Framework Tips II: How to get default ANSI Encoding for given culture

It’s sometimes useful to know what is the default ANSI CodePage, for some given culture. It’s quite easy to achieve, thanks to System.Globalization namespace.

CultureInfo cultureInfo = CultureInfo.GetCultureInfo(1252);

Encoding encoding = Encoding.GetEncoding(cultureInfo.TextInfo.ANSICodePage);

However this code will not always work correctly. The problem is, not every culture has default ANSI CodePage, and therefore, for them you’d have to have plan B, like using UTF-8.

CultureInfo cultureInfo = CultureInfo.CurrentUICulture;

int codePage = cultureInfo.TextInfo.ANSICodePage;

Encoding encoding = codePage.Equals(0)?



To see, all such cultures, you can use following code:

var cultures = from c in CultureInfo.GetCultures(CultureTypes.AllCultures)

                         where c.TextInfo.ANSICodePage.Equals(0)

                         select c;

foreach (CultureInfo info in cultures)

    Console.WriteLine("{0,-10}{1}", info.Name, info.EnglishName);

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  • Nicolas

    I think you inverted two commands. This looks better:

    Encoding encoding = codePage.Equals(0)?Encoding.UTF8:Encoding.GetEncoding(codePage);

  • Right,

    fixed, thanks.

  • Yong.

    very useful to me, thank you!