Swiss File Knife
a command line
free external tools,
- download the free Swiss File Knife Base from Sourceforge. - open the Windows CMD command line, Mac OS X Terminal or Linux shell. - OS X : type mv sfk-mac-64.exe sfk and chmod +x sfk then ./sfk - Linux: type mv sfk-linux-64.exe sfk and chmod +x sfk then ./sfk OS X and Linux syntax may differ, check the help within the tool.
sfk wtoa in.txt sfk iwtoa convert UCS-2 encoded text with 16-bit characters into 8-bit characters of the current Ansi codepage of your Windows system. options -nostop if some chars cannot be converted then do not stop, show no warning, set return code 1 instead of 9. -tofile x write output to file x -codes print character codes -be big endian input -le little endian input -codepage=n change codepage. for details type: sfk listcodes command chaining support iwtoa accepts binary input from previous commands like xed. aliases sfk ucstoansi same as wtoa sfk iucstoansi same as iwtoa return code 0 = ok, all characters converted. if conversion is incomplete: default: rc 9, chaining stops. -nostop: rc 1. see also sfk sysinfo tell active codepages sfk atow Ansi to wide chars sfk wtou convert to UTF-8 sfk utow UTF-8 to wide chars examples sfk wtoa in.txt if in.txt contains wide character data print this as Ansi text to terminal. because characters must be converted to a DOS codepage for terminal output it is not sure that every accent or umlaut character is printed as expected. sfk wtoa in.txt -tofile out.txt write output to out.txt, keeping the Ansi encoding as is. text can then be viewed and edited by a text editor like Notepad++. sfk load in.txt +iwtoa +filter -+foo get all lines containing "foo".
sfk is a free open-source tool, running instantly without installation efforts. no DLL's,
no registry changes - just get sfk.exe from the zip package and use it (binaries for
windows, linux and mac are included).
read more about all sfk functions here.