snappy-c: Bindings to Google's Snappy: A fast compression library

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Snappy is a fast (de)compression library. It is written in C++, but a basic set of C bindings is also provided. Although the C bindings only support the "raw" Snappy format, this package provides support for the Snappy "frame" format on top of the raw C API, enabling extremely fast (de)compression of lazy (streamed) data.

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Dependencies base (>=4.14 && <4.20), bytestring (>=0.11 && <0.13), conduit (>=1.3.5 && <1.4), data-default (>=0.7 && <0.8), digest (>=0.0.2 && <0.0.3), mtl (>=2.2.2 && <2.4), optparse-applicative (>=0.18 && <0.19), snappy-c [details]
License BSD-3-Clause
Author Finley McIlwaine, Edsko de Vries
Revised Revision 1 made by FinleyMcIlwaine at 2024-02-13T19:24:17Z
Category Codec
Source repo head: git clone
Uploaded by FinleyMcIlwaine at 2024-02-09T23:25:17Z
Executables snappy-cli
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Haskell bindings to the C API of Snappy: A fast compression library.


[!IMPORTANT] To use this package, you must have the Snappy library installed and visible to cabal.

If your build fails with a message like:

Error: cabal- Missing dependency on a foreign library:
* Missing (or bad) C library: snappy

You need to explicitly configure the include and library paths via cabal. One way to do so is to add something like this to your cabal.project configuration:

package snappy-c

In my case, on a mac using homebrew, the following suffices:

package snappy-c

We wouldn't need to do this if the Snappy library supported pkg-config configuration, but as of writing they do not.

Installing Snappy

The Snappy library is available most package managers.


brew install snappy


apt-get install libsnappy-dev


snappy-c stays true to the speedy spirit of Snappy compression.

The package includes a benchmark suite that compares the compression, decompression, and roundtrip performance of this package against

Run the benchmarks with:

cabal run bench-snappy-c -- --time-limit 5 -o bench.html

[!IMPORTANT] To build the benchmarks, you will need to set extra-include-dirs and extra-lib-dirs for the snappy package as you did for snappy-c (see Usage).

Here's a screenshot from the generated bench.html file:

benchmark results

snappy-cli performance

See snappy-cli/ for a demonstration of the performance of this library in a CLI tool.