Hex Your Bytes to Display

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Have you ever needed toconvert a byte array (byte []) into a displayable hex string? The JDK does notprovide this capability for byte arrays, only for the wrapper classes.

Below is the code which will convert a byte array into a displayable “hex” representation of the string.

Now you can turn

 byte b[] = {0xf1, 0x0d,  0x3c, 0x44};

into:

 String s =  "F10D3C44"

like this:

 String s =  byteArrayToHexString(b);
  • provides the same functionality found in Integer.toHexString(), Short.toHexString(), etc…
  • Simple to use
  • Fast, efficient and accurate
  • Tested and proven

Here’s the code:

 /**
* Convert a byte[] array to readable string format. This makes the "hex"readable!
* @return result String buffer in String format
* @param in byte[] buffer to convert to string format
*/
static String byteArrayToHexString(byte in[]) {
byte ch = 0x00;
int i = 0;
if (in == null || in.length <= 0)
return null;

String pseudo[] = {"0", "1", "2","3", "4", "5", "6", "7", "8","9", "A", "B", "C", "D", "E","F"};
StringBuffer out = new StringBuffer(in.length * 2);

while (i < in.length) {
ch = (byte) (in[i] & 0xF0); // Strip offhigh nibble
ch = (byte) (ch >>> 4); // shift the bits down
ch = (byte) (ch & 0x0F); // must do this is high order bit is on!
out.append(pseudo[ (int) ch]); // convert thenibble to a String Character
ch = (byte) (in[i] & 0x0F); // Strip offlow nibble
out.append(pseudo[ (int) ch]); // convert thenibble to a String Character
i++;
}
String rslt = new String(out);
return rslt;
}

Stay tuned, I’ll present some additionalroutines which take the “hex” data and format it into a “Hex Dump”format like: 0000: 32 00 00 00 00 49 99 04 13 14 56 20 17 552B 3F ____[2 I

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