Joveler.ZLibWrapper 1.3.0

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Install-Package Joveler.ZLibWrapper -Version 1.3.0
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ZLibWrapper internally loads zlib dynamically (using LoadLibrary and GetProcAddress).

Personal recommendation is case 1, since it provides newer version of zlib while convenient.

Case 1 : Embedded Precompiled zlib

ZLibWrapper contains zlibwapi.dll, precompiled binaries of zlib 1.2.11. They will be copied into $(OutDir)\x86\zlibwpi.all and $(OutDir)\x64\zlibwpi.all at build.

To use zlibwapi.dll, call ZLibInit.GlobalInit() explicitly at App's init code.

WARNING: Architecture of zlibwapi.dll must be matched with caller!

Put this snippet in Application's init code:

if (IntPtr.Size == 8) // This app is running on 64bit .Net Framework
    ZLibNative.AssemblyInit(Path.Combine("x64", "zlibwapi.dll"));
else // This app is running on 32bit .Net Framework
    ZLibNative.AssemblyInit(Path.Combine("x86", "zlibwapi.dll"));
Known Issue
  • x86 version of embedded zlibwapi.dll was compiled without assembly optimization, due to the bug

Case 2 : No Explicit Initialzation

Starting from .Net Framework 4.5, .Net has its own copy of zlib, named clrcompression.dll. It is stripped version of zlib, which is used in System.IO.Compression.DeflateStream.

If ZLibWrapper is used without explicit initialization, clrcompression.dll is used by default.

  • Since clrcompression.dll does not expose adler32() and crc32(), checksum calculation feature will be disabled.
  • clrcompression.dll is based on quite old version of zlib (at least in .Net Framework 4.7).

Case 3 : Custom zlib

You may want to use custom zlib because of several reasons.

In this case, call ZLibInit.GlobalInit() with path to custom zlibwapi.dll.

NOTE: ZLibWrapper can only recognize zlibwapi.dll, not zlib1.dll. The difference is the calling convention: zlibwapi.dll uses stdcall, while zlib1.dll uses cdecl.

It is advised to prevent copy of package-embedded zlibwapi.dll in this case. To do so, create empty file named Joveler.ZLibWrapper.Precompiled.Exclude in project directory.


To unload zlib dll explicitly, call ZLibInit.GlobalCleanup().

NOTE: Loading and unloading dll too often can impact performance.



A stream to process a data format conforming RFC 1951.

Its API is similar to System.IO.Compression.DeflateStream.

Example of compression:

using (FileStream fsOrigin = new FileStream("file_origin.bin", FileMode.Open))
using (FileStream fsComp = new FileStream("test.deflate", FileMode.Create))
using (DeflateStream zs = new DeflateStream(fsComp, CompressionMode.Compress, CompressionLevel.Default, true))

ZLibWrapper.CompressionLevel has more option compared to System.IO.Compression.CompressionLevel:

public enum ZLibCompLevel : int
    Default = -1,
    NoCompression = 0,
    BestSpeed = 1,
    BestCompression = 9,
    Level0 = 0,
    Level1 = 1,
    Level2 = 2,
    Level3 = 3,
    Level4 = 4,
    Level5 = 5,
    Level6 = 6,
    Level7 = 7,
    Level8 = 8,
    Level9 = 9,

Example of decompression:

using (FileStream fsComp = new FileStream("test.deflate", FileMode.Create))
using (FileStream fsDecomp = new FileStream("file_decomp.bin", FileMode.Open))
using (DeflateStream zs = new DeflateStream(fsComp, CompressionMode.Decompress, true))


A stream to process a data format conforming RFC 1950.

Same usage with DeflateStream.


A stream to process a data format conforming RFC 1952.

Same usage with DeflateStream.


A helper class for DeflateStream.

Example of DeflateCompressor.Compress(Stream stream):

using (FileStream fsOrigin = new FileStream("file_origin.bin", FileMode.Open))
using (MemoryStream msComp = DeflateCompressor.Compress(fsOrigin))
    // write msComp to file, or send through network, etc

Example of DeflateCompressor.Decompress(byte[] buffer):

byte[] input = new byte[] { 0x73, 0x74, 0x72, 0x76, 0x71, 0x75, 0x03, 0x00 };
byte[] decompBytes = DeflateCompressor.Decompress(input);
string decompText = Encoding.UTF8.GetString(decompBytes);
Console.WriteLine(decompText); // "ABCDEF"


A helper class for ZLibStream.

Same usage with DeflateCompressor.


A helper class for GZipStream.

Same usage with DeflateCompressor.


NOTE: To use checksum calculation, you MUST USE zlibwapi.dll.


A class to compute adler32 checksum.

Use Append() methods to compute checksum.<br> Use Checksum property to get checksum value.

Example of Append(Stream stream):

using (FileStream fs = new FileStream("read.txt", FileMode.Open))
    Adler32Checksum adler = new Adler32Checksum();
    Console.WriteLine("0x" + adler.Checksum.ToString("X8"));

Example of Append(byte[] buffer) and Append(byte[] buffer, int offset, int count):

Adler32Checksum adler = new Adler32Checksum();
byte[] bin = Encoding.UTF8.GetBytes("ABCDEF");

Console.WriteLine("0x" + adler.Checksum.ToString("X8")); // 0x057E0196

adler.Append(bin, 2, 3);
Console.WriteLine("0x" + adler.Checksum.ToString("X8")); // 0x0BD60262

Static wrapper methods named Adler32Checksum.Adler32() behave just like zlib's adler32() function.

Example of static wrapper methods:

byte[] bin = Encoding.UTF8.GetBytes("ABCDEF");

// Call Adler32() without checksum to use initial state.
uint checksum = Adler32Checksum.Adler32(bin);
Console.WriteLine("0x" + checksum.ToString("X8")); // 0x057E0196

// Call Adler32() with checksum to set as current state.
checksum = Adler32Checksum.Adler32(checksum, bin, 2, 3);
Console.WriteLine("0x" + checksum.ToString("X8")); // 0x0BD60262

// Stream can be passed to Adler32() as well as byte
using (MemoryStream ms = new MemoryStream(bin))
    checksum = Adler32Checksum.Adler32(ms);
    Console.WriteLine("0x" + checksum.ToString("X8")); // 0x057E0196


Same usage with Adler32Checksum.

To use static wrapper methods, call Crc32Checksum.Crc32() instead of Adler32Checksum.Adler32().


A stream designed to compute adler32 checksum on-the-fly.

Example of reading from AdlerStream:

using (FileStream fs = new FileStream("read.bin", FileMode.Open))
using (Adler32Stream adler = new Adler32Stream(fs))
    byte[] buffer = new byte[256];
    adler.Read(buffer, 0, 256);
    Console.WriteLine("0x" + adler.Checksum.ToString("X8"));

    adler.Read(buffer, 0, 128);
    Console.WriteLine("0x" + adler.Checksum.ToString("X8"));

Example of writing to AdlerStream:

using (FileStream fs = new FileStream("write.bin", FileMode.Create))
using (Adler32Stream adler = new Adler32Stream(fs))
    byte[] bin;

    bin = new byte[] { 0x01, 0x02, 0x03 };
    adler.Write(bin, 0, bin.Length);
    Console.WriteLine("0x" + adler.Checksum.ToString("X8")); // 0x000D0007

    bin = new byte[] { 0x04, 0x05, 0x06 };
    adler.Write(bin, 0, bin.Length);
    Console.WriteLine("0x" + adler.Checksum.ToString("X8")); // 0x003E0016


Same usage with Adler32Stream.

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