BriefLZ - small fast Lempel-Ziv
Copyright (c) 2002-2020 Joergen Ibsen
BriefLZ is a small and fast open source implementation of a Lempel-Ziv style compression algorithm. The main focus is on speed and code footprint, but the ratios achieved are quite good compared to similar algorithms.
Two widely used types of Lempel-Ziv based compression libraries are those that employ entropy encoding to achieve good ratios (like Brotli, zlib, Zstd), and those that forgo entropy encoding to favor speed (like LZ4, LZO).
BriefLZ attempts to place itself somewhere between these two by using a universal code, which may improve compression ratios compared to no entropy encoding, while requiring little extra code.
Not counting the optional lookup tables, the compression function
is 147 LOC, and the decompression function
blz_depack is 61 LOC (and can be
implemented in 103 bytes of x86 machine code).
If you do not need the extra speed of libraries without entropy encoding, but want reasonable compression ratios, and the footprint of the compression or decompression code is a factor, BriefLZ might be an option.
|Compressor name||Compression||Decompress.||Compr. size||Ratio|
|brotli 2019-10-01 -9||5.80 MB/s||432 MB/s||56,697,015||26.75|
|zstd 1.4.3 -9||29 MB/s||848 MB/s||60,185,637||28.40|
|brieflz 1.3.0 -9||1.95 MB/s||415 MB/s||63,947,751||30.17|
|zstd 1.4.3 -3||199 MB/s||776 MB/s||66,681,182||31.46|
|brieflz 1.3.0 -6||17 MB/s||400 MB/s||67,208,420||31.71|
|brotli 2019-10-01 -3||95 MB/s||382 MB/s||67,369,244||31.79|
|zlib 1.2.11 -9||11 MB/s||320 MB/s||67,644,548||31.92|
|zlib 1.2.11 -3||63 MB/s||313 MB/s||72,967,040||34.43|
|brotli 2019-10-01 -1||220 MB/s||338 MB/s||73,499,222||34.68|
|zstd 1.4.3 -1||345 MB/s||880 MB/s||73,508,823||34.68|
|brieflz 1.3.0 -3||96 MB/s||369 MB/s||75,550,736||35.65|
|zlib 1.2.11 -1||91 MB/s||295 MB/s||77,259,029||36.45|
|lz4hc 1.9.2 -9||28 MB/s||3417 MB/s||77,884,448||36.75|
|brieflz 1.3.0 -1||164 MB/s||362 MB/s||81,138,803||38.28|
|lzo1x 2.10 -1||531 MB/s||702 MB/s||100,572,537||47.45|
|lz4 1.9.2||550 MB/s||3444 MB/s||100,880,800||47.60|
Please note that this benchmark is not entirely fair because BriefLZ has no window size limit.
The include file
include/brieflz.h contains documentation in the form of
doxygen comments. A configuration file is included, so you can simply run
doxygen to generate documentation in HTML format.
If you wish to compile BriefLZ on 16-bit systems, make sure to adjust the
When using BriefLZ as a shared library (dll on Windows), define
When building BriefLZ as a shared library, define both
example folder contains a simple command-line program,
can compress and decompress a file using BriefLZ. For convenience, the example
comes with makefiles for GCC and MSVC.
BriefLZ uses CMake to generate build systems. To create one for the tools on your platform, and build BriefLZ, use something along the lines of:
mkdir build cd build cmake -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release .. cmake --build . --config Release
You can also simply compile the source files and link them into your project. CMake just provides an easy way to build and test across various platforms and toolsets.
This projected is licensed under the zlib License (Zlib).