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Codepages are character encodings. In many contexts, single- or double-byte character sets are used in lieu of Unicode encodings. The codepages map between characters and numbers.


In node:

var cptable = require('codepage');

In the browser:

<script src="cptable.js"></script>
<script src="cputils.js"></script>

Alternatively, use the full version in the dist folder:

<script src="cptable.full.js"></script>

The complete set of codepages is large due to some Double Byte Character Set encodings. A much smaller file that just includes SBCS codepages is provided in this repo (sbcs.js), as well as a file for other projects (cpexcel.js)

If you know which codepages you need, you can include individual scripts for each codepage. The individual files are provided in the bits/ directory. For example, to include only the Mac codepages:

<script src="bits/10000.js"></script>
<script src="bits/10006.js"></script>
<script src="bits/10007.js"></script>
<script src="bits/10029.js"></script>
<script src="bits/10079.js"></script>
<script src="bits/10081.js"></script>

All of the browser scripts define and append to the cptable object. To rename the object, edit the JSVAR shell variable in and run the script.

The utilities functions are contained in cputils.js, which assumes that the appropriate codepage scripts were loaded.

The script will manipulate module.exports if available . This is not always desirable. To prevent the behavior, define DO_NOT_EXPORT_CODEPAGE.


Most codepages are indexed by number. To get the Unicode character for a given codepoint, use the dec property:

var unicode_cp10000_255 = cptable[10000].dec[255]; // ˇ

To get the codepoint for a given character, use the enc property:

var cp10000_711 = cptable[10000].enc[String.fromCharCode(711)]; // 255

There are a few utilities that deal with strings and buffers:

var 汇总 = cptable.utils.decode(936, [0xbb,0xe3,0xd7,0xdc]);
var buf =  cptable.utils.encode(936,  汇总);
var sushi= cptable.utils.decode(65001, [0xf0,0x9f,0x8d,0xa3]); // 🍣
var sbuf = cptable.utils.encode(65001, sushi);

cptable.utils.encode(CP, data, ofmt) accepts a String or Array of characters and returns a representation controlled by ofmt:

  • Default output is a Buffer (or Array) of bytes (integers between 0 and 255)
  • If ofmt == 'str', return a binary String (byte i is o.charCodeAt(i))
  • If ofmt == 'arr', return an Array of bytes

cptable.utils.decode(CP, data) accepts a byte String or Array of numbers or Buffer and returns a JS string.

Known Excel Codepages

A much smaller script, including only the codepages known to be used in Excel, is available under the name cpexcel. It exposes the same variable cptable and is suitable as a drop-in replacement when the full codepage tables are not needed.

In node:

var cptable = require('codepage/dist/cpexcel.full');

Rolling your own script

The script in the repo can take a manifest and generate JS source.


$ bash path_to_manifest output_file_name JSVAR


  • JSVAR is the name of the exported variable (generally cptable)
  • output_file_name is the output file (cpexcel.js, cptable.js, ...)
  • path_to_manifest is the path to the manifest file.

The manifest file is expected to be a CSV with 3 columns:

<codepage number>,<source>,<size>

If a source is specified, it will try to download the specified file and parse. The file format is expected to follow the format from the site. The size should be 1 for a single-byte codepage and 2 for a double-byte codepage. For mixed codepages (which use some single- and some double-byte codes), the script assumes the mapping is a prefix code and generates efficient JS code.

Generated scripts only include the mapping. cat a mapping with cputils.js to produce a complete script like cpexcel.full.js.

Building the complete script

This script uses voc. The script to build the codepage tables and the JS source is, so building is as simple as voc

Generated Codepages

The complete list of codepages can be found in the file pages.csv.

Some codepages are easier to implement algorithmically. Since those character tables are not generated, there is no corresponding entry (they are "magic").

