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Great answer on “windows – What encoding/code page is cmd.exe using” (via: Stack Overflow)

Posted by jpluimers on 2014/10/06

I just found this [Wayback] great answer (which by now regrettably is deleted; the previous Wayback link still has it) by [Wayback] Јοеу a.k.a. Johannes Rössel on [Wayback] What encoding/code page is cmd.exe using.

The whole answer is worth reading, so I won’t quote only some bits.

Edit 20210609: the answer now has been replaced by an even more detailed answer [Wayback] by [Wayback] andrewdotn. Also recommended reading. The summary of the new answer is this:

The moral of the story?

  • type can print UTF-16LE files with a BOM regardless of your current codepage
  • Win32 programs can be programmed to output Unicode to the console, using WriteConsoleW.
  • Other programs which set the codepage and adjust their output encoding accordingly can print Unicode on the console regardless of what the codepage was when the program started
  • For everything else you will have to mess around with chcp, and will probably still get weird output.


via:   windows – What encoding/code page is cmd.exe using – Stack Overflow.

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