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I have been looking for a couple days now and apparently I am not entering the correct search terms to find what I am looking for, so thank you in advance for any help.

I am receiving a string that is encoded from an external datasource so I can't change how I'm receiving the data. My problem is that all the samples I find always talk about using the Encoder class to encode the string into byte[] format and how to decode a byte[] object back to a string.

If someone has a solution or can point me in the right direction it would be appreciated.

so for example:
string strEncoded = "544d444e5036";
As Espen points out this is a hex string so the better question I should have asked is how to get a string storing hex data loaded into a byte[]. I have posted a solution below.

It should decode to "TMDNP6"

It should be a utf-7 or utf-8 encode.

Updated 8-Aug-11 6:52am
walterhevedeich 5-Aug-11 12:34pm
Do you know or have the code of how the string was encoded?
jetskij16 5-Aug-11 12:52pm
utf-8 or utf-7 this one is 7 but the encoding varies from them.

string data = "544d444e5036";
byte[] tempArray = new byte[data.Length / 2];
for (int i = 0; i < tempArray.Length; i++)
   tempArray[i] = Convert.ToByte(data.Substring(i * 2, 2), 16);

string decode = Encoding.UTF7.GetString(tempArray);

Espen your suggestions and links lead me to find a solution like the one I'm posting above. Which was found here[^]

If anyone has any comments on the above let me know.

Thank you for your help!
Espen Harlinn 8-Aug-11 16:34pm
Here is an extended ascii table:[^]

Hex value of T=54
Hex value of M=4D
Hex value of D=44
Hex value of N=4E
Hex value of P=50
Hex value of 6=36

Convert pairs of charaters to bytes using NumberStyles.HexNumber[^] with the Byte.TryParse[^] method.

This will result in a byte[] array containing the bytes ready for conversion with the Encoding.ASCII.GetChars[^]

Best regards
Espen Harlinn
walterhevedeich 5-Aug-11 12:56pm
Very good advice. My 5.
Espen Harlinn 5-Aug-11 13:01pm
Thanks Walter :)
[no name] 5-Aug-11 13:38pm
My 5!
Espen Harlinn 5-Aug-11 13:40pm
Thank you, RaisKazi!
thatraja 5-Aug-11 21:47pm
Simple & Nice
Espen Harlinn 6-Aug-11 5:40am
Thank you, thatraja!
Simple and nice, my 5, yes, but I have no idea how it may make any sense -- but this is OP's problem. I would not try to answer though.
Espen Harlinn 6-Aug-11 5:40am
Thanks Sergey!
Kim Togo 8-Aug-11 15:39pm
My 5 Espen. Nice.
Espen Harlinn 8-Aug-11 16:35pm
Thank you, Kim!

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