ICONV for Windows

This is a short memo about installing iconv on Windows host (specifically: Windows 7 SP1 x64). Iconv is a handy Unix/Linux tool that is used for conversion between different character encodings.
Unfortunately, I’m not always in a position to use my favorite Linux distro at job, so here is a short recipe on how to setup iconv port for Win32.

  1. Download libiconv-1.9.1.bin.woe32.zip from Sourgeforge.net
  2. Download support library gettext-runtime-0.13.1.bin.woe32.zip from here. Make sure that you download exactly the version 0.13.1 and NOT newer, due to some compatibility issues!
  3. Create some directory, such as C:\UNIXUTIL\iconv
  4. Unzip the content of \bin from both zip files and save the content together in above directory.
  5. The final content of iconv directory should look like this:

     Volume in drive C has no label.
     Volume Serial Number is A88E-6A42
     Directory of C:\UNIXUTIL\iconv
    11.10.2012  13:33    <DIR>          .
    11.10.2012  13:33    <DIR>          ..
    14.01.2004  21:59            28.672 asprintf.dll
    14.01.2004  01:56            24.576 charset.dll
    14.01.2004  21:59            20.480 envsubst.exe
    14.01.2004  21:59            20.480 gettext.exe
    07.10.2003  21:17             2.715 gettext.sh
    14.01.2004  01:56           892.928 iconv.dll
    14.01.2004  01:56            16.384 iconv.exe
    14.01.2004  21:59            45.056 intl.dll
    14.01.2004  21:59            20.480 ngettext.exe
                  11 File(s)      1.071.780 bytes
                   2 Dir(s)  57.396.654.080 bytes free


    C:\UNIXUTIL\iconv>iconv --help
    Usage: iconv [--binary] [-c] [-s] [-f fromcode] [-t tocode] [file ...]
    or:    iconv -l

    List of supported code pages:

    C:\UNIXUTIL\iconv>iconv -l

    Example of converting file from utf-8 to cp1250 encoding:

    C:\UNIXUTIL\iconv>iconv -f utf-8 -t cp1250 utf-8.txt > cp1250.txt

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