I have a Dropbox folder which I sync between Linux and Windows 10. If I create a file with a special character like ä on Windows it is encoded as UTF16 and displays correctly on Linux. If I create a file with the same character on Linux it is encoded as UTF8 and does not display correctly in the file explorer on windows, but instead as ä.

Can I somehow get Windows file explorer to correctly display UTF8 characters in filenames?

  • Are your Linux locale settings correct? That is, does Dropbox know it is running on a system with foo_BAR.UTF-8 locale and not the default ASCII one? – grawity Feb 9 '17 at 13:10
  • This is a windows problem if the file is shown correctly on Linux. – Rinzwind Feb 10 '17 at 10:43

Your Answer

By clicking "Post Your Answer", you acknowledge that you have read our updated terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy, and that your continued use of the website is subject to these policies.

Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.