ZLIB DATA COMPRESSION LIBRARY
zlib 1.2.5 is a general purpose data compression library. All the code is thread safe. The data format used by the zlib library is described by RFCs (Request for Comments) 1950 to 1952 in the files http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc1950.txt (zlib format), rfc1951.txt (deflate format) and rfc1952.txt (gzip format).
All functions of the compression library are documented in the file zlib.h (volunteer to write man pages welcome, contact firstname.lastname@example.org). A usage example of the library is given in the file example.c which also tests that the library is working correctly. Another example is given in the file minigzip.c. The compression library itself is composed of all source files except example.c and minigzip.c.
To compile all files and run the test program, follow the instructions given at the top of Makefile.in. In short "./configure; make test", and if that goes well, "make install" should work for most flavors of Unix. For Windows, use one of the special makefiles in win32/ or contrib/vstudio/ . For VMS, use make_vms.com.
Questions about zlib should be sent to email@example.com, or to Gilles Vollant firstname.lastname@example.org for the Windows DLL version. The zlib home page is http://zlib.net/ . Before reporting a problem, please check this site to verify that you have the latest version of zlib; otherwise get the latest version and check whether the problem still exists or not.
PLEASE read the zlib FAQ http://zlib.net/zlib_faq.html before asking for help.
Mark Nelson email@example.com wrote an article about zlib for the Jan. 1997 issue of Dr. Dobb's Journal; a copy of the article is available at http://marknelson.us/1997/01/01/zlib-engine/ .
The changes made in version 1.2.5 are documented in the file ChangeLog.
Unsupported third party contributions are provided in directory contrib/ .
zlib is available in Java using the java.util.zip package, documented at http://java.sun.com/developer/technicalArticles/Programming/compression/ .
A Perl interface to zlib written by Paul Marquess firstname.lastname@example.org is available at CPAN (Comprehensive Perl Archive Network) sites, including http://search.cpan.org/~pmqs/IO-Compress-Zlib/ .
A Python interface to zlib written by A.M. Kuchling email@example.com is available in Python 1.5 and later versions, see http://www.python.org/doc/lib/module-zlib.html .
zlib is built into tcl: http://wiki.tcl.tk/4610 .
An experimental package to read and write files in .zip format, written on top of zlib by Gilles Vollant firstname.lastname@example.org, is available in the contrib/minizip directory of zlib.
Notes for some targets:
The deflate format used by zlib was defined by Phil Katz. The deflate and zlib specifications were written by L. Peter Deutsch. Thanks to all the people who reported problems and suggested various improvements in zlib; they are too numerous to cite here.
(C) 1995-2010 Jean-loup Gailly and Mark Adler
This software is provided 'as-is', without any express or implied warranty. In no event will the authors be held liable for any damages arising from the use of this software.
Permission is granted to anyone to use this software for any purpose, including commercial applications, and to alter it and redistribute it freely, subject to the following restrictions:
Jean-loup Gailly Mark Adler email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
If you use the zlib library in a product, we would appreciate *not* receiving lengthy legal documents to sign. The sources are provided for free but without warranty of any kind. The library has been entirely written by Jean-loup Gailly and Mark Adler; it does not include third-party code.
If you redistribute modified sources, we would appreciate that you include in the file ChangeLog history information documenting your changes. Please read the FAQ for more information on the distribution of modified source versions.