smaz VS MessagePack

Compare smaz vs MessagePack and see what are their differences.


Small strings compression library (by antirez)


MessagePack serializer implementation for Java /[Java] (by msgpack)
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smaz MessagePack
3 12
931 1,241
- 1.0%
0.0 7.8
about 2 years ago 15 days ago
C Java
BSD 3-clause "New" or "Revised" License Apache License 2.0
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Posts with mentions or reviews of smaz. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2021-10-13.
  • Advanced MessagePack capabilities
    4 projects | | 13 Oct 2021
    Choose the data compression algorithm based on the specifics of your data. For example, if you are working with lots of short strings, take a look at [*SMAZ](*
  • Improving short string compression.
    1 project | | 29 Jul 2021
    Take a look at this. Idea behind it seems nice, but it's fixed dictionary ("codebook") was clearly made for English language, and the algorithm itself is really simple. How can we impove on this? Dynamic dictionary won't do, since you have to store it somewhere, nullifying benefits of using such algorithm. Beyond that I have no idea.
  • C Deep
    80 projects | | 27 Feb 2021
    smaz - Efficient string compression library. BSD-3-Clause


Posts with mentions or reviews of MessagePack. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2021-10-13.
  • Can't find a portable binary file format to work with both Java and Python (except CSV)
    1 project | | 20 Nov 2021
    You could try ?
  • Advanced MessagePack capabilities
    4 projects | | 13 Oct 2021
    If you've ever inquired about MessagePack before, you probably know the phrase from its official website, "It's like JSON, but fast and small." In fact, if you compare how much memory space the same data occupies in JSON and MessagePack, you'll see why the latter is a much more compact format. For example, the number 100 takes 3 bytes in JSON and only 1 in MessagePack. The difference becomes more significant as the number's order of magnitude grows. For the maximum value of int64 (9223372036854775807), the size of the stored data differs by as much as 10 bytes (19 against 9)! The same is true for boolean values---4 or 5 bytes in JSON against 1 byte in MessagePack. It is also true for arrays because many syntactic symbols---such as commas separating the elements, semicolons separating the key-value pairs, and brackets marking the array limits---don't exist in binary format. Obviously, the larger the array is, the more syntactic litter accumulates along with the payload. String values, however, are a little more complicated. If your strings don't consist entirely of quotation marks, line feeds, and other special symbols that require escaping, then you won't see a difference between their sizes in JSON and in MessagePack. For example, "foobar" has a length of 8 bytes in JSON and 7 in MessagePack. Note that the above only applies to UTF-8 strings. For binary strings, JSON's disadvantage against MessagePack is obvious.
  • LIVE: Otimizando aplicações .NET com MessagePack.
    5 projects | | 22 Sep 2021
    Site oficial do MessagePack
  • A Vim Guide for Veteran Users
    1 project | | 17 Aug 2021
    The viminfo file is written in its one dialect. You can modify it directly if you feel even more adventurous. The shada file use the messagepack format.
  • Thoughts on Golang’s future in backend Web Development?
    4 projects | | 6 Aug 2021
    You should probably also check out MessagePack, FlatBuffers, CapnProto etc.
  • RoguelikeDev Does The Complete Roguelike Tutorial - Week 6
    10 projects | | 3 Aug 2021
    For saving the game, I went with MessagePack, which is a binary serialization format. This makes creating the save files much easier: each struct is simply encoded and decoded as-is, except of course for pointers, which have to be restored while deserializing.
  • Best Way to Make a Simple PC Based GUI that Controls an STM32
    5 projects | | 28 Jul 2021
    I've heard of people using firmata or or or cbor ...
  • AMQP - Propriedades de Mensagem
    1 project | | 5 May 2021
  • What is the benefit of writing plugins in Lua rather than any other language?
    7 projects | | 29 Mar 2021
    I definitely don't want to program in vimscript but as I understand it, there "MessagePack structured communication enables extensions in any language".
  • Roadmap for building a highly customizable neovim UI
    1 project | | 3 Mar 2021
    Neovim communicates with GUIs by sending and receiving messages encoded as messagepack-rpc (this is a representation similar to JSON but in binary instead of plain text). The messages Neovim sends are described in :help ui-events. There are a lot of libraries, named "api clients", that can take care of starting neovim and decoding the messagepack messages for you. I find that most of the time their documentation isn't the best at conveying how to use them, so a thing I like to do to understand what needs to be done is read the code of the existing GUIs.

What are some alternatives?

When comparing smaz and MessagePack you can also consider the following projects:

FlatBuffers - FlatBuffers: Memory Efficient Serialization Library

Kryo - Java binary serialization and cloning: fast, efficient, automatic

Cap'n Proto - Cap'n Proto serialization/RPC system - core tools and C++ library

protostuff - Java serialization library, proto compiler, code generator

FST - FST: fast java serialization drop in-replacement

PHP Serializer - A Java library for serializing objects as PHP serialization format.

zstd - Zstandard - Fast real-time compression algorithm

LibTomCrypt - LibTomCrypt is a fairly comprehensive, modular and portable cryptographic toolkit that provides developers with a vast array of well known published block ciphers, one-way hash functions, chaining modes, pseudo-random number generators, public key cryptography and a plethora of other routines.

LZMAT - git mirror of LZMAT (

LZHAM - Lossless data compression codec with LZMA-like ratios but 1.5x-8x faster decompression speed, C/C++

Minizip-ng - Fork of the popular zip manipulation library found in the zlib distribution.

Snappy - A fast compressor/decompressor