[Solved]-Sending multiple .CSV files to .ZIP without storing to disk in Python


zipfile is a standard library module that does exactly what you’re looking for. For your use-case, the meat and potatoes is a method called “writestr” that takes a name of a file and the data contained within it that you’d like to zip.

In the code below, I’ve used a sequential naming scheme for the files when they’re unzipped, but this can be switched to whatever you’d like.

import zipfile
import StringIO

zipped_file = StringIO.StringIO()
with zipfile.ZipFile(zipped_file, 'w') as zip:
    for i, file in enumerate(files):
        zip.writestr("{}.csv".format(i), file.read())


If you want to future-proof your code (hint hint Python 3 hint hint), you might want to switch over to using io.BytesIO instead of StringIO, since Python 3 is all about the bytes. Another bonus is that explicit seeks are not necessary with io.BytesIO before reads (I haven’t tested this behavior with Django’s HttpResponse, so I’ve left that final seek in there just in case).

import io
import zipfile

zipped_file = io.BytesIO()
with zipfile.ZipFile(zipped_file, 'w') as f:
    for i, file in enumerate(files):
        f.writestr("{}.csv".format(i), file.getvalue())



The stdlib comes with the module zipfile, and the main class, ZipFile, accepts a file or file-like object:

from zipfile import ZipFile
temp_file = StringIO.StringIO()
zipped = ZipFile(temp_file, 'w')

# create temp csv_files = [(name1, data1), (name2, data2), ... ]

for name, data in csv_files:
    zipped.writestr(name, data.read())



# etc. etc.

I’m not a user of StringIO so I may have the seek and read out of place, but hopefully you get the idea.


def zipFiles(files):
    outfile = StringIO() # io.BytesIO() for python 3
    with zipfile.ZipFile(outfile, 'w') as zf:
        for n, f in enumarate(files):
            zf.writestr("{}.csv".format(n), f.getvalue())
    return outfile.getvalue()

zipped_file = zip_files(myfiles)
response = HttpResponse(zipped_file, content_type='application/octet-stream')
response['Content-Disposition'] = 'attachment; filename=my_file.zip'

StringIO has getvalue method which return the entire contents. You can compress the zipfile
by zipfile.ZipFile(outfile, 'w', zipfile.ZIP_DEFLATED). Default value of compression is ZIP_STORED which will create zip file without compressing.


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