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How do I send an image over HTTP protocol in C?

I'm a student doing a web server exercise and I need a bit of help.

I have my web server working fine for text pages but whenever the brower sends a ---GET /img.jpg HTTP/1.1 request, I don't know how to handle it. I've heard the HTTP protocol is text based, so how do I send an image in my HTTP response?

Here is a segment where I create my normal HTTP response, I plan to use readresult == 2 to signal an image.

if(readresult == 1){
    sprintf(toreturn, "%s
%s
%s

%s", "HTTP/1.1 200 OK", "Content-Type: text/html", "Connection: close", readpagestring);
    returnflag = 1;
}
else if(readresult == 2){
    returnflag = 2;
}
else{
    sprintf(toreturn, "%s
%s
%s

%s", "HTTP/1.1 404 Not Found", "Content-Type: text/html", "Connection: close", readpagestring);
    returnflag = 0;
}

And the function it calls

int readpage(char *readaddress, char *pagereturn){
    FILE *inputfile = (FILE *)calloc(1,sizeof(FILE));
    int flag;
    int c;
    int n = 0;
    readaddress++;
    inputfile=fopen(readaddress,"r");
    if (inputfile==NULL){
        FILE *missingfile;
        missingfile=fopen("404.html","r");
        while ((c = fgetc (missingfile)) != EOF){
            *(pagereturn+n) = c;
            n++;
        }
        flag = 0;
        fclose (missingfile);
    }
    else{
        while ((c = fgetc (inputfile)) != EOF){
            *(pagereturn+n) = c;
            n++;
        }
        flag = 1;
        fclose (inputfile);
    }
    return flag;
}

 

You have to return a HTTP response like this: (very minimal, you can add all the headers you need anyway)

HTTP/1.1 200 OK

Content-Type: image/gif

Content-Length: [length in bytes of the image]



[binary data of your image]

Obviously you also have to set the content type accordingly to the type of your image.

You can build the headers with a sprintf, then memcpy the binary data of the image just after the last 

Ensure that toreturn buffer is large enough.

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