Decode Base64 strings with Chrome?
Surprised? But yes, this is totally possible. Not just “possible” it is extremely easily possible! Copy-paste the Base64 encoded string to your Omnibox (address bar) along with a small piece of code, voila! you have it decoded in front of you.
Before we start, for those who are wondering what Base64 encoding is, here is a small intro from Wikipedia
Base64 is a group of similar encoding schemes that represent binary data in an ASCII string format by translating it into a radix-64 representation. The Base64 term originates from a specific MIME content transfer encoding.
Base64 encoding schemes are commonly used when there is a need to encode binary data that need to be stored and transferred over media that are designed to deal with textual data. This is to ensure that the data remain intact without modification during transport. Base64 is commonly used in a number of applications including email via MIME, and storing complex data in XML.
How To Decode Base64 Strings With Google Chrome
Open a new tab
Paste data:text/plain;base64, and append your base64 string
Here is an example data:text/plain;base64,SGV5IGd1eXMhIEhvcGUgeW91J3JlIGRvaW5nIHdlbGwu
This works on Safari and Firefox as well.
Thanks François Beaufort for this brilliant tip.