Ning-compress is a Java library for encoding and decoding data in LZF format, written by Tatu Saloranta (email@example.com)
Data format and algorithm based on original LZF library by Marc A Lehmann
Format differs slightly from some other adaptations, such as one used by H2 database project (by Thomas Mueller); although internal block compression structure is the same, block identifiers differ. This package uses the original LZF identifiers to be 100% compatible with existing command-line lzf tool(s).
LZF alfgorithm itself is optimized for speed, with somewhat more modest compression: compared to Deflate (algorithm gzip uses) LZF can be 5-6 times as fast to compress, and twice as fast to decompress.
Both compression and decompression can be done either block-by-block or using Java stream.
When reading compressed data from a file you can do it simply creating a
LZFInputStream and use it for reading content
InputStream in = new LZFInputStream(new FileInputStream("data.lzf"));
(note, too, that stream is buffered: there is no need to or benefit from using
and similarly you can compress content using
OutputStream out = new LZFOutputStream(new FileOutputStream("results.lzf"));
Compressing and decompressing individual blocks is as simple:
byte compressed = LZFEncoder.encode(uncompressedData); byte uncompressed = LZFDecoder.decode(compressedData);
Finally, note that LZF encoded chunks have length of at most 64 kB; longer content will be split into such chunks.
Use as command-line tool
Note that resulting jar is both an OSGi bundle, and a command-line tool (has manifest that points to 'com.ning.compress.lzf.LZF' as the class having main() method to call).
This means that you can use it like:
java -jar compress-lzf-0.8.4.jar
(which will display necessary usage arguments)
Check out jvm-compress-benchmark for comparison of space- and time-efficiency of this LZF implementation, relative other available Java-accessible compression libraries.
Check out Project Wiki for more information.