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Decodes data from base64 text into a container value.

Component Version macOS Windows Linux Server iOS SDK
Container 4.4 ✅ Yes ✅ Yes ✅ Yes ✅ Yes ✅ Yes
MBS( "Container.DecodeFromBase64"; type; text { ; filename; DontRenderPreview } )   More


Parameter Description Example Flags
type The type to return.
Can be JPEG, TIFF, GIF, PNG, PDF or File.
text The text to process.
filename If filter is container, this defines the file name to use. "test.txt" Optional
DontRenderPreview Pass 1 to not create a JPEG with preview of first page as part of the container. (only for returning PDF) 0 Optional


Returns container or error.


Decodes data from base64 text into a container value.
See also Container.GetBase64.

If you have a DynaPDF Pro license and DynaPDF functions initialized, this function can add previews for the PDF file on Windows and Linux. For MacOS, we make them with PDFKit.


From PDF in Base64 to a PNG in Base64:

# decode some PDF in base64 text
Set Variable [$PDFData; Value:MBS( "Container.DecodeFromBase64"; "PDF"; PDF_ToPNG::base64_PDF; "test.pdf" )]
# render first page to a picture in PNG format
Set Variable [$PNGData; Value:MBS( "PDFKit.GetPDFPageImage"; $PDFData; 0; "PNG"; "test.png"; 150; 1; 0)]
# encode PNG as Base64
Set Variable [$EncodedPNG; Value:MBS( "Container.GetBase64"; $PNGData; "PNGf" )]
# store text in a field
Set Field [PDF_ToPNG::Convert_text; $EncodedPNG]

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Created 6th November 2014, last changed 5th March 2024

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