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TextEncoder takes a stream of code points as input and emits a stream of bytes. For a more scalable, non-native library, see StringView – a C-like representation of strings based on typed arrays.

Note: Firefox, Chrome and Opera used to have support for encoding types other than utf-8 (such as utf-16iso-8859-2, koi8, cp1261, and gbk). As of Firefox 48 (ticket), Chrome 54 (ticket) and Opera 41, no other encoding types are available other than utf-8, in order to match the spec. In all cases, passing in an encoding type to the constructor will be ignored and a utf-8 TextEncoder will be created (the TextDecoder still allows for other decoding types). 

Note: There is a polyfill implementation to support all the legacy encodings in GitHub.


Returns a newly constructed TextEncoder that will generate a byte stream with utf-8 encoding.


The TextEncoder interface doesn't inherit any property.

TextEncoder.encoding Read only
Is a DOMString containing the name of the encoder, that is a string describing the method the TextEncoder will use.


The TextEncoder interface doesn't inherit any method.

Returns a Uint8Array containing utf-8 encoded text.


Specification Status Comment
The definition of 'TextEncoder' in that specification.
Living Standard Initial definition.

Browser compatibility

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Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari (WebKit)
Basic support 38 19.0 (19.0) [1] No support 25 No support
Available in Web Workers 38 20.0 (20.0) No support 25 No support
Feature Android Webview Chrome for Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) Firefox OS IE Phone Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support 38 38 19.0 (19.0) [1] 1.0.1 (19.0) No support ? No support
Available in Web Workers 38 38 20.0 (20.0) 1.0.1 (20.0) No support ? No support

[1] An earlier, and slightly different, version of the specification was implemented in Firefox 18.
[2] As of Firefox 48, Chrome 54 and Opera 41, no other encoding types are allowed other than utf-8. 

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