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encguess - guess character encodings of files


$Id: encguess,v 0.4 2023/11/10 01:10:50 dankogai Exp $


  encguess [switches] filename...



show this message and exit.


specify a list of "suspect encoding types" to test, separated by either : or ,


output a list of all acceptable encoding types that can be used with the -s param


suppress display of unidentified types


  • Guess encoding of a file named test.txt, using only the default suspect types.

       encguess test.txt
  • Guess the encoding type of a file named test.txt, using the suspect types euc-jp,shiftjis,7bit-jis.

       encguess -s euc-jp,shiftjis,7bit-jis test.txt
       encguess -s euc-jp:shiftjis:7bit-jis test.txt
  • Guess the encoding type of several files, do not display results for unidentified files.

       encguess -us euc-jp,shiftjis,7bit-jis test*.txt


The encoding identification is done by checking one encoding type at a time until all but the right type are eliminated. The set of encoding types to try is defined by the -s parameter and defaults to ascii, utf8 and UTF-16/32 with BOM. This can be overridden by passing one or more encoding types via the -s parameter. If you need to pass in multiple suspect encoding types, use a quoted string with the a space separating each value.


Encode::Guess, Encode::Detect


Copyright 2015 Michael LaGrasta and Dan Kogai.

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the Artistic License (2.0). You may obtain a copy of the full license at: