Fast read/write of AVRO files
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Because the Apache Python avro package is written in pure Python, it is relatively slow. In one test case, it takes about 14 seconds to iterate through a file of 10,000 records. By comparison, the JAVA avro SDK reads the same file in 1.9 seconds.
The fastavro library was written to offer performance comparable to the Java library. With regular CPython, fastavro uses C extensions which allow it to iterate the same 10,000 record file in 1.7 seconds. With PyPy, this drops to 1.5 seconds (to be fair, the JAVA benchmark is doing some extra JSON encoding/decoding).
fastavro supports the following Python versions:
- Python 2.7
- Python 3.5
- Python 3.6
- Python 3.7
## Supported Features
- File Writer
- File Reader (iterating via records or blocks)
- Schemaless Writer
- Schemaless Reader
- Snappy and Deflate codecs
- Schema resolution
- Logical Types
## Missing Features
- Anything involving Avro’s RPC features
- Parsing schemas into the canonical form
- Schema fingerprinting
Documentation is available at http://fastavro.readthedocs.io/en/latest/
# Installing fastavro is available both on [PyPi](http://pypi.python.org/pypi)
pip install fastavro
and on [conda-forge](https://conda-forge.github.io) conda channel.
conda install -c conda-forge fastavro
- Bugs and new feature requests typically start as github issues where they can be discussed. I try to resolve these as time affords, but PRs are welcome from all.
- Get approval from discussing on the github issue before opening the pull request
- Tests must be passing for pull request to be considered
Developer requirements can be installed with pip install -r developer_requirements.txt. If those are installed, you can run the tests with ./run-tests.sh. If you have trouble installing those dependencies, you can run docker build . to run the tests inside a docker container. This won’t test on all versions of python or on pypy, so it’s possible to still get CI failures after making a pull request, but we can work through those errors if/when they happen.
We release both to [pypi][pypi] and to [conda-forge][conda-forge].
We assume you have [twine][twine] installed and that you’ve created your own fork of [fastavro-feedstock][feedstock].
- Make sure the tests pass
- Run make tag
- Copy the windows build artifacts for the new version from https://ci.appveyor.com/project/scottbelden/fastavro to the dist folder
- Copy the linux build artifacts for the new version from https://github.com/fastavro/fastavro/releases/tag/ to the dist folder
- Run make publish
- Note the sha signature emitted at the above
- Switch to feedstock directory and edit recipe/meta.yaml
- Update version and sha256 variables at the top of the file
- Run python recipe/test_recipe.py
- Submit a [PR][pr]
[conda-forge]: https://conda-forge.org/ [feedstock]: https://github.com/conda-forge/fastavro-feedstock [pr]: https://conda-forge.org/#update_recipe [pypi]: https://pypi.python.org/pypi [twine]: https://pypi.python.org/pypi/twine
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