Python Base62 Encoder & Decoder07 Feb 2017 by Friedrich Ewald · 1 min read
Base62 encoding is commonly used for ids where space matters. Many URL shortener service use this and also youtube calculates its video ids in Base62. The advantages are obvious. Instead of using the id
1337, you can just use
LZ. This saves 50% (in this case, usually more) of the overall traffic needed to transmit this id. However, Base62 is not an ecryption.
I created an easy to use Python module and put it on my GitHub account. As I try to improve code quality, this module has 100% code coverage and also passes all unit tests.