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# How to Read Binary Code Like a Pro

Reading a binary code is not as difficult as it seems to be. With a little bit of practice, you will be able to master this skill.

### Fast Fact

If the last digit of a binary number is 1, the number is odd; if it is 0, the number is even.

Binary is a base-2 number system which represents numeric values through various combinations of bits. A bit can either be zero or one, only. A combination of 8 bits is called a byte, and every byte represents a single numeric value.

Binary is also popularly known as the machine language, since it helps detect an electrical signal’s on or off state. But how? The answer lies in the fact that 0 indicates the OFF state, whereas 1 indicates the ON state of an electrical signal. Here, we will learn how a computer decodes binary data into human-readable form.

### How to Read Binary Code Text

Computers only understand the numerical ‘binary’ language. Then how is it possible that they can interpret alphabets and other characters too? The answer lies in the fact that every character, including alphabets and non-alphabetic characters like space, +, ×, etc., and numeric text 0 – 9, is internally represented with a numerical value known as the ‘ASCII’ value. ASCII stands for American Standard Code for Information Interchange. Now, once the computer is aware which number is associated with a particular alphabet/character, it can easily manipulate the data after converting it into binary format. The following table depicts the ASCII value and its associated binary code for letters ‘A – Z’ and ‘a – z’.

Uppercase Alphabets
Lowercase Alphabets

Let us see how to read binary code alphabets and letters with examples.

### Example #1

Question: Decode the binary string 010010012

Answer: Begin decoding from right to left.

010010012 = 1 × 20 + 0 × 21 + 0 × 22 + 1 × 23 + 0 × 24 + 0 × 25 + 1 × 26 + 0 × 27
= 1 + 0 + 0 + 8 + 0 + 0 + 64 + 0 = 73, which is the ASCII equivalent of I

### Example #2

Question: Decode the binary string 011001112

Answer: Begin decoding from right to left.

011001112 = 1 × 20 + 1 × 21 + 1 × 22 + 0 × 23 + 0 × 24 + 1 × 25 + 1 × 26 + 0 × 27
= 1 + 2 + 4 + 0 + 0 + 32 + 64 + 0 = 103, which is the ASCII equivalent of g

### Example #3

Question: Decode the binary string 001101002

Answer: Begin decoding from right to left.

001101002 = 0 × 20 + 0 × 21 + 1 × 22 + 0 × 23 + 1 × 24 + 1 × 25 + 0 × 26 + 0 × 27
= 0 + 0 + 4 + 0 + 16 + 32 + 0 + 0 = 52, which is the ASCII equivalent of 4 ### How To Choose A Blockchain Platform That Accelerates Your Business Growth

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