browserify-unibabel

Base64, TypedArrays, and UTF-8 / Unicode conversions in Browser (and Node) JavaScript

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Unibabel JS: The Browserify-Ready Unibabel
A simple browserify style version of Unibabel, exported as a module instead of as a global object.
Currently does not support the add-in support for hex or base32, because I didn't need them when I made this, and its extendable format is a little unusual. So, PRs welcome.

Usage

var Unibabel = require('unibabel-js')

// Now you can use Unibabel like the original docs below.

Another caveat

The original Unibabel fails hard when loaded into node.js, but this one doesn't. That's because I unit-test some things that include this in a node environment, even when not using it. I think the hard failure was a little extreme.
To reiterate the error: You shouldn't use this in node.js, you have Buffers in node.js, and they do this all better.
Original Unibabel Docs
Minimalistic Base64, TypedArrays, and UTF-8 / Unicode conversions in Browser (and Node) JavaScript. Optional add-on support for hex and base32.
See
See also
TextEncoder / TextDecoder DateView text-encoding TextEncoderLite (based on Buffer) TextEncoderLite (based on text-encoding) Beatgammit's base64-js

Quick Note to Node.js Users

You SHOULD NOT use this module. You already have Buffer and thirty-two:
var buf = new Buffer('I ½ ♥ 💩', 'utf8');
buf.toString('hex');
buf.toString('base64');
buf.toString('ascii');
buf.toString('utf8');
buf.toString('binary'); // deprecated, do not use
API
// TypedArray <--> UTF8
var uint8Array = Unibabel.strToUtf8Arr(str);
var str = Unibabel.utf8ArrToStr(uint8Array);

// TypedArray <--> Base64
var base64 = Unibabel.arrToBase64(uint8Array)
var uint8Array = Unibabel.base64ToArr(base64)

Normal APIs
index.js
  • utf8ToBuffer(utf8str) => array
  • bufferToUtf8(array) => string
  • utf8ToBase64(utf8str) => base64
  • base64ToUtf8(base64) => string
  • bufferToBase64(array) => base64
  • base64ToBuffer(base64) => array

Hex APIs
unibabel.hex.js
  • hexToBuffer(hexstr) => array
  • bufferToHex(array) => hexstr

Base32 APIs
unibabel.base32.js
  • base32ToBuffer(b32str) => array
  • bufferToBase32(array) => b32str

Helper APIs
  • utf8ToBinaryString(utf8str) => binstr
  • binaryStringToUtf8(binstr) => utf8str
  • bufferToBinaryString(buffer) => binstr
  • binaryStringToBuffer(binstr) => array
Examples
// Base64

var myArray = Unibabel.base64ToArr("QmFzZSA2NCDigJQgTW96aWxsYSBEZXZlbG9wZXIgTmV0d29yaw=="); // "Base 64 \u2014 Mozilla Developer Network"
var myBuffer = Unibabel.base64ToArr("QmFzZSA2NCDigJQgTW96aWxsYSBEZXZlbG9wZXIgTmV0d29yaw==").buffer; // "Base 64 \u2014 Mozilla Developer Network"

console.log(myBuffer.byteLength);

// Crazy Unicode

var sMyInput = "I'm a ☢ ☃ that plays 𝄢 guitar and spea̧͈͖ks Ar̽̾̈́͒͑ ̶̧̨̱̹̭̯ͧ̾ͬC̷̙̲̝͖ͭ̏ͥͮ͟Oͮ͏̮̪̝͍M̲̖͊̒ͪͩͬ̚̚͜!";
var aMyUTF8Input = Unibabel.strToUtf8Arr(sMyInput);
var sMyBase64 = Unibabel.arrToBase64(aMyUTF8Input);

alert(sMyBase64);

var aMyUTF8Output = Unibabel.base64ToArr(sMyBase64);
var sMyOutput = Unibabel.utf8ArrToStr(aMyUTF8Output);

alert(sMyOutput);
License
  • index.js and unibabel.hex.js are dual-licensed as Apache 2.0 and MIT.
  • unibabel.base32.js is a modified version of thirty-two and is therefore licensed MIT.

Some parts of the code were taken from MDN, which Mozilla has licensed in the Public Domain, which means that I am at liberty to re-license my copy under the Apache 2 and MIT licenses.
See andlicenses>
ChangeLog

v2.1.0

Added unibabel.base32.js

v2.0.0

The new implementation is binary compatible with node.js, TextEncoder, and other more-common UTF-8 encodings.
It is also based on DOM APIs which result in much less code and are still backwards compatible all the way back to IE6 (not on purpose, just that it happens to work).
See

v1.0.0

This version was based on the work by good folks at the MDN, however, the UTF-8 conversion was not byte-compatible with other UTF-8 conversions (such as node.js and TextEncoder), so don't use it. See encodinganddecoding>