How to read str from binary file in Python

When you have a file-like object in Python, .read() will always return bytes. You can use any of the following solutions to get a str from the binary file.

Option 1: Decode the bytes

You can call .decode() on the bytes. Ensure to use the right encoding. utf-8 is often correct if you don’t know what the encoding is, but

binary = # type: bytes
text = binary.decode("utf-8")

# Short version
text ="utf-8")

Option 2: Wrap the file so it appears like a file in text mode

Use io.TextIOWrapper like this:

import io

text_file = io.TextIOWrapper(myfile, encoding="utf-8")
text =