CP# Source Description
437 OEM United States
500 IBM EBCDIC International
620 NLS Mazovia (Polish) MS-DOS
708 Windows 7 Arabic (ASMO 708)
720 Windows 7 Arabic (Transparent ASMO); Arabic (DOS)
737 OEM Greek (formerly 437G); Greek (DOS)
775 OEM Baltic; Baltic (DOS)
808 OEM Russian; Cyrillic + Euro symbol
850 OEM Multilingual Latin 1; Western European (DOS)
852 OEM Latin 2; Central European (DOS)
855 OEM Cyrillic (primarily Russian)
857 OEM Turkish; Turkish (DOS)
858 Windows 7 OEM Multilingual Latin 1 + Euro symbol
860 OEM Portuguese; Portuguese (DOS)
861 OEM Icelandic; Icelandic (DOS)
862 OEM Hebrew; Hebrew (DOS)
863 OEM French Canadian; French Canadian (DOS)
864 OEM Arabic; Arabic (864)
865 OEM Nordic; Nordic (DOS)
866 OEM Russian; Cyrillic (DOS)
869 OEM Modern Greek; Greek, Modern (DOS)
870 Windows 7 IBM EBCDIC Multilingual/ROECE (Latin 2)
872 OEM Cyrillic (primarily Russian) + Euro Symbol
874 Windows Thai
875 IBM EBCDIC Greek Modern
895 NLS Kamenický (Czech) MS-DOS
932 Japanese Shift-JIS
936 Simplified Chinese GBK
949 Korean
950 Traditional Chinese Big5
1010 IBM IBM EBCDIC French
1026 IBM EBCDIC Turkish (Latin 5)
1047 Windows 7 IBM EBCDIC Latin 1/Open System
1132 IBM IBM EBCDIC Lao (1132 / 1133 / 1341)
1140 Windows 7 IBM EBCDIC US-Canada (037 + Euro symbol)
1141 Windows 7 IBM EBCDIC Germany (20273 + Euro symbol)
1142 Windows 7 IBM EBCDIC Denmark-Norway (20277 + Euro symbol)
1143 Windows 7 IBM EBCDIC Finland-Sweden (20278 + Euro symbol)
1144 Windows 7 IBM EBCDIC Italy (20280 + Euro symbol)
1145 Windows 7 IBM EBCDIC Latin America-Spain (20284 + Euro symbol)
1146 Windows 7 IBM EBCDIC United Kingdom (20285 + Euro symbol)
1147 Windows 7 IBM EBCDIC France (20297 + Euro symbol)
1148 Windows 7 IBM EBCDIC International (500 + Euro symbol)
1149 Windows 7 IBM EBCDIC Icelandic (20871 + Euro symbol)
1200 magic Unicode UTF-16, little endian (BMP of ISO 10646)
1201 magic Unicode UTF-16, big endian
1250 Windows Central Europe
1251 Windows Cyrillic
1252 Windows Latin I
1253 Windows Greek
1254 Windows Turkish
1255 Windows Hebrew
1256 Windows Arabic
1257 Windows Baltic
1258 Windows Vietnam
1361 Windows 7 Korean (Johab)
10000 MAC Roman
10001 Windows 7 Japanese (Mac)
10002 Windows 7 MAC Traditional Chinese (Big5)
10003 Windows 7 Korean (Mac)
10004 Windows 7 Arabic (Mac)
10005 Windows 7 Hebrew (Mac)
10006 Greek (Mac)
10007 Cyrillic (Mac)
10008 Windows 7 MAC Simplified Chinese (GB 2312)
10010 Windows 7 Romanian (Mac)
10017 Windows 7 Ukrainian (Mac)
10021 Windows 7 Thai (Mac)
10029 MAC Latin 2 (Central European)
10079 Icelandic (Mac)
10081 Turkish (Mac)
10082 Windows 7 Croatian (Mac)
12000 magic Unicode UTF-32, little endian byte order
12001 magic Unicode UTF-32, big endian byte order
20000 Windows 7 CNS Taiwan (Chinese Traditional)
20001 Windows 7 TCA Taiwan
20002 Windows 7 ETEN Taiwan (Chinese Traditional)
20003 Windows 7 IBM5550 Taiwan
20004 Windows 7 TeleText Taiwan
20005 Windows 7 Wang Taiwan
20105 Windows 7 Western European IA5 (IRV International Alphabet 5)
20106 Windows 7 IA5 German (7-bit)
20107 Windows 7 IA5 Swedish (7-bit)
20108 Windows 7 IA5 Norwegian (7-bit)
20127 magic US-ASCII (7-bit)
20261 Windows 7 T.61
20269 Windows 7 ISO 6937 Non-Spacing Accent
20273 Windows 7 IBM EBCDIC Germany
20277 Windows 7 IBM EBCDIC Denmark-Norway
20278 Windows 7 IBM EBCDIC Finland-Sweden
20280 Windows 7 IBM EBCDIC Italy
20284 Windows 7 IBM EBCDIC Latin America-Spain
20285 Windows 7 IBM EBCDIC United Kingdom
