JavaScript Program to Encode a String to Base64

In this example, you will learn to write a JavaScript program that will encode a string to Base64.

To understand this example, you should have the knowledge of the following JavaScript programming topics:


Base64 is binary-to-text encoding schemes that represent binary data in an ASCII string format by translating it into a radix-64 representation.


Example 1: Encode a String to Base64 using btoa()

// program to encode a string to Base64
// defining the string
let str = "Learning JavaScript"; 

// encoding the string
let result = window.btoa(str);
console.log(result);

// decoding the string
let result1 = window.atob(result);
console.log(result1);

Output

TGVhcm5pbmcgSmF2YVNjcmlwdA==
Learning JavaScript

In the above example, the btoa() method is used to convert the string to Base64.

The atob() method is used to convert the Base64 to a string.


Example 2: Encode a String to Base64 using Base64 Object

// program to encode a string to Base64
// create Base64 Object
let Base64 = {
// private property
_keyStr : "ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZabcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz0123456789+/=",

// public method for encoding
encode : function (input) {
    let output = "";
    let chr1, chr2, chr3, enc1, enc2, enc3, enc4;
    let i = 0;

    input = Base64._utf8_encode(input);

    while (i < input.length) {

        chr1 = input.charCodeAt(i++);
        chr2 = input.charCodeAt(i++);
        chr3 = input.charCodeAt(i++);

        enc1 = chr1 >> 2;
        enc2 = ((chr1 & 3) << 4) | (chr2 >> 4);
        enc3 = ((chr2 & 15) << 2) | (chr3 >> 6);
        enc4 = chr3 & 63;

        if (isNaN(chr2)) {
            enc3 = enc4 = 64;
        } else if (isNaN(chr3)) {
            enc4 = 64;
        }

        output = output +
        Base64._keyStr.charAt(enc1) + Base64._keyStr.charAt(enc2) +
        Base64._keyStr.charAt(enc3) + Base64._keyStr.charAt(enc4);

    }

    return output;
},

// public method for decoding
decode : function (input) {
    let output = "";
    let chr1, chr2, chr3;
    let enc1, enc2, enc3, enc4;
    let i = 0;

    input = input.replace(/[^A-Za-z0-9\+\/\=]/g, "");

    while (i < input.length) {

        enc1 = Base64._keyStr.indexOf(input.charAt(i++));
        enc2 = Base64._keyStr.indexOf(input.charAt(i++));
        enc3 = Base64._keyStr.indexOf(input.charAt(i++));
        enc4 = Base64._keyStr.indexOf(input.charAt(i++));

        chr1 = (enc1 << 2) | (enc2 >> 4);
        chr2 = ((enc2 & 15) << 4) | (enc3 >> 2);
        chr3 = ((enc3 & 3) << 6) | enc4;

        output = output + String.fromCharCode(chr1);

        if (enc3 != 64) {
            output = output + String.fromCharCode(chr2);
        }
        if (enc4 != 64) {
            output = output + String.fromCharCode(chr3);
        }

    }

    output = Base64._utf8_decode(output);

    return output;

},

// private method for UTF-8 encoding
_utf8_encode : function (string) {
    string = string.replace(/\r\n/g,"\n");
    let utftext = "";

    for (let n = 0; n < string.length; n++) {

        let c = string.charCodeAt(n);

        if (c < 128) {
            utftext += String.fromCharCode(c);
        }
        else if((c > 127) && (c < 2048)) {
            utftext += String.fromCharCode((c >> 6) | 192);
            utftext += String.fromCharCode((c & 63) | 128);
        }
        else {
            utftext += String.fromCharCode((c >> 12) | 224);
            utftext += String.fromCharCode(((c >> 6) & 63) | 128);
            utftext += String.fromCharCode((c & 63) | 128);
        }

    }

    return utftext;
},

// private method for UTF-8 decoding
_utf8_decode : function (utftext) {
    let string = "";
    let i = 0;
    let c = c1 = c2 = 0;

    while ( i < utftext.length ) {

        c = utftext.charCodeAt(i);

        if (c < 128) {
            string += String.fromCharCode(c);
            i++;
        }
        else if((c > 191) && (c < 224)) {
            c2 = utftext.charCodeAt(i+1);
            string += String.fromCharCode(((c & 31) << 6) | (c2 & 63));
            i += 2;
        }
        else {
            c2 = utftext.charCodeAt(i+1);
            c3 = utftext.charCodeAt(i+2);
            string += String.fromCharCode(((c & 15) << 12) | ((c2 & 63) << 6) | (c3 & 63));
            i += 3;
        }

    }
    return string;
}
}

// define the string
let string = 'Learning JavaScript';

// encode the String
let encodedString = Base64.encode(string);
console.log(encodedString);

// decode the String
let decodedString = Base64.decode(encodedString);
console.log(decodedString);

Output

TGVhcm5pbmcgSmF2YVNjcmlwdA==
Learning JavaScript.