[python] Python POST binary data

I am writing some code to interface with redmine and I need to upload some files as part of the process, but I am not sure how to do a POST request from python containing a binary file.

I am trying to mimic the commands here:

curl --data-binary "@image.png" -H "Content-Type: application/octet-stream" -X POST -u login:password http://redmine/uploads.xml

In python (below), but it does not seem to work. I am not sure if the problem is somehow related to encoding the file or if something is wrong with the headers.

import urllib2, os

FilePath = "C:\somefolder\somefile.7z"
FileData = open(FilePath, "rb")
length = os.path.getsize(FilePath)

password_manager = urllib2.HTTPPasswordMgrWithDefaultRealm()
password_manager.add_password(None, 'http://redmine/', 'admin', 'admin')
auth_handler = urllib2.HTTPBasicAuthHandler(password_manager)
opener = urllib2.build_opener(auth_handler)
request = urllib2.Request( r'http://redmine/uploads.xml', FileData)
request.add_header('Content-Length', '%d' % length)
request.add_header('Content-Type', 'application/octet-stream')
    response = urllib2.urlopen( request)
    print response.read()
except urllib2.HTTPError as e:
    error_message = e.read()
    print error_message

I have access to the server and it looks like a encoding error:

invalid byte sequence in UTF-8
Line: 1
Position: 624
Last 80 unconsumed characters:

(further down)

Started POST "/uploads.xml" for at 2013-01-16 09:57:49 -0800
Processing by AttachmentsController#upload as XML
WARNING: Can't verify CSRF token authenticity
  Current user: anonymous
Filter chain halted as :authorize_global rendered or redirected
Completed 401 Unauthorized in 13ms (ActiveRecord: 3.1ms)

This question is related to python rest post urllib2 redmine

The answer is

You can use unirest, It provides easy method to post request. `

import unirest
def callback(response):
 print "code:"+ str(response.code)
 print "******************"
 print "headers:"+ str(response.headers)
 print "******************"
 print "body:"+ str(response.body)
 print "******************"
 print "raw_body:"+ str(response.raw_body)
# consume async post request
def consumePOSTRequestASync():
 params = {'test1':'param1','test2':'param2'}
 # we need to pass a dummy variable which is open method
 # actually unirest does not provide variable to shift between
 # application-x-www-form-urlencoded and
 # multipart/form-data
 params['dummy'] = open('dummy.txt', 'r')
 url = 'http://httpbin.org/post'
 headers = {"Accept": "application/json"}
 # call get service with headers and params
 unirest.post(url, headers = headers,params = params, callback = callback)
# post async request multipart/form-data

you need to add Content-Disposition header, smth like this (although I used mod-python here, but principle should be the same):

request.headers_out['Content-Disposition'] = 'attachment; filename=%s' % myfname

This has nothing to do with a malformed upload. The HTTP error clearly specifies 401 unauthorized, and tells you the CSRF token is invalid. Try sending a valid CSRF token with the upload.

More about csrf tokens here:

What is a CSRF token ? What is its importance and how does it work?

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