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Convert File Encoding in OSX

Sometime, you download file from Internet specially file that in local language which not encode with UTF-8 that unreadable on OSX. Your should guess what encode that file using and convert it in to UTF-8.

# convert tis-620 to utf-8 encoding
$iconv -f tis-620 -t utf-8 source.xml > destination.xml

Example. Thai language on Windows system normally encode with TIS-620 when open it in OSX that will display with some symbol char that unreadable. You should convert that file from tis-620 to utf-8 which make it readable on osx.


  1. Converting the encoding of a text file (Mac OS X)
  2. Is there a Mac OS X Command Line application that can convert text encodings from one type to another?