BASE64(1) User Commands BASE64(1)

NAME base64 - base64 encode/decode data and print to standard output


DESCRIPTION Base64 encode or decode FILE, or standard input, to standard output.

-w, --wrap=COLS Wrap encoded lines after COLS character (default 76). Use 0 to disable line wrapping.

-d, --decode Decode data.

-i, --ignore-garbage When decoding, ignore non-alphabet characters.

--help Display this help and exit.

--version Output version information and exit.

With no FILE, or when FILE is -, read standard input.

The data are encoded as described for the base64 alphabet in RFC 3548. Decoding require compliant input by default, use --ignore-garbage to attempt to recover from non-alphabet characters (such as newlines) in the encoded stream.

AUTHOR Written by Simon Josefsson.

REPORTING BUGS Report bugs to <>.

COPYRIGHT Copyright © 2006 Free Software Foundation, Inc. This is free software. You may redistribute copies of it under the terms of the GNU General Public License <>. There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.

SEE ALSO The full documentation for base64 is maintained as a Texinfo manual. If the info and base64 programs are properly installed at your site, the command

info base64

should give you access to the complete manual.

base64 5.97 March 2012 BASE64(1)