Switch document encodings

Re-encoder take a folder full of files, assumes that they are encoded plain text, and saves each one into a different encoding. You specify the ‘from’ and ‘to’ encodings. If you’re not sure, there’s a preview function where you can experiment with different encodings until your file looks right.

The graphical version looks like this on a Mac with the encoding previewer open showing the top of a file. Click on the image to see it full size in a new browser window.

screenshot of Re-encoder with previewed document, on a Mac


You can download Version 0.2 from Sourceforge or ponder the source code.


Re-encoder is open source software distributed under the Gnu Public License (GPL).


If you’d like to refer to the package in written work, you can use this:

Lowe W. (2012) ‘Re-encoder: Switch encodings’. Java software version 0.2, URL:

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