LZ4 VS Snappy

Compare LZ4 vs Snappy and see what are their differences.

LZ4

Extremely Fast Compression algorithm (by lz4)

Snappy

A fast compressor/decompressor (by google)
InfluxDB - Power Real-Time Data Analytics at Scale
Get real-time insights from all types of time series data with InfluxDB. Ingest, query, and analyze billions of data points in real-time with unbounded cardinality.
www.influxdata.com
featured
SaaSHub - Software Alternatives and Reviews
SaaSHub helps you find the best software and product alternatives
www.saashub.com
featured
LZ4 Snappy
22 5
9,458 6,056
1.5% 0.6%
9.5 5.4
5 days ago 28 days ago
C C++
GNU General Public License v3.0 or later GNU General Public License v3.0 or later
The number of mentions indicates the total number of mentions that we've tracked plus the number of user suggested alternatives.
Stars - the number of stars that a project has on GitHub. Growth - month over month growth in stars.
Activity is a relative number indicating how actively a project is being developed. Recent commits have higher weight than older ones.
For example, an activity of 9.0 indicates that a project is amongst the top 10% of the most actively developed projects that we are tracking.

LZ4

Posts with mentions or reviews of LZ4. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-03-21.
  • LZ4 v1.10.0 – Multicores Edition
    1 project | news.ycombinator.com | 22 Jul 2024
  • Number sizes for LZ77 compression
    1 project | /r/compression | 30 Apr 2023
    LZ4 is a bit more complicated, but seems faster: https://github.com/lz4/lz4/blob/dev/doc/lz4_Block_format.md
  • Rsyncing 20TB locally
    2 projects | /r/zfs | 21 Mar 2023
    According to these https://github.com/lz4/lz4 values you need around ten (10) quite modern cores in parallel to accomplish around 8GB/s.
  • An Intro to Data Compression
    1 project | dev.to | 17 Feb 2023
    The popular NoSQL database Cassandra utilizes a compression algorithm called LZ4 to reduce the footprint of data at rest. LZ4 is characterized by very fast compression speed at the cost of a higher compression ratio. This is a design choice that allows Cassandra to maintain high write throughput while also benefiting from compression in some capacity.
  • Micron Unveils 24GB and 48GB DDR5 Memory Modules | AMD EXPO and Intel XMP 3.0 compatible
    1 project | /r/gadgets | 21 Jan 2023
    Yeah, sure, when you have monster core counts. on regular systems, not so much, here's from their own github page. it achieves, eh, 5GB/s on memory to memory transfers, i.e. best case scenario. so, uh, no? i'm not even sure it's any better than the CPU decompressor one Nvidia used.
  • Cerbios Xbox Bios V2.2.0 BETA Released (1.0 - 1.6)
    2 projects | /r/originalxbox | 31 Dec 2022
  • zstd
    8 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 19 Dec 2022
    > The downside of lz4 is that it can’t be configured to run at higher & slower compression ratios.

    lz4 has some level of configurability? https://github.com/lz4/lz4/blob/v1.9.4/lib/lz4frame.h#L194

    There's also LZ4_HC.

  • Best archival/compression format for whole hard drives
    1 project | /r/DataHoarder | 7 Dec 2022
    Since nobody mentioned it, I'll add lz4 (https://github.com/lz4/lz4).
  • I'm new to this
    2 projects | /r/androidroot | 28 Nov 2022
    Get your bootloader unlocked via Download mode and then obtain your stock firmware, preferably for your current region https://samfw.com (Download mode: CARRIER_CODE). Get the boot image from AP with 7zip, unpack from LZ4 with https://github.com/lz4/lz4/releases (drag and drop), patch with Magisk https://github.com/topjohnwu/magisk/releases/latest, grab the new image, name it "boot.img" and pack it into a .tar with 7zip and flash to AP with odin https://odindownload.com
  • An efficient image format for SDL
    4 projects | /r/gamedev | 28 Sep 2022
    After some investigations and experiments, I found out that it was the PNG compression (well, decompression I should say) that took a while. So I've made some experiments using the LZ4 compression library, which is focused on decompression speed, and it turned out to be an excellent solution!

Snappy

Posts with mentions or reviews of Snappy. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2022-11-14.
  • Why I enjoy using the Nim programming language at Reddit.
    10 projects | /r/RedditEng | 14 Nov 2022
    Another example of Nim being really fast is the supersnappy library. This library benchmarks faster than Google’s C or C++ Snappy implementation.
  • Stretch iPhone to Its Limit: 2GiB Stable Diffusion Model Runs Locally on Device
    5 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 9 Nov 2022
    It doesn't destroy performance for the simple reason that nowadays memory access has higher latency than pure compute. If you need to use compute to produce some data to be stored in memory, your overall throughput could very well be faster than without compression.

    There have been a large amount of innovation on fast compression in recent years. Traditional compression tools like gzip or xz are geared towards higher compression ratio, but memory compression tends to favor speed. Check out those algorithms:

    * lz4: https://lz4.github.io/lz4/

    * Google's snappy: https://github.com/google/snappy

    * Facebook's zstd in fast mode: http://facebook.github.io/zstd/#benchmarks

  • Compression with best ratio and fast decompression
    1 project | /r/learnprogramming | 30 Aug 2022
    Google released Snappy, which is extremely fast and robust (both at compression and decompression), but it's definitely not nearly as good (in terms of compression ratio). Google mostly uses it for real-time compression, for example of network messages - not for long-term storage.
  • How to store item info?
    1 project | /r/GameDevelopment | 4 Sep 2021
    Just compress it! Of course if you will you ZIP, players will able to just open this zip file and change whatever they want. But you can use less popular compression algorithms which are not supported by default Windows File Explorer. Snappy for example.
  • What's the best way to compress strings?
    6 projects | /r/cpp | 29 Jul 2021

What are some alternatives?

When comparing LZ4 and Snappy you can also consider the following projects:

zstd - Zstandard - Fast real-time compression algorithm

brotli - Brotli compression format

LZMA - (Unofficial) Git mirror of LZMA SDK releases

ZLib - A massively spiffy yet delicately unobtrusive compression library.

7-Zip-zstd - 7-Zip with support for Brotli, Fast-LZMA2, Lizard, LZ4, LZ5 and Zstandard

zlib-ng - zlib replacement with optimizations for "next generation" systems.

LZFSE - LZFSE compression library and command line tool

tiny_jpeg.h - Single header lib for JPEG encoding. Public domain. C99. stb style.

InfluxDB - Power Real-Time Data Analytics at Scale
Get real-time insights from all types of time series data with InfluxDB. Ingest, query, and analyze billions of data points in real-time with unbounded cardinality.
www.influxdata.com
featured
SaaSHub - Software Alternatives and Reviews
SaaSHub helps you find the best software and product alternatives
www.saashub.com
featured

Did you konow that C is
the 7th most popular programming language
based on number of metions?