Byte order mark

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Byte order mark (BOM, 位元組順序記號, 部分編輯器稱為「簽名」)

How to see Byte order mark[edit]

MySQL way[edit]

Using MySQL HEX() function "returns a string representation of a hexadecimal value of a decimal or string value specified as an argument."

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CREATE TABLE `articles` (
  `id` varchar(50) NOT NULL,
  `notes` text NOT NULL

INSERT INTO `articles` (`id`, `notes`) VALUES
('1234567890', 'no BOM'),
('1234567890', 'BOM');

ALTER TABLE `articles`

SELECT HEX(`id`), `id`, `notes` FROM `articles`;
HEX(id) id notes
31323334353637383930 1234567890 UTF-8 without BOM
EFBBBF31323334353637383930 1234567890 UTF-8 with BOM

If the column `id` was only allowed integer in column value, you can use the following sql query to find the records contains BOM:

FROM `articles`
WHERE HEX(`id`) REGEXP '[^0-9]+'

PHP way[edit]

PHP code[1][2][3]:

$string = "1234567890";
echo $string . " NOT contains BOM --> after str2hex: " . str2hex($string) . PHP_EOL;

$string = "\xEF\xBB\xBF" . "1234567890";
echo $string . " contains BOM  --> after str2hex: " . str2hex($string) . PHP_EOL;

function str2hex($string) {
	$hexstr = unpack('H*', $string);
	return array_shift($hexstr);


1234567890 NOT contains BOM --> after str2hex: 31323334353637383930
1234567890 contains BOM  --> after str2hex: efbbbf31323334353637383930

Excel / Google sheet way[edit]

Using the CODE function to check the "numeric code for the first character in a text string". If the cell A1 contains BOM,

  • =CODE(A1) returns 63 on Excel 2016 of Win Os windows.png [4]
  • =CODE(A1) returns 95 on Excel 2016 of Mac icon_os_mac.png
  • =CODE(A1) returns 65279 or other numeric value e.g. 28201 on Google sheet

BASH command[edit]

Check if a UTF-8 encoded file contains a BOM. The first line result of hexdump mentioning ef bb bf indicates it contains a BOM

% hexdump -n 3 -C filename

00000000  ef bb bf                                          |...|

File command[edit]

Using file (command): file filename.txt on Linux Os linux.png , Mac icon_os_mac.png [5] & Cygwin on Win Os windows.png . See details on Text file encoding

Hex editor[edit]

Using Hext editor to open the text file. 位元組順序記號 - 維基百科,自由的百科全書

How to remove Byte order mark[edit]


// 原始資料:程式碼編輯器會顯示為 ZWNBSP,但是一般編輯器試看不到
$text = "\xef\xbb\xbf" . "單位名稱";

// 移除 BOM
$text = preg_replace('/[\x{200B}-\x{200D}\x{FEFF}]/u', '', $text);