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Compress::Snappy - Perl interface to Google's Snappy (de)compressor


    use Compress::Snappy;
    my $dest = compress($source);
    my $dest = decompress($source);


The "Compress::Snappy" module provides an interface to Google's Snappy (de)compressor.

Snappy does not aim for maximum compression, or compatibility with any other compression library; instead, it aims for very high speeds and reasonable compression. For instance, compared to the fastest mode of zlib, Snappy is an order of magnitude faster for most inputs, but the resulting compressed files are anywhere from 20% to 100% bigger.



    $string = compress($buffer)

Compresses the given buffer and returns the resulting string. The input buffer can be either a scalar or a scalar reference.



    $string = decompress($buffer)

Decompresses the given buffer and returns the resulting string. The input buffer can be either a scalar or a scalar reference.

On error (in case of corrupted data) undef is returned.


This distribution contains a benchmarking script which compares several compression modules available on CPAN. These are the results on a MacBook 2GHz Core 2 Duo (64-bit) with Perl 5.14.2:

    Compressible data (10 KiB) - compression
    Compress::LZ4::compress     183794/s  1795 MiB/s  1.152%
    Compress::Snappy::compress  122496/s  1196 MiB/s  5.332%
    Compress::LZF::compress      44383/s   433 MiB/s  1.865%
    Compress::Zlib::compress      2765/s    27 MiB/s  1.201%
    Compress::Bzip2::compress      110/s     1 MiB/s  2.070%
    Compressible data (10 KiB) - decompression
    Compress::LZ4::decompress     546133/s  5333 MiB/s
    Compress::Snappy::decompress  175363/s  1713 MiB/s
    Compress::LZF::decompress     135244/s  1321 MiB/s
    Compress::Bzip2::decompress     6352/s    62 MiB/s
    Compress::Zlib::uncompress      5440/s    53 MiB/s
    Uncompressible data (10 KiB) - compression
    Compress::LZ4::compress     763738/s  7458 MiB/s  107.463%
    Compress::Snappy::compress  552269/s  5393 MiB/s  100.000%
    Compress::LZF::compress     532919/s  5204 MiB/s  101.493%
    Compress::Bzip2::compress    15424/s   151 MiB/s  185.075%
    Compress::Zlib::compress      4325/s    42 MiB/s  105.970%
    Uncompressible data (10 KiB) - decompression
    Compress::LZF::decompress     2583577/s  25230 MiB/s
    Compress::LZ4::decompress     2383127/s  23273 MiB/s
    Compress::Snappy::decompress  2068002/s  20195 MiB/s
    Compress::Bzip2::decompress     48650/s    475 MiB/s
    Compress::Zlib::uncompress       6342/s     62 MiB/s





Please report any bugs or feature requests to <>. I will be notified, and then you'll automatically be notified of progress on your bug as I make changes.


You can find documentation for this module with the perldoc command.

    perldoc Compress::Snappy

You can also look for information at:


Copyright (C) 2011-2015 gray <gray at>, all rights reserved.

This library is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself.


gray, <gray at>

2020-11-09 perl v5.32.0