Is there some way to download and show a file from a URI/URL?

I now I can use wget and then open the downloaded file and I guess I could even try to write myself a small function to do this.

But most likely someone did before me so is there a function/package that will let me get a file from the internets (would be great if it did not save the file somewhere first) and open it in a new buffer?

M-x url-handler-mode
C-x C-f http://emacs.stackexchange.com/questions/21180/is-there-a-way-to-show-open-a-file-from-a-uri-url

This opens the HTML file of this stackexchange question in your Emacs.

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    yes nice - is there a way to combine this into a single command so I don't have to change the mode of some random buffer first? – Carsten Mar 23 '16 at 11:51
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    url-handler-mode is a global minor mode, not a major mode. Just put (url-handler-mode 1) into your init file. – phils Mar 23 '16 at 12:06

If you want the file "rendered", you can use the web browser eww - just do M-x eww RET url RET

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