Convert Local Files between GB, HZ, Big5, and UTF-8

This form allows you to convert the Chinese character encoding scheme in a file on your computer. You can either type in the path to the file in the "File Name" field, or click on the "Browse" button to select the file you would like to convert. It will return that file to the web browser, with the encoding switched from GB or HZ to Big5 or UTF-8, Big5 to GB, HZ, or UTF-8, or between GB and HZ. Once the file appears, the user can select "Save" on the web browser menu and save the results to a separate file.

As far as I know, this application will only work on Netscape 2 and above. If anyone has success with it using Microsoft's Internet Explorer, please let me know. Please also let me know of any bugs you find or of any improvements you would like to see.


Sorry, this is another program that I can't run due to my present ISP. Contact me if you have CGI access and would like to run it on your server.

You can also download C programs that convert between Unicode (UCS2), UTF-8, and UTF-7.

And for existing programs that do GB/Big5/Unicode conversion, check out this and be sure to look at the README file.

I'm interested in hearing your ideas and suggestions for this tool. Please e-mail me at with your comments. If you came to this page directly, you might also want to take a look at some of my other on-line Chinese tools.