Detecting Character Code 0

by Apr 6, 2017

Occasionally, strings use a “Byte 0” character as a delimiter. Unlike most other delimiters, this delimiter does not show in text output but can still be used to separate the text parts.

PowerShell can deal with character code 0 strings. It is represented by a backtick followed by the number 0. Note that text needs to be placed in double-quotes in order to convert the backtick sequence to byte 0.

Here is an example illustrating how you split text that uses code 0 as delimiter:

# create a sample text
$text = "Part 1`0Part 2`0Part 3"
# delimiter does not show in output...
# ...but can be used to split:
$text -split "`0"

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