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anonymous /gist:3417652
Created Aug 21, 2012

Detect a file's category.
import mimetypes
import magic
magic_mime =
class FileCategory(list):
def __init__(self, *mimes):
for mime in mimes:
class FileCategory:
IMAGE = FileCategory()
AUDIO = FileCategory()
VIDEO = FileCategory()
DOCUMENT = FileCategory(
'application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.text', 'application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.presentation',
'application/msword' #... etc.
ARCHIVE = FileCategory(
'application/x-tar', 'application/x-cpio', 'application/x-bzip2',
'application/x-7z-compressed' #... etc.
OTHER = FileCategory()
def get_file_category(path):
mime_type = magic_mime.file(path)
if mime_type:
mime_type = mime_type.split(';')[0]
mime_type = mimetypes.guess_type(path)[0]
if mime_type.startswith('image/'):
return FileCategory.IMAGE
if mime_type.startswith('audio/'):
return FileCategory.AUDIO
if mime_type.startswith('video/'):
return FileCategory.VIDEO
if mime_type.startswith('text/'):
return FileCategory.DOCUMENT
if mime_type in FileCategory.IMAGE:
return FileCategory.IMAGE
if mime_type in FileCategory.AUDIO:
return FileCategory.AUDIO
if mime_type in FileCategory.VIDEO:
return FileCategory.VIDEO
if mime_type in FileCategory.DOCUMENT:
return FileCategory.DOCUMENT
if mime_type in FileCategory.ARCHIVE:
return FileCategory.ARCHIVE
return FileCategory.OTHER
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