Supported encodingsΒΆ

Universal Encoding Detector currently supports over two dozen character encodings.

  • Big5, GB2312/GB18030, EUC-TW, HZ-GB-2312, and ISO-2022-CN (Traditional and Simplified Chinese)
  • EUC-JP, SHIFT_JIS, and ISO-2022-JP (Japanese)
  • EUC-KR and ISO-2022-KR (Korean)
  • KOI8-R, MacCyrillic, IBM855, IBM866, ISO-8859-5, and windows-1251 (Russian)
  • ISO-8859-2 and windows-1250 (Hungarian)
  • ISO-8859-5 and windows-1251 (Bulgarian)
  • ISO-8859-1 and windows-1252 (Western European languages)
  • ISO-8859-7 and windows-1253 (Greek)
  • ISO-8859-8 and windows-1255 (Visual and Logical Hebrew)
  • TIS-620 (Thai)
  • UTF-32 BE, LE, 3412-ordered, or 2143-ordered (with a BOM)
  • UTF-16 BE or LE (with a BOM)
  • UTF-8 (with or without a BOM)


Due to inherent similarities between certain encodings, some encodings may be detected incorrectly. In my tests, the most problematic case was Hungarian text encoded as ISO-8859-2 or windows-1250 (encoded as one but reported as the other). Also, Greek text encoded as ISO-8859-7 was often mis-reported as ISO-8859-2. Your mileage may vary.