Bing Image Retrieval V2

I was thinking about how the Bing Desktop application manages to retrieve the Bing image each day, so I used Wireshark to monitor the application as it runs. I noticed that it retrieves an XML document from, which provides the URL for the image. Using this I updated my script I originally posted here . It also looks like we can retrieve the higher resolution 1920x1200 image with this URL from outside the USA too.

import urllib2
import os
import sys
import shutil
import argparse

from xml.dom import minidom

def main(save_location):
bing_url = ''
xml_url = ''

xml = urllib2.urlopen(xml_url)
xml_doc = minidom.parse(xml)
url_base = xml_doc.getElementsByTagName('urlBase')[0].firstChild.nodeValue
extension = xml_doc.getElementsByTagName('url')[0].firstChild.nodeValue.split('.')[-1]
image_url = bing_url + url_base + '_1920x1200.' + extension

img = urllib2.urlopen(image_url)
except urllib2.HTTPError as e:

image_name = image_url.split('/')[-1]

if not os.path.exists(save_location):

if save_location[-1] != '/' or save_location[-1] != '\\':
save_location += '/'

with open(save_location + image_name, 'wb') as f:
shutil.copyfileobj(img, f)

if __name__ == "__main__":
script_dir = os.path.dirname(os.path.realpath(__file__))
parser = argparse.ArgumentParser(description='Download todays Bing image.')
parser.add_argument('-d', '--dir', dest='save_location', action='store',
help='Directory to store the downloaded image (default: directory of this program)')

results = parser.parse_args()


You can also find the repository at
This was posted on Tue 24 Jun 2014 (5 years ago) by Ryan McConville