Python: Convert File Encoding for All Files in a Dir

By Xah Lee. Date:

Here's a Python program that convert character encoding for all files in a directory.

# -*- coding: utf-8 -*-
# python 2

# a script to convert file encoding

import os

inputDir = '/Users/t/web/p/monkey_king'

def changeEncoding(filePath):
    '''take a full path to a file as input, and change its encoding from gb18030 to utf-16'''
    print filePath

    tempName = filePath+'~-~'

    inputFile = open(filePath,'rb')
    content = unicode(inputFile.read(),'gb18030')
    inputFile.close()

    outputFile = open(tempName,'wb')
    outputFile.write(content.encode('utf-16'))
    outputFile.close()

    os.rename(tempName,filePath)

def fileFilter(dummyArg, thisDir, dirChildrenList):
    for child in dirChildrenList:
        if '.html' == os.path.splitext(child)[1] and os.path.isfile(thisDir+'/'+child):
            changeEncoding(thisDir+'/'+child)
os.path.walk(inputDir, fileFilter, None)

Python Text Processing

  1. Read/Write File
  2. Walk Directory
  3. File Path
  4. Process Unicode
  5. Convert File Encoding
  6. Convert File Encoding in a Dir
  7. Find Replace in dir
  8. Find Replace by Regex
  9. Count Word Frequency

File Encoding

  1. Unicode Basics: Character Set, Encoding, UTF-8, Codepoint
  2. HTML: Character Sets and Encoding
  3. Unicode in Function Names and Operator Symbol
  4. Python: Unicode Tutorial 🐍
  5. Python: Convert File Encoding
  6. Python: Convert File Encoding for All Files in a Dir
  7. Perl: Unicode Tutorial 🐪
  8. Perl: Convert File Encoding
  9. Ruby: Unicode Tutorial 💎
  10. Java: Convert File Encoding
  11. Linux: Convert File Encoding with iconv

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Text Processing

  1. Read/Write File
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  5. Convert File Encoding
  6. Find Replace in dir
  7. Find Replace by Regex
  8. Count Word Frequency

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