Re: identify the file type

From: Brett Viren <>
Date: Mon, 23 May 2011 11:46:01 -0400

Adrian Sevcenco <> writes:

> Hi! Is there a way to identify the file type other than using a bash
> command like:
> file -b $file | awk '{print $1}'
> I want to distinguish between XML and ASCII file types.

The "file" command is a CLI to libmagic. I've never used it personally but you should be able to link your code against it and use the functions defined in magic.h. Some sparse documentation is in the libmagic(3) man page.


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