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Universal encoding detector for Python 3

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Chardet: The Universal Character Encoding Detector

Build status Latest version on PyPI License
  • ASCII, UTF-8, UTF-16 (2 variants), UTF-32 (4 variants)

  • Big5, GB2312, EUC-TW, HZ-GB-2312, ISO-2022-CN (Traditional and Simplified Chinese)

  • EUC-JP, SHIFT_JIS, CP932, ISO-2022-JP (Japanese)

  • EUC-KR, ISO-2022-KR, Johab (Korean)

  • KOI8-R, MacCyrillic, IBM855, IBM866, ISO-8859-5, windows-1251 (Cyrillic)

  • ISO-8859-5, windows-1251 (Bulgarian)

  • ISO-8859-1, windows-1252, MacRoman (Western European languages)

  • ISO-8859-7, windows-1253 (Greek)

  • ISO-8859-8, windows-1255 (Visual and Logical Hebrew)

  • TIS-620 (Thai)

Requires Python 3.7+.


Install from PyPI:

pip install chardet


For users, docs are now available at

Command-line Tool

chardet comes with a command-line script which reports on the encodings of one or more files:

% chardetect somefile someotherfile
somefile: windows-1252 with confidence 0.5
someotherfile: ascii with confidence 1.0


This is a continuation of Mark Pilgrim’s excellent original chardet port from C, and Ian Cordasco’s charade Python 3-compatible fork.


Dan Blanchard

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