Base64Decoder.io is a simple and easy-to-use online tool to decode any Base64 encoded data back to binary data.
You can get started by typing or pasting any Base64 encoded data in the input textarea, the tool will automatically decode your input in real time.
If the input is not a valid Base64 encoded string, then the input text area will turn red and the output textarea will be cleared.
Once the input is decoded, you can click in the output textarea to copy the decoded data.
Base64 encoding and decoding
Base64 encoding is an algorithm to convert binary data into ASCII character set. The encoding is required to transmit binary data safely through communication media/protocols that are designed to handle only textual data.
For example, email servers were traditionally designed to handle textual data from the ASCII character set. Therefore, if you want to send images or any other file via email, you first need to encode the image or file to Base64 encoded format and then send the encoded data to the email server.
The encoded data can be converted back to the original image or file at the receiver’s end using Base64 decoding. Base64 decoding is the inverse process of encoding. It converts the Base64 encoded data back to binary data.
Note that, Base64 should not be confused with encryption or compression techniques. It is just an encoding algorithm. You should not use Base64 encoding as a means to hide sensitive data.
To learn how Base64 encoding and decoding work, check out this article.
We also have a tool to encode any binary data to Base64 encoded format. You can check it out at https://www.base64encoder.io/.
To learn more about Base64 encoding/decoding, how it works, why it is required, and how to Base64 encode/decode in different programming languages, check out the blog section.