Julia bindings for libdeflate
Author jakobnissen
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August 2020


This package provides Julia bindings for libdeflate.

Libdeflate is a heavily optimized implementation of the DEFLATE compression algorithm used in the zip, bgzip and gzip formats. Unlike libz or gzip, libdeflate does not support streaming, and so is intended for use in of files that fit in-memory or for block-compressed files like bgzip. But it is significantly faster than either libz or gzip.

This package provides simple functionality for working with raw DEFLATE payloads and gzip data. It is intended for internal use by other packages, not to be used directly by users. Hence, its interface is somewhat small.


Several functions have a "safe" and an "unsafe" variant. The unsafe works with pointers, the safe with arrays. Unless the API is significantly different, these are grouped together here.

For more details on these functions, read their docstrings.

Common exported types

  • Decompressor: Create an object that decompresses using DEFLATE.
  • Compressor(N): Create an object that compresses using DEFLATE level N.
  • LibDeflateError(::String): An Exception type for this package.

Working with DEFLATE payloads

  • (unsafe_)decompress!: DEFLATE decompress payload.
  • (unsafe_)compress!: DEFLATE compress payload

Working with gzip files

  • (unsafe_)gzip_decompress!: Decompress gzip data.`

  • (unsafe_)gzip_compress!: Compress gzip data and/or metadata`

  • (unsafe_)parse_gzip_header: Parse out gzip header

  • is_valid_extra_data: Check if some bytes are valid metadata for the gzip "extra" field.


  • (unsafe)_crc32: Compute the crc32 checksum of the byte vector data. Note that this is not the same algorithm as crc32c.

Example usage

julia> compressor = Compressor() # default to level 6
Main.LibDeflate.Compressor(6, Ptr{Nothing} @0x0000000002c37390)

julia> decompressor = Decompressor()
Main.LibDeflate.Decompressor(0, Ptr{Nothing} @0x0000000002645890)

julia> data = Vector{UInt8}("Na " * "na "^15 * "Batman!") # 55 bytes;

julia> outvector = zeros(UInt8, 128);

julia> nbytes = compress!(compressor, outvector, data)

julia> compressed = outvector[1:15]; String(copy(compressed))

julia> decompress!(decompressor, outvector, compressed)

julia> outvector[1:55] == data

For extra decompression speed, you can pass the size of the decompressed data to decompress!, using decompress!(decompressor, outvector, compressed, 55).

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