2.37. Encoding and Decoding base64 Strings
base64 is frequently used to convert machine-readable data into a text form with no special characters in it. For example, newsgroups that handle binary files such as program executables frequently will use base64.
The easiest way to do a base64 encode/decode is to use the built-in features of Ruby. The Array class has a pack method that returns a base64 string (given the parameter "m"). The String class has a method unpack that likewise unpacks the string (decoding the base64):
str = "\007\007\002\abdce" new_string = [str].pack("m") # "BwcCB2JkY2U=" original = new_string.unpack("m") # ["\a\a\002\abdce"]
Note that an array is returned by unpack.