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Wikipedia Description of Hash Table

In computing, a hash table (also hash map) is a data structure used to implement an associative array, a structure that can map keys to values. A hash table uses a hash function to compute an index into an array of buckets or slots, from which the correct value can be found.


This library written in 100% C is an implementation of hash table featuring separate chaining with linked lists and guaranteed logical order enumeration. It also supports binary keys and data of arbitrary lengths.

Notable Feature List

  • Item Access via Linear Item Reference or Key
  • Arbitrary Binary Key +/ Data (UTF-8, Integer, Double, Pointer, and Block)
  • Jenkins' One At a Time Hashing (Perl Like)
  • Enumerable, Writable and Configurable Item Properties (ECMAScript Like)
  • Call Back Events: Construct, Deconstruct, Put, Get, and Delete
  • Selective Linear Sorting Call Back Interface with User Function
  • Selective Hash Sorting Call Back Interface with User Function
  • Automated Linear Enumeration Call Back Interface with Forward, Reverse, and User Function
  • Automated Hash Enumeration Call Back Interface with Forward, Reverse and User Function
  • Manual Linear Enumeration via Probing
  • Error Reporting Using Function Return Sentinels + errno
  • Descriptive Error Retrieval
  • Private Data Association
  • Load Factor Metering
  • Item Access Hit Counters


Make System

The Makefile included with this project is specifically hand crafted for Unix Likes featuring the GNU Make tool. If your system does not have a POSIX shell layer, it is highly recommended that you should acquire one. Not only is the Makefile hand crafted, it features automated source code revision number tracking using Hypersoft Systems' MakeStats, which is an invaluable addition, for portable and robust runtime binary compatibility resolution.

Hypersoft Systems HyperVariant

Binary data storage for items is achieved by employing the HyperVariant library as a static dependency. If you have HyperVariant installed locally, you will need to hand hack the Makefile to achieve system level linkage. HyperVariant in and of itself, is not a HUGE dependency, in light of this fact static linking is the recommended method of implementation.

Binary/String Key Mixing

Upon putting an entry into a hash table, both key and value are copied into the hash table to ensure the integrity and availability of the data for future requests. Not only will the hash table store these properties, it will also track the size of the data supplied. Knowing the length of the key, is an essential component of lookup performance, wherefore the API, will check the key's length before performing a memory comparison.


It is not advisable to employ binary keys with string keys in the same table. This equates most apparently to the end user, as two different representations, of the same value. Private data can be used to store a composite set of user managed key-value-pairs if need be.

Questions, Comments, Suggestions Networking and Donations

By all means, feel free to make contributions to this project, as well as, inquire about your development issues. You can reach the maintainer here or if you feel like going social here. This project is beyond low budget, and has taken significant resources in time, talent, experience, and equipment to produce. The maintainer is NOT a hobbyist; He is a full-time self-employed Software Engineer who could greatly use more than a free beer. Should you find this project to be of any commercial use to you, any level of financial re-imbursement would be prudent.