I have been looking for a way to read a string as a file in Python for a while. Basically, I want to be able to read images without first saving them, like with sometimes using Java’s .getBytes() method for strings combined with the ByteArrayInputStream when offered the use of a stream input by an API method as a method parameter. The answer, BytesIO. This amazing class works wonders.
from io import BytesIO from PIL import Image imagestring=urllib2.urlopen("http://www.myurl.com/image.jpg") img=Image.open(BytesIO(imagestring),'L')