Detect encoding

GroupDocs.Parser provides the functionality to detect the encoding of a plain text file. The following encodings are supported:

  • UTF32 LE
  • UTF32 BE
  • UTF16 LE
  • UTF16 BE
  • UTF8
  • UTF7
  • ANSI

Encoding can be detected by BOM or by the content of the file (if BOM isn’t presented).

Here are the steps to detect the encoding of the document:

The following example shows how to detect the encoding of the document:

// Create an instance of LoadOptions class with the default ANSI encoding.
// This encoding is returned for ANSI text documents.
LoadOptions loadOptions = new LoadOptions(FileFormat.WordProcessing, null, null, Charset.forName("US-ASCII"));
// Create an instance of Parser class
try (Parser parser = new Parser(Constants.SampleText, loadOptions)) {
    // Get the document info
    IDocumentInfo info = parser.getDocumentInfo();
    // Check if it's the document info of a plain text document
    if (info instanceof TextDocumentInfo == false) {
        System.out.println("Isn't a plain text document");
    // Print the encoding
    System.out.println("Encoding: " + ((TextDocumentInfo) info).getCharset().displayName());

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