Text file decoder

Using this calculator you can decode and read a text file in some encoding.

Before Unicode gained popularity, various character encodings were used to represent texts in national languages (especially for languages that do not use Latin).
This calculator can be useful to read a text file in an obsolete encoding.
To see the contents of an old text file, load it into the calculator and select the encoding. As a result, readable text or a set of meaningless characters will be displayed if the encoding is not selected correctly.

PLANETCALC, Text file viewer

Text file viewer

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If you can't choose the correct encoding, you can use the following calculator to determine it semi-automatically. The calculator will try to display the text using all available encodings. As a result, one of the table lines will contain a correctly displayed initial text fragment; there will be an encoding name to the left of it.

PLANETCALC, Finding a text file encoding

Finding a text file encoding

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To generate files in old encodings, you can use this calculator: Text file encoding

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PLANETCALC, Text file decoder