GetRawMessageContent - Amazon WorkMail


Retrieves the raw content of an in-transit email message, in MIME format.

Request Syntax

GET /messages/messageId HTTP/1.1

URI Request Parameters

The request uses the following URI parameters.


The identifier of the email message to retrieve.

Length Constraints: Minimum length of 1. Maximum length of 120.

Pattern: [a-z0-9\-]*

Required: Yes

Request Body

The request does not have a request body.

Response Syntax

HTTP/1.1 200 messageContent

Response Elements

If the action is successful, the service sends back an HTTP 200 response.

The response returns the following as the HTTP body.


The raw content of the email message, in MIME format.


For information about the errors that are common to all actions, see Common Errors.


The requested email message is not found.

HTTP Status Code: 404


In the following examples, the Authorization header contents (AUTHPARAMS) must be replaced with an AWS Signature Version 4 signature. For more information about creating these signatures, see Signature Version 4 Signing Process in the AWS General Reference.

You only need to learn how to sign HTTP requests if you intend to manually create them. When you use the AWS Command Line Interface (AWS CLI) or one of the AWS SDKs to make requests to AWS, these tools automatically sign the requests for you with the access key that you specify when you configure the tools. When you use these tools, you don't need to learn how to sign requests yourself.


This example gets the raw content of an in-transit email message and sends it to a text file named "test".

Sample Request

GET /messages/a1b2cd34-ef5g-6h7j-kl8m-npq9012345rs HTTP/1.1 Host: Accept-Encoding: identity User-Agent: aws-cli/1.16.273 Python/3.6.0 Windows/10 botocore/1.13.9 X-Amz-Date: 20191107T195012Z Authorization: AUTHPARAMS

Sample Response

HTTP/1.1 200 OK Cache-Control: no-cache Content-Type: application/json Date: Thu, 07 Nov 2019 19:50:12 GMT x-amzn-RequestId: ea71f214-79c5-4f89-9d4e-1ab4c43ae0df Content-Length: 1344 Connection: keep-alive Subject: Hello World From: =?UTF-8?Q?marymajor_marymajor?= <> To: =?UTF-8?Q?mateojackson=40example=2Enet?= <> Date: Thu, 7 Nov 2019 19:22:46 +0000 Mime-Version: 1.0 Content-Type: multipart/alternative; boundary="=_EXAMPLE+" References: <> X-Priority: 3 (Normal) X-Mailer: Amazon WorkMail Thread-Index: EXAMPLE Thread-Topic: Hello World Message-Id: <> This is a multi-part message in MIME format. Your mail reader does not understand MIME message format. --=_EXAMPLE+ Content-Type: text/plain; charset=UTF-8 Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit hello world --=_EXAMPLE+ Content-Type: text/html; charset=utf-8 Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable <!DOCTYPE HTML><html> <head> <meta name=3D"Generator" content=3D"Amazon WorkMail v3.0-4510"> <meta http-equiv=3D"Content-Type" content=3D"text/html; charset=3Dutf-8">= <title>testing</title> </head> <body> <p style=3D"margin: 0px; font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">hello world</p> </body> </html> --=_EXAMPLE+--

See Also

For more information about using this API in one of the language-specific AWS SDKs, see the following: