I'm trying to read a BMP file in Python. I know the first two bytes
indicate the BMP firm. The next 4 bytes are the file size. When I excecute:
fin = open("hi.bmp", "rb")
firm = fin.read(2)
file_size = int(fin.read(4))
ValueError: invalid literal for int() with base 10: 'F#\x13'
read method returns a sequence of bytes as a string. To convert from a string byte-sequence to binary data, use the built-in
struct module: http://docs.python.org/library/struct.html.
import struct print(struct.unpack('i', fin.read(4)))
unpack always returns a tuple, so
struct.unpack('i', fin.read(4)) gives the integer value that you are after.
You should probably use the format string
'<i' (< is a modifier that indicates little-endian byte-order and standard size and alignment - the default is to use the platform's byte ordering, size and alignment). According to the BMP format spec, the bytes should be written in Intel/little-endian byte order.