Work with bytes types

A bytes type represents a sequence of byte values.

Type name: bytes

Bytes syntax

Flux does not provide a bytes literal syntax. Use the bytes() function to convert a string into bytes.

bytes(v: "hello")
// Returns [104 101 108 108 111]

Only string types can be converted to bytes.

Convert strings to bytes

Use bytes() or hex.bytes() to convert strings to bytes.

  • bytes(): Convert a string to bytes
  • hex.bytes(): Decode hexadecimal value and convert it to bytes.

Convert a hexadecimal string to bytes

import "contrib/bonitoo-io/hex"

hex.bytes(v: "FF5733")
// Returns [255 87 51] (bytes)

Include the string representation of bytes in a table

Use display() to return the string representation of bytes and include it as a column value. display() represents bytes types as a string of lowercase hexadecimal characters prefixed with 0x.

import "sampledata"

    |> map(fn: (r) => ({r with _value: display(v: bytes(v: r._value))}))


tag _time _value (string)
t1 2021-01-01T00:00:00Z 0x736d706c5f673971637a73
t1 2021-01-01T00:00:10Z 0x736d706c5f306d6776396e
t1 2021-01-01T00:00:20Z 0x736d706c5f706877363634
t1 2021-01-01T00:00:30Z 0x736d706c5f6775767a7934
t1 2021-01-01T00:00:40Z 0x736d706c5f357633636365
t1 2021-01-01T00:00:50Z 0x736d706c5f7339666d6779
tag _time _value (string)
t2 2021-01-01T00:00:00Z 0x736d706c5f623565696461
t2 2021-01-01T00:00:10Z 0x736d706c5f6575346f7870
t2 2021-01-01T00:00:20Z 0x736d706c5f356737747a34
t2 2021-01-01T00:00:30Z 0x736d706c5f736f78317574
t2 2021-01-01T00:00:40Z 0x736d706c5f77666d373537
t2 2021-01-01T00:00:50Z 0x736d706c5f64746e326276

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