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Fast delta encoding using xdelta3

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Fast delta encoding in python using xdelta3.


  • Python 3.5 or 3.6 - it’s 2017, you should be using python 3.6 by now anyway.
  • linux - compilation only tested on ubuntu, might work on other platform.


pip install xdelta3


import xdelta3
value_one = b'wonderful string to demonstrate xdelta3, much of these two strings is the same.'
value_two = b'different string to demonstrate xdelta3, much of these two strings is the same.'
delta = xdelta3.encode(value_one, value_two)
# delta is an unreadable byte string: b'\xd6\xc3 ... \x01different\n\x13F\x00'

print(f'New string length: {len(value_two)}, delta length: {len(delta)}')
value_two_rebuilt = xdelta3.decode(value_one, delta)
if value_two_rebuilt == value_two:
    print('Boo Ya! Delta encoding successful.')

(with xdelta3 installed this code should run “as is”, just copy it into ipython or a file and run)

How fast?

xdelta3-python is a thin wrapper around xdelta 3.1.1 which is a highly optimised c library for delta calculation and compression. It can encode a delta and decode it again for 5 small changes in a 5.5 million character string (the complete works of shakespeare) in around 10ms (or 30ms with the highest compression level). Boom. See

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