Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (MIME) extend the format of e-mail to support text in character sets, non-text attachments, multi-part message bodies and header information in non-ASCII character sets.

The chart below is by no means a complete list – a complete list runs to pages and pages (often containing very obscure MIME types that you will never have cause to use). For more information about the many MIME-types, refer to

Table 1. Common MIME types
Suffixes applicable Media type and subtype(s)
.au audio/basic
.avi video/msvideo, video/avi, video/x-msvideo
.bmp image/bmp
.bz2 application/x-bzip2
.css text/css
.dtd application/xml-dtd
.doc application/msword
.docx application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.wordprocessingml.document
.dotx application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.wordprocessingml.template
.es application/ecmascript
.exe application/octet-stream
.gif image/gif
.gz application/x-gzip
.hqx application/mac-binhex40
.html text/html
.jar application/java-archive
.jpg image/jpeg
.js application/x-javascript
.midi audio/x-midi
.mp3 audio/mpeg
.mpeg video/mpeg
.ogg audio/vorbis, application/ogg
.pdf application/pdf
.pl application/x-perl
.png image/png
.potx application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.presentationml.template
.ppsx application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.presentationml.slideshow
.ppt application/>

.pptx application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.presentationml.presentation
.ps application/postscript
.qt video/quicktime
.ra audio/x-pn-realaudio, audio/vnd.rn-realaudio
.ram audio/x-pn-realaudio, audio/vnd.rn-realaudio
.rdf application/rdf, application/rdf+xml
.rtf application/rtf
.sgml text/sgml
.sit application/x-stuffit
.sldx application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.presentationml.slide
.svg image/svg+xml
.swf application/x-shockwave-flash
.tar.gz application/x-tar
.tgz application/x-tar
.tiff image/tiff
.tsv text/tab-separated-values
.txt text/plain
.wav audio/wav, audio/x-wav
.xlam application/
.xls application/
.xlsb application/
.xlsx application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.spreadsheetml.sheet
.xltx application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.spreadsheetml.template
.xml application/xml
.zip application/zip, application/x-compressed-zip

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