Streaming pdf with URLLib

Scooter slbentley at
Wed May 20 17:08:18 EDT 2009

I'm playing around with urllib, and httplib, trying to make something
of a pdf proxy.I have a pdf that lives on an internal web server, and
I would like to be able to stream it to my external server. (this is
just a test for a bigger process. Yes I could just copy the pdf to the
external box). I was playing with URLLib doing something like


import urllib

u = urllib.urlopen('https://myinternal.server/pdfs/pdfstreamer.aspx')
print 'Content-type: application/pdf\n\n'
# print 'Content-type: application/x-msdownload; name=\"FileName\"\n
# print 'Content-Dispostion: attachment; filename=\"FileName\"\r\n\n'

pdfdoc =
print pdfdoc

Hitting my pdfstreamer.aspx app directly through a browser renders a
pdf just fine. So now I'm attempting to use this python app on an
external webserver, access it as a cgi, to pull the pdf, and then re-
render it, but at that point it just shows me the raw pdf in
the browser.

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