Downloading and processing raster files in Python?

Downloading and processing raster files in Python?

I am fairly new to python and seek guidance for a question which might sound trivial to many.

Is there a way to use 'wget' in a python script to download raster files from a server and process them in the same script?

Python has urllib2 built-in, which opens a file-pointer-like object from a IP resource (HTTP, HTTPS, FTP).

import urllib2, os # See rast_url = '' infp = urllib2.urlopen(rast_url)

You can then transfer and write the bytes locally (i.e., download it):

# Open a new file for writing, same filename as source rast_fname = os.path.basename(rast_url) outfp = open(rast_fname, 'wb') # Transfer data… this can take a while… outfp.write( outfp.close() print('Your file is at ' + os.path.join(os.getcwd(), rast_fname))

Now you can do whatever you want with the file.

A couple of ways to accomplish this. You can use the subprocess module to call wget - see

import subprocess

retcode =["wget", args])

Or you can use python to download the file directly using the urllib (or urllib2) module - There are examples in the documentation.

In this previous answer is a method using a call to os.system.

os.system('wget %s' % (fullurl))

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