20290 Windows 7 IBM EBCDIC Japanese Katakana Extended
20297 Windows 7 IBM EBCDIC France
20420 Windows 7 IBM EBCDIC Arabic
20423 Windows 7 IBM EBCDIC Greek
20424 Windows 7 IBM EBCDIC Hebrew
20833 Windows 7 IBM EBCDIC Korean Extended
20838 Windows 7 IBM EBCDIC Thai
20866 Windows 7 Russian Cyrillic (KOI8-R)
20871 Windows 7 IBM EBCDIC Icelandic
20880 Windows 7 IBM EBCDIC Cyrillic Russian
20905 Windows 7 IBM EBCDIC Turkish
20924 Windows 7 IBM EBCDIC Latin 1/Open System (1047 + Euro symbol)
20932 Windows 7 Japanese (JIS 0208-1990 and 0212-1990)
20936 Windows 7 Simplified Chinese (GB2312-80)
20949 Windows 7 Korean Wansung
21025 Windows 7 IBM EBCDIC Cyrillic Serbian-Bulgarian
21027 NLS Extended/Ext Alpha Lowercase
21866 Windows 7 Ukrainian Cyrillic (KOI8-U)
28591 ISO 8859-1 Latin 1 (Western European)
28592 ISO 8859-2 Latin 2 (Central European)
28593 ISO 8859-3 Latin 3
28594 ISO 8859-4 Baltic
28595 ISO 8859-5 Cyrillic
28596 ISO 8859-6 Arabic
28597 ISO 8859-7 Greek
28598 ISO 8859-8 Hebrew (ISO-Visual)
28599 ISO 8859-9 Turkish
28600 ISO 8859-10 Latin 6
28601 ISO 8859-11 Latin (Thai)
28603 ISO 8859-13 Latin 7 (Estonian)
28604 ISO 8859-14 Latin 8 (Celtic)
28605 ISO 8859-15 Latin 9
28606 ISO 8859-15 Latin 10
29001 Windows 7 Europa 3
38598 Windows 7 ISO 8859-8 Hebrew (ISO-Logical)
47451 Atari ST/TT
50220 Windows 7 ISO 2022 JIS Japanese with no halfwidth Katakana
50221 Windows 7 ISO 2022 JIS Japanese with halfwidth Katakana
50222 Windows 7 ISO 2022 Japanese JIS X 0201-1989 (1 byte Kana-SO/SI)
50225 Windows 7 ISO 2022 Korean
50227 Windows 7 ISO 2022 Simplified Chinese
51932 Windows 7 EUC Japanese
51936 Windows 7 EUC Simplified Chinese
51949 Windows 7 EUC Korean
52936 Windows 7 HZ-GB2312 Simplified Chinese
54936 Windows 7 GB18030 Simplified Chinese (4 byte)
57002 Windows 7 ISCII Devanagari
57003 Windows 7 ISCII Bengali
57004 Windows 7 ISCII Tamil
57005 Windows 7 ISCII Telugu
57006 Windows 7 ISCII Assamese
57007 Windows 7 ISCII Oriya
57008 Windows 7 ISCII Kannada
57009 Windows 7 ISCII Malayalam
57010 Windows 7 ISCII Gujarati
57011 Windows 7 ISCII Punjabi
65000 magic Unicode (UTF-7)
65001 magic Unicode (UTF-8) refers to the Unicode Consortium Public Mappings, a database of various mappings between Unicode characters and respective character sets. The tables are processed by a few scripts in the build process.

IBM refers to the IBM coded character set database. Even though IBM uses a different numbering scheme from Windows, the IBM numbers are used when there is no conflict. The tables are manually generated from the symbol manifests.

Windows 7 refers to direct inspection of Windows 7 machines using .NET class System.Text.Encoding. The enclosed MakeEncoding.cs C# program brute-forces code pages. MakeEncoding.cs deviates from in some cases. When they map a given code to different characters, value is used. When does not prescribe a value, MakeEncoding.cs value is used.

NLS refers to the National Language Support files supplied in various versions of Windows. In older versions of Windows (like Windows 98) these files followed the name pattern CP_#.NLS, but newer versions use the name pattern C_#.NLS.


make test will run the nodejs-based test.

To run the in-browser tests, run a local server and go to the ctest directory. make ctestserv will start a python SimpleHTTPServer server on port 8000.

To update the browser artifacts, run make ctest.



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