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Downloading .h5 file with urllib

Downloading .h5 file with urllib

colehurwitz
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Hello,

I recently uploaded a 4gb .h5 file onto dropbox under this url:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/1jolgsw5kgxmsd5/recordings_300_SqMEA-10-15um_minamp0_60s_10uV_far-neurons_...

When I try to download it using urllib in python 3:

file_url = 'https://www.dropbox.com/s/1jolgsw5kgxmsd5/recordings_300_SqMEA-10-15um_minamp0_60s_10uV_far-neurons_...'

file_name = 'recordings_300_SqMEA-10-15um_minamp0_60s_10uV_far-    neurons_bpf_25-03-2019.h5'

urllib.request.urlretrieve(file_url, file_name)

It downloads a 226K file that can't be parsed. Any idea what the issue might be or what I am doing wrong here? I can download the file normally by pressing the download button on the dropbox page.

Best regards,

Cole Hurwitz

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Greg-DB
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That URL is actually for a preview web page for the file, not the file data itself. (The short file you're getting back is probably the HTML page itself.)

You can modify these shared links for direct file access if you need though. You can find information on doing so here:

https://help.dropbox.com/desktop-web/force-download

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Greg-DB
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That URL is actually for a preview web page for the file, not the file data itself. (The short file you're getting back is probably the HTML page itself.)

You can modify these shared links for direct file access if you need though. You can find information on doing so here:

https://help.dropbox.com/desktop-web/force-download

colehurwitz
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Thanks so much! This worked.

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