How to extract the MIME type from a base64 string.

Extract the MIME type from a base64 string using a regular expression.

function base64MimeType(encoded) {
  var result = null;

  if (typeof encoded !== 'string') {
    return result;

  var mime = encoded.match(/data:([a-zA-Z0-9]+\/[a-zA-Z0-9-.+]+).*,.*/);

  if (mime && mime.length) {
    result = mime[1];

  return result;


var encoded = 'data:image/png;base64,iVBORw0KGgoAA...5CYII=';

console.log(base64Mime(encoded)); // "image/png"
console.log(base64Mime('garbage')); // null

On github at miguelmota/base64mime


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