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LZ4 - Extremely fast compression

LZ4 is lossless compression algorithm, providing compression speed at 400 MB/s per core, scalable with multi-cores CPU. It features an extremely fast decoder, with speed in multiple GB/s per core, typically reaching RAM speed limits on multi-core systems.

Speed can be tuned dynamically, selecting an “acceleration” factor which trades compression ratio for more speed up. On the other end, a high compression derivative, LZ4_HC, is also provided, trading CPU time for improved compression ratio. All versions feature the same decompression speed.

LZ4 library is provided as open-source software using BSD 2-Clause license.

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The benchmark uses lzbench, from @inikep compiled with GCC v6.2.0 on Linux 64-bits. The reference system uses a Core i7-3930K CPU @ 4.5GHz. Benchmark evaluates the compression of reference Silesia Corpus in single-thread mode.

memcpy1.0007300 MB/s7300 MB/s
LZ4 fast 8 (v1.7.3)1.799911 MB/s3360 MB/s
LZ4 default (v1.7.3)2.101625 MB/s3220 MB/s
LZO 2.092.108620 MB/s845 MB/s
QuickLZ MB/s600 MB/s
Snappy MB/s1550 MB/s
LZF v3.62.073365 MB/s820 MB/s
Zstandard 1.1.1 -12.876330 MB/s930 MB/s
Zstandard 1.1.1 -33.164200 MB/s810 MB/s
zlib deflate 1.2.8 -12.730100 MB/s370 MB/s
LZ4 HC -9 (v1.7.3)2.72034 MB/s3240 MB/s
zlib deflate 1.2.8 -63.09933 MB/s390 MB/s

LZ4 is also compatible and well optimized for x32 mode, for which it provides +10% speed performance.


The raw LZ4 block compression format is detailed within lz4_Block_format.

To compress an arbitrarily long file or data stream, multiple blocks are required. Organizing these blocks and providing a common header format to handle their content is the purpose of the Frame format, defined into lz4_Frame_format. Interoperable versions of LZ4 must respect this frame format.

Other source versions

Beyond the C reference source, many contributors have created versions of lz4 in multiple languages (Java, C#, Python, Perl, Ruby, etc.). A list of known source ports is maintained on the LZ4 Homepage.