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#!/usr/bin/env python
Image to BASE64
Take an image file and encode it with BASE64. Put the encoded data in
an "img" HTML tag.
Author: Laszlo Szathmary, 2011 (
./ <image_file>
By default, the data is nested in an HTML tag and the output
is wrapped. These settings can be customized.
The output is printed to the standard output.
Sample output:
<img class='inline-image' src='data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhIgAbAPMPAGxsbNbW1v
7Mpydnp+goaKjFBEAOw==' />
import sys
import imghdr
import base64
import textwrap
# you can change the 'class' attribute or you can add more attributes
TEMPLATE = "<img class='inline-image'" + \
" src='data:image/{0};base64,{1}' />"
# format options
HTML = 1 # one line, nested in TEMPLATE
BASE64 = 2 # one line, pure base64 encoded output
HTML_WRAP = 3 # wrapped HTML output, nested in TEMPLATE
# width fot text wrap
def convert_to_base64(filename, image_type, format=HTML):
"""Read the image file and encode it with base64.
Return the image file either in an HTML img tag or as plain base64 text.
img = open(filename, 'rb')
data = base64.b64encode(
if format in [HTML, HTML_WRAP]:
text = TEMPLATE.format(image_type, data)
if format == HTML_WRAP:
text = '\n'.join(textwrap.wrap(text, HTML_WRAP_WIDTH))
return text
# else
if format == BASE64:
return data
# else
return ''
def main(args):
"""Verify the format of the input file and print the base64 encoded text.
Supported file formats: 'png' and 'jpeg'.
filename = args[0]
image_type = imghdr.what(filename)
if image_type not in ['png', 'jpeg', 'gif']:
print "{0}: image file should be PNG, JPG or GIF.".format(sys.argv[0])
# else
print convert_to_base64(filename, image_type, format=HTML_WRAP)
if __name__ == "__main__":
if len(sys.argv) == 1:
print "{0}: missing image file argument.".format(sys.argv[0])
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