mikl mikl - 5 months ago 89x
Python Question

Base 62 conversion in Python

How would you convert an integer to base 62 (like hexadecimal, but with these digits: '0123456789abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyzABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ').

I have been trying to find a good Python library for it, but they all seems to be occupied with converting strings. The Python base64 module only accepts strings and turns a single digit into four characters. I was looking for something akin to what URL shorteners use.


There is no standard module for this, but I have written my own functions to achieve that.

ALPHABET = "0123456789abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyzABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ"

def base62_encode(num, alphabet=ALPHABET):
    """Encode a number in Base X

    `num`: The number to encode
    `alphabet`: The alphabet to use for encoding
    if (num == 0):
        return alphabet[0]
    arr = []
    base = len(alphabet)
    while num:
        rem = num % base
        num = num // base
    return ''.join(arr)

def base62_decode(string, alphabet=ALPHABET):
    """Decode a Base X encoded string into the number

    - `string`: The encoded string
    - `alphabet`: The alphabet to use for encoding
    base = len(alphabet)
    strlen = len(string)
    num = 0

    idx = 0
    for char in string:
        power = (strlen - (idx + 1))
        num += alphabet.index(char) * (base ** power)
        idx += 1

    return num

Notice the fact that you can give it any Alphabet to use for encoding and decoding.

Hope this helps.

PS - For URL shorteners, I have found that it's better to leave out a few confusing characters like 0Ol1oI etc. Thus I use this alphabet for my URL shortening needs - "23456789abcdefghijkmnpqrstuvwxyzABCDEFGHJKLMNPQRSTUVWXYZ"

Have fun.