LZ4 is lossless compression algorithm, providing compression speed > 500 MB/s per core, scalable with multi-cores CPU. It features an extremely fast decoder, with speed in multiple GB/s per core, typically reaching RAM speed limits on multi-core systems.
Speed can be tuned dynamically, selecting an "acceleration" factor which trades compression ratio for faster speed. On the other end, a high compression derivative, LZ4_HC, is also provided, trading CPU time for improved compression ratio. All versions feature the same decompression speed.
LZ4 is also compatible with dictionary compression, and can ingest any input file as dictionary, including those created by Zstandard Dictionary Builder. (note: only the final 64KB are used).
LZ4 library is provided as open-source software using BSD 2-Clause license.