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GNU libiconv
Converts between character encodings

Libiconv converts from one character encoding to another through Unicode conversion (see Web page for full list of supported encodings). It has also limited support for transliteration, i.e. when a character cannot be represented in the target character set, it is approximated through one or several similar looking characters. It is useful if your application needs to support multiple character encodings, but that support lacks from your system.


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version 1.14 (stable)
released on 7 August 2011

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Related Projects

  • HTML Code Convert
  • Uni2ascii.Libc


LicenseVerified byVerified onNotes
License:LGPLv2orlaterKelly Hopkins13 July 2009
License:GPLv3orlaterEmanuel Zephir30 June 2012
License:LGPLKelly Hopkins13 July 2009

Leaders and contributors

Akira Hatakeyama Contributor
Juan Manuel Guerrero Contributor
Taro Muraoka Contributor
Bruno Haible Maintainer

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Bug Tracking,Developer,
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This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 20 February 2018.


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