#decode #base85 #ascii85

nightly bin+lib n85

N85 (Ascii85 variant) encoder & decoder

1 unstable release

Uses new Rust 2021

0.1.0 Aug 19, 2022

#5 in #base85

0BSD license

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N85 encoder & decoder.

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N85 is a binary-to-ASCII encoding based on Ascii85 but more suitable for use as strings (i.e. excludes \, ' and ") and with a simpler implementation than the other variants.

Every 4 bytes is mapped to 5 characters, adding ~25% of storage overhead. For comparison, base64 maps every 3 bytes to 4 characters, adding ~33% overhead.


let s = "Hello, world!";

let enc = n85::encode_string(s.as_ref());
assert_eq!(&enc, "Yb(qJ[NH@N0AO?HI(");

let dec = n85::decode_vec(enc.as_ref()).unwrap();
assert_eq!(&dec, s.as_bytes());


An arbitrary byte string is split into chunks for 32-bit little endian integers. The last chunk is padded with zeroes.

Every integer is 5 times divided by 85, giving 5 remainders. 40 (() is added to each remainder. If the result is equal or greater to 92 (\), 1 is added.

If the last chunk is 1, 2, 3 or 4 byte large, 2, 3, 4 or 5 characters are used for encoding respectively.

No runtime deps


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