PHP's quoted_printable_decode in JavaScript

Here’s what our current JavaScript equivalent to PHP's quoted_printable_decode looks like.

module.exports = function quoted_printable_decode (str) { // eslint-disable-line camelcase
// discuss at:
// original by: Ole Vrijenhoek
// bugfixed by: Brett Zamir (
// bugfixed by: Theriault (
// reimplemented by: Theriault (
// improved by: Brett Zamir (
// example 1: quoted_printable_decode('a=3Db=3Dc')
// returns 1: 'a=b=c'
// example 2: quoted_printable_decode('abc =20\r\n123 =20\r\n')
// returns 2: 'abc \r\n123 \r\n'
// example 3: quoted_printable_decode('012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234=\r\n56789')
// returns 3: '01234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456789'
// example 4: quoted_printable_decode("Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet=23, consectetur adipisicing elit")
// returns 4: 'Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet#, consectetur adipisicing elit'
// Decodes all equal signs followed by two hex digits
const RFC2045Decode1 = /=\r\n/gm
// the RFC states against decoding lower case encodings, but following apparent PHP behavior
const RFC2045Decode2IN = /=([0-9A-F]{2})/gim
// RFC2045Decode2IN = /=([0-9A-F]{2})/gm,
const RFC2045Decode2OUT = function (sMatch, sHex) {
return String.fromCharCode(parseInt(sHex, 16))
return str.replace(RFC2045Decode1, '')
.replace(RFC2045Decode2IN, RFC2045Decode2OUT)
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How to use

You you can install via npm install locutus and require it via require('locutus/php/strings/quoted_printable_decode'). You could also require the strings module in full so that you could access strings.quoted_printable_decode instead.

If you intend to target the browser, you can then use a module bundler such as Parcel, webpack, Browserify, or rollup.js. This can be important because Locutus allows modern JavaScript in the source files, meaning it may not work in all browsers without a build/transpile step. Locutus does transpile all functions to ES5 before publishing to npm.

A community effort

Not unlike Wikipedia, Locutus is an ongoing community effort. Our philosophy follows The McDonald’s Theory. This means that we don't consider it to be a bad thing that many of our functions are first iterations, which may still have their fair share of issues. We hope that these flaws will inspire others to come up with better ideas.

This way of working also means that we don't offer any production guarantees, and recommend to use Locutus inspiration and learning purposes only.


Please note that these examples are distilled from test cases that automatically verify our functions still work correctly. This could explain some quirky ones.

#codeexpected result
2quoted_printable_decode('abc =20\r\n123 =20\r\n')'abc \r\n123 \r\n'
4quoted_printable_decode("Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet=23, consectetur adipisicing elit")'Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet#, consectetur adipisicing elit'

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