The snappy-java is a Java port of the snappy http://code.google.com/p/snappy/, a fast C++ compresser/decompresser developed by Google.
- Apache License Version 2.0. Free for both commercial and non-commercial use.
- Fast compression/decompression tailored to 64-bit CPU architecture.
- JNI-based implementation to achieve comparable performance to the native C++ version.
- Although snappy-java uses JNI, it can be used safely with multiple class loaders (e.g. Tomcat, etc.).
- Portable across various operating systems; Snappy-java contains native libraries built for Window/Mac/Linux (32/64-bit). At runtime, snappy-java loads one of these libraries according to your machine environment (It looks system properties,
- Simple usage. Add the snappy-java-(version).jar file to your classpath. Then call compression/decompression methods in org.xerial.snappy.Snappy.
Snappy's main target is very high-speed compression/decompression with reasonable compression size. So the compression ratio of snappy-java is modest and about the same as
LZF(ranging 20%-100% according to the dataset).
Here are some benchmark results, comparing snappy-java and the other compressors
Bzip2. Thanks Tatu Saloranta @cotowncoder for providing the benchmark suite.
- The benchmark result indicates snappy-java is the fastest compreesor/decompressor in Java:
- The decompression speed is twice as fast as the others:
The current stable version is available from here:
org.xerial.snapy.Snappy in your Java code:
String input = "Hello snappy-java! Snappy-java is a JNI-based wrapper of " + "Snappy, a fast compresser/decompresser."; byte compressed = Snappy.compress(input.getBytes("UTF-8")); byte uncompressed = Snappy.uncompress(compressed); String result = new String(uncompressed, "UTF-8"); System.out.println(result);
In addition, high-level methods (
Snappy.compress(float ..) etc. ) and low-level ones (e.g.
Snappy.rawUncompress(..), etc.), which minimize memory copies, can be used. See also
SnappyInputStream are also available for reading/writing large data sets.
If you have snappy-java-(VERSION).jar in the current directory, use
-classpath option as follows:
$ javac -classpath ".;snappy-java-(VERSION).jar" Sample.java # in Windows or $ javac -classpath ".:snappy-java-(VERSION).jar" Sample.java # in Mac or Linux
Using with Maven
- Snappy-java is available from Maven's central repository: http://repo1.maven.org/maven2/org/xerial/snappy/snappy-java
Add the following dependency to your pom.xml:
<dependency> <groupId>org.xerial.snappy</groupId> <artifactId>snappy-java</artifactId> <version>(version)</version> <type>jar</type> <scope>compile</scope> </dependency>
Public discussion group
Post bug reports or feature request to the Issue Tracker: https://github.com/xerial/snappy-java/issues
Public discussion forum is here:
Building from the source code
See the installation instruction. Building from the source code is an option when your OS platform and CPU architecture is not supported. To build snappy-java, you need Git, JDK (1.6 or higher), Maven (3.x or higher is required), g++ compiler (mingw in Windows) etc.
$ git clone https://github.com/xerial/snappy-java.git $ cd snappy-java $ make
target/snappy-java-$(version).jar is the product additionally containing the native library built for your platform.
Cross-compiling for other platforms
The Makefile contains rules for cross-compiling the native library for other platforms so that the snappy-java JAR can support multiple platforms. For example, to build the native libraries for x86 Linux, x86 and x86-64 Windows, and soft- and hard-float ARM:
$ make linux32 win32 win64 linux-arm linux-armhf
If you append
snappy to the line above, it will also build the native library for the current platform and then build the snappy-java JAR (containing all native libraries built so far).
Of course, you must first have the necessary cross-compilers and development libraries installed for each target CPU and OS. For example, on Ubuntu 12.04 for x86-64, install the following packages for each target:
sudo apt-get install g++-multilib libc6-dev-i386 lib32stdc++6
sudo apt-get install g++-mingw-w64-i686
sudo apt-get install g++-mingw-w64-x86-64
sudo apt-get install g++-arm-linux-gnueabi
sudo apt-get install g++-arm-linux-gnueabihf
Unfortunately, cross-compiling for Mac OS X is not currently possible; you must compile within OS X.
If you are using Mac and openjdk7 (or higher), use the following option:
$ make native LIBNAME=libsnappyjava.dylib
Using snappy-java with Tomcat 6 (or higher) Web Server
Simply put the snappy-java's jar to WEB-INF/lib folder of your web application. Usual JNI-library specific problem no longer exists since snappy-java version 1.0.3 or higher can be loaded by multiple class loaders in the same JVM by using native code injection to the parent class loader.
Snappy-java is developed by Taro L. Saito. Twitter @taroleo