# base64 encoding converts binary data to plain text # it stores each group of three binary bytes as a group of four characters from the text set: # ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789+/ # the = character is used for padding at the end of the data stream # this way an image file can be represented as a string to transmit or # a short image can be embedded in code as a string, you can insert newlines at # convenient locations into this embedded string, they will be ignored when # decoding with for instance jpg1 = base64.b64decode(jpg1_b64) # tested with Python24 vegaseat 06oct2005 import base64 # pick a jpeg file you have and want ... jpgfile = "halloween3.jpg" # note: binary read "rb" is required! # this gives a one line string ... #jpg_text = 'jpg1_b64 = \\\n"""' + base64.b64encode(open(jpgfile,"rb").read()) + '"""' # another option, inserts newlines about every 76 characters, easier to copy and paste! jpg_text = 'jpg1_b64 = \\\n"""' + base64.encodestring(open(jpgfile,"rb").read()) + '"""' print jpg_text # optionally save to a text file filename = "jpg1_b64.txt" try: fout = open(filename, "w") fout.write(jpg_text) fout.close() except IOError: print "File %s could not be saved!" % filename
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