Character encoding

The default character encoding is usually UTF-8. You may want to change character encoding in Terminal if you:

  • are working with file or directory names that use characters unavailable in your default encoding.

  • use an external hard disk that uses different encoding from your system.

  • connect to a remote computer that uses a different encoding.

Change the character encoding

  1. Select Terminal ▸ Set Character Encoding.

  2. Select the desired character encoding.