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Re: Saving files from the web

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  • Subject: [mg111307] Re: Saving files from the web
  • From: Albert Retey <awnl at>
  • Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2010 04:16:32 -0400 (EDT)
  • References: <i2btas$bao$>


> I want to save some files from the web to the disk. I already
> generated the list of strings with the urls of the files I want to
> get, urlList, and I want them to keep the same names under the
> directory stored in the variable "dir". But my difficulty is in
> getting a file from the web and saving it to disk without Mathematica
> interpreting anything about the format. FileCopy doesn't seem to work.
> Files are in zip, doc and pdf formats but I'm looking for a format-
> independent way. Should be easy, just binary import-export, but it's
> giving me a hard time.
> Any easy way to tell Mathematica to do this?

You can use a second or third argument to Import and Export. I think
this should work (I tested it with a pdf file from the web):


I'm not sure whether this code and using mathematica in general is the
most effective way to solve this kind of problems, though...



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