ANN: bcolz 1.0.0 (final) released

Francesc Alted faltet at
Thu Apr 7 08:45:52 EDT 2016

Announcing bcolz 1.0.0 final

What's new

Yeah, 1.0.0 is finally here.  We are not introducing any exciting new
feature (just some optimizations and bug fixes), but bcolz is already 6
years old and it implements most of the capabilities that it was
designed for, so I decided to release a 1.0.0 meaning that the format is
declared stable and that people can be assured that future bcolz
releases will be able to read bcolz 1.0 data files (and probably much
earlier ones too) for a long while.  Such a format is fully described

Also, a 1.0.0 release means that bcolz 1.x series will be based on
C-Blosc 1.x series (  After C-Blosc
2.x ( would be out, a new bcolz 2.x is
expected taking advantage of shiny new features of C-Blosc2 (more
compressors, more filters, native variable length support and the
concept of super-chunks), which should be very beneficial for next bcolz

Important: this is a final release and there are no important known bugs
there, so this is recommended to be used in production.  Enjoy!

For a more detailed change log, see:

For some comparison between bcolz and other compressed data containers,

specially chapters 3 (in-memory containers) and 4 (on-disk containers).

Also, if it happens that you are in Madrid during this weekend, you can
drop by my tutorial and talk:

See you!

What it is

*bcolz* provides columnar and compressed data containers that can live
either on-disk or in-memory.  Column storage allows for efficiently
querying tables with a large number of columns.  It also allows for
cheap addition and removal of column.  In addition, bcolz objects are
compressed by default for reducing memory/disk I/O needs. The
compression process is carried out internally by Blosc, an
extremely fast meta-compressor that is optimized for binary data. Lastly,
high-performance iterators (like ``iter()``, ``where()``) for querying
the objects are provided.

bcolz can use numexpr internally so as to accelerate many vector and
query operations (although it can use pure NumPy for doing so too).
numexpr optimizes the memory usage and use several cores for doing the
computations, so it is blazing fast.  Moreover, since the carray/ctable
containers can be disk-based, and it is possible to use them for
seamlessly performing out-of-memory computations.

bcolz has minimal dependencies (NumPy), comes with an exhaustive test
suite and fully supports both 32-bit and 64-bit platforms.  Also, it is
typically tested on both UNIX and Windows operating systems.

Together, bcolz and the Blosc compressor, are finally fulfilling the
promise of accelerating memory I/O, at least for some real scenarios:

Other users of bcolz are Visualfabriq ( ,
( and Scikit-Allel ( which you can read more about by
pointing your browser at the links below.

* Visualfabriq:

  * *bquery*, A query and aggregation framework for Bcolz:

* Quantopian:

  * Using compressed data containers for faster backtesting at scale:

* Scikit-Allel

  * Provides an alternative backend to work with compressed arrays


Visit the main bcolz site repository at:


Home of Blosc compressor:

User's mail list:
bcolz at

License is the new BSD:

Release notes can be found in the Git repository:


  **Enjoy data!**

Francesc Alted

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