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Re: FIle size

From: Richard Atterer <>
Date: Thu, 29 Nov 2007 16:18:25 +0100

On Thu, Nov 29, 2007 at 03:56:43PM +0100, Barthold, Robert wrote:
> how can i get the file size of a file that i want to download, BEFORE i
> download the file. I didn't find any options or paramters.

You could use a HEAD request (instead of GET). The returned Content-Length
header contains the number of bytes of the file. It is not mandatory for
servers to return this header; if the server does not send it, your only
option is to download the data and count the bytes yourself.

However, a HEAD request might not be the best way if you intend to download
the file immediately after finding out the length. Instead, do a normal GET
and register a function using CURLOPT_PROGRESSFUNCTION:



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Received on 2007-11-29