.RPMSG File Extension

Outlook Restricted Permission Message

Developer Microsoft
3.3  |  102 Votes
Category Misc Files
Format Binary

What is an RPMSG file?

An RPMSG file is a protected email message created by Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft's email and calendar application. It contains an email that has been encrypted such that only certain users can view, print, copy, or forward it. RPMSG files are sent as attachments to standard email messages; these attachments use the filename message.rpmsg.

More Information

Outlook users can use the program's information rights management (IRM) features to protect emails they send. When a user protects an email this way, Outlook compresses and encrypts the message's contents, as well as any permissions the sender has specified (e.g. restrictions on forwarding or printing the message). It then saves this encrypted version of the message as an RPMSG file.

The RPMSG file is sent to recipients as an attachment to a normal Outlook message. The message explains it contains protected content, and it includes a link that can be used to open the RPMSG file. Only specified recipients can open RPMSG files.

NOTE: Azure Information Protection also creates encrypted email messages saved as RPMSG files.

Common RPMSG Filenames

message.rpmsg - The standard name of RPMSG files; included as attachments in email messages.

How to open an RPMSG file

In Microsoft Outlook and other email applications, you can open a protected email message by clicking the message.rpmsg file attached to an email. When using an application other than Outlook, you may be redirected to a separate webpage to view the protected message.

Keep in mind that you can open a protected message only while logged in to an email account to which the message was originally sent.

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Programs that open RPMSG files

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Updated June 6, 2022

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