Software and Other Stuff

21 Jun 2011

Downloading and unzipping a file with ruby

Quick! I need to download a zip file from an HTTP server and unzip it! That's surely trivial with ruby... is it? Yes, it is. But! Turns out there are a bunch of zip handling gems out there, and I had to try a a couple before arriving to my final solution.

First, let's download the file. This particular resource is served via an HTTP POST method. Yeah, unusual for a zip file.

require 'net/http'

  url = ""
  data = { "some-bizarre-params" => "which-are-needed" }

  zipbytes = Net::HTTP.post_form(URI.parse(url), data).body

Done. Moving forward, let's unzip the file. One detail to bear in mind, I have the zip file as a buffer (a String instance), and I don't want to go trough a tempfile to unzip it. The good news is that the zipruby gem can work off buffers.

require 'zipruby'

  Zip::Archive.open_buffer(zipbytes) do |zf|
    # this is a single file archive, so read the first file
    zf.fopen(zf.get_name(0)) do |f|
      unzipped =
      # done! do something with the unzipped file.

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