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How to Download a linked file on a webpage via Python

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I am trying to use Python 2.7 to open a web browser and download and save a linked kml file.

The website is:

When I run the code below, a new kml file appears to be saved on my drive, however it does not bring over the entire file. Instead of 154MB, it brings over a file that is only 17 bytes.

I can either go to the website ( and then click on a link named "ActiveFirePerimeters.kml", or go to the website with the kml file name included which automatically initiates a download. In IE9 I would then need to click a "Save" button, however in Chrome it appears to automatically download. However in both only 17bytes come across....

Here is my code for Internet Explorer:

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  1. import os, webbrowser
  2. target_dir = r"C:\DataTest"
  3. filename = "ActiveFirePerimeters.kml"
  5. fullname = os.path.join(target_dir,filename)
  6. with open(fullname,"w") as f:
  7.    f.write("<html>....</html>")
  9. url = ""
  12. os.system("taskkill /F /IM iexplore.exe")
Aug 6 '13 #1
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