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Serialize thrift models into bytes with optional compression




Thrift Serializer

  • 2.11: Maven Central
  • 2.12: Maven Central

A library for serializing a thrift model into bytes.

How to use

  • Add the library as a depency by adding
"" %% "thrift-serializer" % "1.1.1"

to your applications libraryDepencies.

  • You can then use ThriftSerializer in your application:

object myObject extends ThriftSerializer {

  def myMethod(thriftObject: MyThriftObject): Unit = {
    val bytes = serializeToBytes(thriftObject)
    //Do something with bytes
  • You can use the ThriftDeserializer like this:

MyDeserializer.deserialize(buffer).map(myEvent => {
  // process the event

def myMethod(thriftObject: MyThriftObject): Unit = {
  val bytes = serializeToBytes(thriftObject)
  //Do something with bytes

If there is no compression type recorded in the bytes you wish to deserialize or if you don't want these to be included when serializing a thrift object, you can set the last arguments of the function calls to true. They are false by default.

MyDeserializer.deserialize(buffer, true).map(myEvent => {
    // process the event
def myMethod(thriftObject: MyThriftObject, true): Unit = {
  val bytes = serializeToBytes(thriftObject)
  //Do something with bytes

How to publish

  • The library is published to Maven Central. To publish, register to Sonatype and get added to Guardian projects.

  • Run sbt release. You will be asked about what version you want the release to be during the release process, you do not have to update it manually.

Node JS

  • Install using npm
npm install --save thrift-serializer

in your application or lambda you can decode messages

var Message = require('your-thrift-model');
var serializer = require('thrift-serializer');, bytes, function (err, msg) {

or encode them

var Message = require('your-thrift-model');
var serializer = require('thrift-serializer');

var message = new Message({
	someData: ''

serializer.write(message, serializer.Compression.Gzip, function (err, bytes) {
	// do something with your bytes, e.g. convert the buffer into a base64 string