PIMg021 PIMg021 - 6 months ago 101
Python Question

Python 2.7 smtplib how to send attachment with Error 13 permission denied?

hope you are well. I'm using python 2.7 with PyCharm on a Windows 7 and new at it.
I'm trying to send email with attachment but get error :

IOError: [Errno 13] Permission denied: 'C:\Users\Myname\Desktop' This is my code:

import smtplib
from email.MIMEMultipart import MIMEMultipart
from email.MIMEText import MIMEText
from email.MIMEBase import MIMEBase
from email import encoders

fromaddr = "mail@gmail.com"
toaddr = "mail@gmail.com"

msg = MIMEMultipart()

msg['From'] = fromaddr
msg['To'] = toaddr
msg['Subject'] = "Something bla bla bla"

body = "Something bla bla bla"

msg.attach(MIMEText(body, 'plain'))

filename = "CV.txt"
attachment = open("C:\Users\MyName\Desktop","rb")

part = MIMEBase('application', 'octet-stream')
part.add_header('Content-Disposition', "attachment; filename= %s" % filename)


server = smtplib.SMTP('smtp.gmail.com', 587)
server.login(fromaddr, "PASSWORD")
text = msg.as_string()
server.sendmail(fromaddr, toaddr, text)

I read the other articles and the most common problem seems to be to not have sufficent permission, however i am the Administrator. Anyhow if that were to be the case what i need to do exactlys step by step to get it going? or is there another problem not related to the permission?
Thanks in advance.
Warmest regards


You are trying to open a directory as a file, you need to pass the actual file you want to open:

attachment =  open(r"C:\Users\MyName\Desktop\the_file")