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fastavro 0.9.6

Fast read/write of AVRO files


The current Python `avro` package is packed with features but dog slow.

On a test case of about 10K records, it takes about 14sec to iterate over all of
them. In comparison the JAVA `avro` SDK does it in about 1.9sec.

`fastavro` is less feature complete than `avro`, however it's much faster. It
iterates over the same 10K records in 2.9sec, and if you use it with PyPy it'll
do it in 1.5sec (to be fair, the JAVA benchmark is doing some extra JSON

If the optional C extension (generated by [Cython][cython]) is available, then
`fastavro` will be even faster. For the same 10K records it'll run in about

`fastavro` supports the following Python versions:

* Python 2.7
* Python 3.4
* Python 3.5b2
* pypy
* pypy3





import fastavro as avro

with open('weather.avro', 'rb') as fo:
reader = avro.reader(fo)
schema = reader.schema

for record in reader:



from fastavro import writer

schema = {
'doc': 'A weather reading.',
'name': 'Weather',
'namespace': 'test',
'type': 'record',
'fields': [
{'name': 'station', 'type': 'string'},
{'name': 'time', 'type': 'long'},
{'name': 'temp', 'type': 'int'},

records = [
{u'station': u'011990-99999', u'temp': 0, u'time': 1433269388},
{u'station': u'011990-99999', u'temp': 22, u'time': 1433270389},
{u'station': u'011990-99999', u'temp': -11, u'time': 1433273379},
{u'station': u'012650-99999', u'temp': 111, u'time': 1433275478},

with open('weather.avro', 'wb') as out:
writer(out, schema, records)


You can also use the `fastavro` script from the command line to dump `avro`

fastavro weather.avro

By default fastavro prints one JSON object per line, you can use the `--pretty`
flag to change this.

You can also dump the avro schema

fastavro --schema weather.avro

Here's the full command line help

usage: fastavro [-h] [--schema] [--codecs] [--version] [-p] [file [file ...]]

iter over avro file, emit records as JSON

positional arguments:
file file(s) to parse

optional arguments:
-h, --help show this help message and exit
--schema dump schema instead of records
--codecs print supported codecs
--version show program's version number and exit
-p, --pretty pretty print json


* No reader schema


As recommended by Cython, the C files output is distributed. This has the
advantage that the end user does not need to have Cython installed. However it
means that every time you change `fastavro/` you need to run

For `make` to succeed you need both python and Python 3 installed, Cython on both
of them. For `./` you'll need [virtualenv][venv].



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