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Determine charset encoding from byte sequence and known unicode codepoint
#!/usr/bin/env python
import click
codepoint_hex = click.prompt("Enter a unicode codepoint (hex) for a known character")
encoded_bytes = click.prompt("Enter the bytes corresponding to the same character in an unknown encoding, in hex")
encoded_bytes = bytearray.fromhex(encoded_bytes)
codepoint_dec = int(codepoint_hex, 16)
unicode_char = chr(codepoint_dec)
click.echo("The unicode characters is: %s" % unicode_char)
possible_encodings = ["ascii", "big5", "big5hkscs", "cp037", "cp424", "cp437", "cp500", "cp720", "cp737", "cp775", "cp850", "cp852", "cp855", "cp856", "cp857", "cp858", "cp860", "cp861", "cp862", "cp863", "cp864", "cp865", "cp866", "cp869", "cp874", "cp875", "cp932", "cp949", "cp950", "cp1006", "cp1026", "cp1140", "cp1250", "cp1251", "cp1252", "cp1253", "cp1254", "cp1255", "cp1256", "cp1257", "cp1258", "euc_jp", "euc_jis_2004", "euc_jisx0213", "euc_kr", "gb2312", "gbk", "gb18030", "hz", "iso2022_jp", "iso2022_jp_1", "iso2022_jp_2", "iso2022_jp_2004", "iso2022_jp_3", "iso2022_jp_ext", "iso2022_kr", "latin_1", "iso8859_2", "iso8859_3", "iso8859_4", "iso8859_5", "iso8859_6", "iso8859_7", "iso8859_8", "iso8859_9", "iso8859_10", "iso8859_13", "iso8859_14", "iso8859_15", "iso8859_16", "johab", "koi8_r", "koi8_u", "mac_cyrillic", "mac_greek", "mac_iceland", "mac_latin2", "mac_roman", "mac_turkish", "ptcp154", "shift_jis", "shift_jis_2004", "shift_jisx0213", "utf_32", "utf_32_be", "utf_32_le", "utf_16", "utf_16_be", "utf_16_le", "utf_7", "utf_8", "utf_8_sig"]
for encoding in possible_encodings:
if unicode_char.encode(encoding) == encoded_bytes:
click.echo("charset is %s" % encoding)
except UnicodeEncodeError:

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@goerz goerz commented Oct 30, 2015

Suppose you have some text in an unknown encoding. For a specific letter in that text, you may be able to guess what the corresponding unicode symbol should be. This script allows you to enter the code point for that character, and the byte sequence that is assumed to be that character in an unknown encoding. It will then go through all known encodings and print the name of the first encoding where the encoded symbol results in the desired bytes.

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