Determining if file is valid image file

kyosohma at gmail.com kyosohma at gmail.com
Thu Aug 2 16:38:06 CEST 2007


On Aug 2, 9:35 am, Thomas Jollans <tho... at jollans.com> wrote:
> On Thursday 02 August 2007, André wrote:
>
> > On Aug 2, 11:14 am, André <andre.robe... at gmail.com> wrote:
> > > Other than installing PIL, is there a "simple" way using Python only
> > > to determine if a file is a valid image file?
>
> > > I'd be happy if I could at least identify valid images files for gif,
> > > jpeg and png.   Pointers to existing modules or examples would be
> > > appreciated.
>
> > > The reason why I'd prefer not using PIL is that I'd like to bundle
> > > such a function/module in my app.
>
> > I should have added: I'm interesting in validating the file *content*
> > - not the filename :-)
>
> The file name has nothing to do with the type :-P
>
> A straightforward way you won't like: read the specs for all formats you're
> interested in and write the function yourself ;-)

Use the md5 module to create checksums. Links below:

http://www.peterbe.com/plog/using-md5-to-check-equality-between-files
http://effbot.org/librarybook/md5.htm
http://docs.python.org/lib/module-md5.html

Larry is right too...what's wrong with bundling PIL or any third party
module?

Mike




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