Character encoding of GET request response

  • Hi there,

    I’m struggling with the wrong character encoding after getting some data back from an Ajax request. For example, the all German umlauts are displayed as 0_1489247969533_1.PNG (correct display has to be: Büro: 20.6°C)
    This is my GET request in the node_helper of my module

    			url: encodeURI("" + deviceIds),
    			method: 'GET'
    		}, function(error, response, body) {
    			console.log("response: " + response + " - body: " + body);

    The body an XML content and contains the values with the wrong encoding. If I double check the URL within the browser window, the data are returned and displayed with the correct encoding. So it’s not an issue on the server side. Even if I try to set parameter ‘Content-Type’ to ‘application/xml; charset=ISO-8859-1’ or ‘UTF-16’ beneath method: ‘GET’ above it returns the data with the wrong character set.
    Any thoughts on how I can solve this?


  • Ok, got it working by myself. Works like charm with iconv-lite. Found the solution here:

    That’s the working code section now:

    var iconv = require('iconv-lite');
    		encodeURI("" + deviceIds),
    		method: 'GET',
    		encoding: null,
    	}, function(error, response, body) {
    		var bodyWithCorrectEncoding = iconv.decode(body, 'iso-8859-1');

    Even the encoding: null is important! Without it does not show the specified encoding.


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