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MagicNumberType infers mime types from leading bits


Magic numbers are the first bits of a file or data stream which uniquely identify the type of file or data stream.

For example when the first bits are "BM", this identifies the file as a bitmap image file.

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gem install sixarm_ruby_magic_number_type


gem "sixarm_ruby_magic_number_type", "~>1.2.0"


This gem infers based on widespread programming conventions for data file formats.

These magic numbers are by convention and we are using this guide:

Typical uses of magic numbers:

  • to quickly identify a file's data type
  • to check if data matches the file's MIME type or extension
  • to check if a web form file upload matches its HTTP content type



  • 2012-04-20 1.2.0 Upgrade to much faster algorithm
  • 2012-03-14 1.1.0 Update docs, tests


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