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Programming language: Elixir
License: Apache License 2.0
Tags: Text And Numbers    
Latest version: v0.3.2

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Hex.pm Hex version

A complete and correct Bencode encoder and decoder written in pure Elixir.

The encoder is implemented as a protocol, allowing implementations for custom structs.

The decoder should handle malformed data, either by raising an error, or returning an 2-tuple with status, both containing detailed information about the error. The decoder is also capable of calculating the hash of the info dictionary.


  • Bencode.encode/1 will encode a given data structure to the b-code representation and return a {:ok, data}-tuple on success, or an {:error, reason}-tuple if the data was invalid.

  • Bencode.encode!/1 will encode a given data structure to the b-code representation; it will raise an error if the given input is invalid.

  • Bencode.decode/1 will decode a b-code encoded string and return a 2-tuple; containing the status (:ok) and its Elixir data structure representation. Should the data be invalid a 2-tuple will get returned with {:error, reason}

  • Bencode.decode!/1 will decode a b-code encoded string and return the decoded result as a Elixir data structure; if the input is invalid an it will raise with the reason.

  • Bencode.decode_with_info_hash/1 will decode a b-code encoded string and return a 3-tuple; containing the status (:ok), its Elixir data structure representation along with the checksum of the info dictionary. If no info-dictionary was found the last value will be nil. {:error, reason} will get returned if the input data was invalid b-code.

  • Bencode.decode_with_info_hash!/1 will do the same as the Bencode.decode_with_info_hash/1 function, but will raise if the given input is malformed.


Bencode is available in Hex, and can be installed by adding it to the list of dependencies in mix.exs:

  def deps do
    [{:bencode, "~> 0.3.0"}]

Notice that there are other bencode implementations on hex. Please check them out:

Bento is the fastest option, but Bencode has arguably better error reporting during decoding.


Thanks to the following for their contributions to the project:


Copyright 2016 Martin Gausby

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