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package base64

import "encoding/base64"

Package base64 implements base64 encoding as specified by RFC 4648.


msg := "Hello, 世界"
encoded := base64.StdEncoding.EncodeToString([]byte(msg))
decoded, err := base64.StdEncoding.DecodeString(encoded)
if err != nil {
    fmt.Println("decode error:", err)


Hello, 世界



Package Files



const (
    StdPadding rune = '=' // Standard padding character
    NoPadding  rune = -1  // No padding


var RawStdEncoding = StdEncoding.WithPadding(NoPadding)

RawStdEncoding is the standard raw, unpadded base64 encoding, as defined in RFC 4648 section 3.2. This is the same as StdEncoding but omits padding characters.

var RawURLEncoding = URLEncoding.WithPadding(NoPadding)

RawURLEncoding is the unpadded alternate base64 encoding defined in RFC 4648. It is typically used in URLs and file names. This is the same as URLEncoding but omits padding characters.

var StdEncoding = NewEncoding(encodeStd)

StdEncoding is the standard base64 encoding, as defined in RFC 4648.

var URLEncoding = NewEncoding(encodeURL)

URLEncoding is the alternate base64 encoding defined in RFC 4648. It is typically used in URLs and file names.

func NewDecoder Uses

func NewDecoder(enc *Encoding, r io.Reader) io.Reader

NewDecoder constructs a new base64 stream decoder.

func NewEncoder Uses

func NewEncoder(enc *Encoding, w io.Writer) io.WriteCloser

NewEncoder returns a new base64 stream encoder. Data written to the returned writer will be encoded using enc and then written to w. Base64 encodings operate in 4-byte blocks; when finished writing, the caller must Close the returned encoder to flush any partially written blocks.


input := []byte("foo\x00bar")
encoder := base64.NewEncoder(base64.StdEncoding, os.Stdout)
// Must close the encoder when finished to flush any partial blocks.
// If you comment out the following line, the last partial block "r"
// won't be encoded.



type CorruptInputError Uses

type CorruptInputError int64

func (CorruptInputError) Error Uses

func (e CorruptInputError) Error() string

type Encoding Uses

type Encoding struct {
    // contains filtered or unexported fields

An Encoding is a radix 64 encoding/decoding scheme, defined by a 64-character alphabet. The most common encoding is the "base64" encoding defined in RFC 4648 and used in MIME (RFC 2045) and PEM (RFC 1421). RFC 4648 also defines an alternate encoding, which is the standard encoding with - and _ substituted for + and /.

func NewEncoding Uses

func NewEncoding(encoder string) *Encoding

NewEncoding returns a new padded Encoding defined by the given alphabet, which must be a 64-byte string. The resulting Encoding uses the default padding character ('='), which may be changed or disabled via WithPadding.

func (*Encoding) Decode Uses

func (enc *Encoding) Decode(dst, src []byte) (n int, err error)

Decode decodes src using the encoding enc. It writes at most DecodedLen(len(src)) bytes to dst and returns the number of bytes written. If src contains invalid base64 data, it will return the number of bytes successfully written and CorruptInputError. New line characters (\r and \n) are ignored.

func (*Encoding) DecodeString Uses

func (enc *Encoding) DecodeString(s string) ([]byte, error)

DecodeString returns the bytes represented by the base64 string s.


str := "c29tZSBkYXRhIHdpdGggACBhbmQg77u/"
data, err := base64.StdEncoding.DecodeString(str)
if err != nil {
    fmt.Println("error:", err)
fmt.Printf("%q\n", data)


"some data with \x00 and \ufeff"

func (*Encoding) DecodedLen Uses

func (enc *Encoding) DecodedLen(n int) int

DecodedLen returns the maximum length in bytes of the decoded data corresponding to n bytes of base64-encoded data.

func (*Encoding) Encode Uses

func (enc *Encoding) Encode(dst, src []byte)

Encode encodes src using the encoding enc, writing EncodedLen(len(src)) bytes to dst.

The encoding pads the output to a multiple of 4 bytes, so Encode is not appropriate for use on individual blocks of a large data stream. Use NewEncoder() instead.

func (*Encoding) EncodeToString Uses

func (enc *Encoding) EncodeToString(src []byte) string

EncodeToString returns the base64 encoding of src.


data := []byte("any + old & data")
str := base64.StdEncoding.EncodeToString(data)



func (*Encoding) EncodedLen Uses

func (enc *Encoding) EncodedLen(n int) int

EncodedLen returns the length in bytes of the base64 encoding of an input buffer of length n.

func (Encoding) WithPadding Uses

func (enc Encoding) WithPadding(padding rune) *Encoding

WithPadding creates a new encoding identical to enc except with a specified padding character, or NoPadding to disable padding.

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