check if file is MS Word or PDF file

Chris Rebert clp at
Sun Sep 28 00:13:08 CEST 2008

On Sat, Sep 27, 2008 at 2:43 PM, A. Joseph <joefazee at> wrote:
> What should I look for in a file to determine whether or not it is a
> MS Word file or an Excel file or a PDF file, etc., etc.? including Zip
> files
> I don`t want to check for file extension.
> os.path.splitext('Filename.jpg') will produce a tuple of filename and
> extension, but some file don`t even have extension and can still be read by
> MS Word or NotePad. i want to be 100% sure of the file.

Well, if you're on unix, you could run the 'file' command and check
its output using the 'subprocess' module, but it sounds like you're on

Follow the path of the Iguana...

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