How do I decode unicode characters in the subject using email.message_from_string()?

rdmurray at rdmurray at
Wed Feb 25 15:50:37 CET 2009

Steve Holden <steve at> wrote:
> >>> from email.header import decode_header
> >>> print
> decode_header("=?us-ascii?Q?Inteum_C/SR_User_Tip:__Quick_Access_to_Recently_Opened_Inteu?=\r\n\t=?us-ascii?Q?m_C/SR_Records?=")
> [('Inteum C/SR User Tip:  Quick Access to Recently Opened Inteum C/SR
> Records', 'us-ascii')]
> >>>

It is interesting that decode_header does what I would consider to be
the right thing (from a pragmatic standpoint) with that particular bit
of Microsoft not-quite-standards-compliant brain-damage; but, removing
the tab is not in fact standards compliant if I'm reading the RFC


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