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I need to convert a text file to UTF-8 format via Windows command prompt. This needs to be done on another machine and I do not have rights to install software on that machine. I need something like:

c:\notepad   source-file target-file --encoding option

Is there a Windows command prompt utility which can do it?

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I need to convert a text file to utf-8 format via windows command prompt

You can easily do this with PowerShell:

Get-Content .\test.txt | Set-Content -Encoding utf8 test-utf8.txt

Further Reading

  • Additionally, you need to switch to powershell in order to execute the command and then exit it to go back to windows command prompt. – user1107888 Jan 5 '17 at 16:09
  • Indeed. Or run it directly in a PowerShell shell. – DavidPostill Jan 5 '17 at 16:44
  • @DavidPostill any idea how we can convert more than one file i.e batch file processing with the same command line ? – vibs2006 Jan 28 '19 at 9:49
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    @vibs2006 Use a ForEach loop. See ForEach - PowerShell - SS64.com. – DavidPostill Jan 28 '19 at 18:32
  • Will this method convert to plain UTF-8 or UTF-8-BOM? – Cale Sweeney Oct 23 '19 at 22:28
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Use iconv from GNUWin32 pack. It is much faster, especially if your files are about or more than 1 Gb.

"C:\Program Files (x86)\GnuWin32\bin\iconv.exe" -f cp1251 -t utf-8 source.txt > result.txt
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Here is for each convert *.text file to *.sql file:

foreach ($file in get-ChildItem *.txt) {
    Echo $file.name
    Get-Content $file | Set-Content -Encoding utf8 ("$file.name" +".sql")
 }
  • after run some sql file, sometime error, I decided to using linux with iconv command =)) – nobjta_9x_tq May 28 '19 at 15:46

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