Java.lang.IllegalArgumentException: bad base-64

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I am trying to encode and decode a String using android.util.Base64, but it gives a bad base-64 error.

The code with the problem is:

private byte[] base64ToByte(String str) throws IOException {

    Log.i("encription", str);
    byte[] returnbyteArray = Base64.decode(str, Base64.URL_SAFE);

    return returnbyteArray;
}

The error logcat is:

08-09 13:02:18.589: E/AndroidRuntime(29827): Process: com.example.maptest, PID: 29827
08-09 13:02:18.589: E/AndroidRuntime(29827): java.lang.IllegalArgumentException: bad base-64
08-09 13:02:18.589: E/AndroidRuntime(29827):    at android.util.Base64.decode(Base64.java:161)
08-09 13:02:18.589: E/AndroidRuntime(29827):    at android.util.Base64.decode(Base64.java:136)
08-09 13:02:18.589: E/AndroidRuntime(29827):    at android.util.Base64.decode(Base64.java:118)
08-09 13:02:18.589: E/AndroidRuntime(29827):    at com.example.maptest.security.Encription.base64ToByte(Encription.java:116)
08-09 13:02:18.589: E/AndroidRuntime(29827):    at com.example.maptest.security.Encription.encode(Encription.java:103)
08-09 13:02:18.589: E/AndroidRuntime(29827):    at android.os.Handler.dispatchMessage(Handler.java:102)
08-09 13:02:18.589: E/AndroidRuntime(29827):    at android.os.Looper.loop(Looper.java:136)
08-09 13:02:18.589: E/AndroidRuntime(29827):    at android.app.ActivityThread.main(ActivityThread.java:5081)
08-09 13:02:18.589: E/AndroidRuntime(29827):    at java.lang.reflect.Method.invokeNative(Native Method)
08-09 13:02:18.589: E/AndroidRuntime(29827):    at java.lang.reflect.Method.invoke(Method.java:515)
08-09 13:02:18.589: E/AndroidRuntime(29827):    at com.android.internal.os.ZygoteInit$MethodAndArgsCaller.run(ZygoteInit.java:781)
08-09 13:02:18.589: E/AndroidRuntime(29827):    at com.android.internal.os.ZygoteInit.main(ZygoteInit.java:597)
08-09 13:02:18.589: E/AndroidRuntime(29827):    at dalvik.system.NativeStart.main(Native Method)

The input(the str String from the code) looks like this:

08-09 13:02:18.539: I/encription(29827): 26.919047981500626

It is a double converted to a string, using:

String.valueOf(number)

The error is persistent with all encoding flags (DEFAULT, NO_WRAP, etc), any help would be apreciated, thank you.


You are trying to decode 26.919047981500626 which you can't. Because it's not a valid base64 encoded string.

When put into this online base64 decoder, it gives this error:

The input is not a valid Base-64 string as it contains a non-base 64 character, more than two padding characters, or an illegal character among the padding characters.

Update:

If you want to know the valid formatting of a encoded base64 string, take a look at the table in the wikipedia article and also this answer which shows a base64 validator code in C#.