January 28, 2013

Python - verify a PNG file and get image dimensions

useful snippet for getting .png image dimensions without using an external imaging library.

#!/usr/bin/env python

import struct

def get_image_info(data):
    if is_png(data):
        w, h = struct.unpack('>LL', data[16:24])
        width = int(w)
        height = int(h)
        raise Exception('not a png image')
    return width, height

def is_png(data):
    return (data[:8] == '\211PNG\r\n\032\n'and (data[12:16] == 'IHDR'))

if __name__ == '__main__':
    with open('foo.png', 'rb') as f:
        data = f.read()

    print is_png(data)
    print get_image_info(data)

getimageinfo.py source, Portable_Network_Graphics (Wikipedia)

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