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This project combines the 3 things I'm worst at:

  1. Math
  2. C++
  3. Computers

That said, I have verified the output against third party tools that will freely convert between different numeric bases. I did not include these in the tests because reasons.

Huge Thanks To Matt McCutchen

I have one dependency that is included in this code, namely the venerable and blessed Matt Mccutchen's Big Integer Library. Matt graciously hosts this source at: If you need Maths in C++, I recommend this over using OpenSSL's BigInteger lib.


It's so easy even I can use it:

var jump = require( 'baseJump' );
// Node buffers can be treated as / thought of as an array of 8 bit numbers.
// Don't believe me? Call buffer.toJSON somtime. Anyway, passing one of those
// arrays to baseJump is how we pass along data.
var one = jump.toBase62( [ 100, 100, 200 ] );
// one == '000000000000000000t6Sy'
// Because of my own selfish selfishness, it auto-pads to 22 characters since that's
// the max number of characters required to represent a 128 bit unsigned integer. Maybe. Who knows.
// Certainly not me. Math is hard.
// The good news is you can control this:
var two = jump.toBase62( [ 100, 100, 200 ], 10 );
// two == '000000t6Sy' Easy.
// And base 36 calls work the same, btw, toBase36 defaults to 26 spaces.
var three = jump.toBase36( [ 100, 100, 200 ], 10 );
// three == '000007THES' ta-da

Frequently Imagined Questions (FIQ)

How Do I Get This Crap To Install on Windows

You'll need a pre-3.0 Python version installed an in your PATH. You'll also need a C++ compiler. This will be annoying to set up if you don't have one. But you're on Windows and that's just how they do.

  • VS 2010 C++ Express
  • VS 2010 SP1 - why isn't this just in the download? So that everything they do will remain a consistent hot bucket of non-sense :)


Flake ids should be 128 bits as the good Boundary intended. Or whoever came up with it. Anyway, I want flake ids and I want them today and in 128 bits and rendered as base 62 encoded, lexicograhpically sortable strings. And I want it to be as fast as possible. That is the only reason anyone should ever hurt themselves with C++.


Yeah. So. Take the code and call it something else. If other people ask me, I might be able to add different base conversions. I tried to make it so it'd be easy for me. But I see a lot of folks asking for 62 and 36 and almost nothing supports either (in Node anyway) or does it sloooooowwwwwllllyyyyy.

Why Didn't You Just Use [some other thing]

I tried. Those other things were slow and/or irritating and/or required a ton of dependencies.


npm i basejump

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