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Get Content-length from downloading a file through URLConnection in Java

Posted on 2006-12-01
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Hi,

I want to know how I can get the file size from a download size using URLConnection. What I do is:

public int getGZIPFileSize(String url){
        int fileSize = 0;
        try{

                URL url = new URL(url);
                URLConnection conn = url.openConnection();
               
                conn.setUseCaches(false);
                conn.setRequestProperty("Cookie",cookie);
                conn.setRequestProperty("Accept-Encoding","gzip");
               
                fileSize = conn.getContentLength();

           
            System.out.println("\n\n\n The file size = " +fileSize+ " \n\n\n");
           
        }catch(Exception e){
            e.printStackTrace();
        }
        return fileSize;
    }

It always returns -1. The file is successfully downloaded using IE from url.  Does anyone have any idea?

Thanks,
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content length is not required to be set. -1 means read until eof.
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Yes you are right. The content length may not be set on the server side.
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