Code Quality Rank: L1
Programming language: Java
License: Apache License 2.0
Tags: Serialization    
Latest version: v3.0.0

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  • up to 10 times faster 100% JDK Serialization compatible drop-in replacement (Ok, might be 99% ..). As an example: Lambda Serialization which came with 1.8 worked instantly.
  • Android compatible since version >= 2.17 (use FSTConfiguration.createAndroidDefaultConfiguration() both on server and client side. The configuration object has to be passed into FSTObjectIn/Output constructors)
  • OffHeap Maps, Persistent OffHeap maps
  • FSTStructs is very similar to IBM's packed objects. Difference is: You can run it with Oracle JDK today.
  • optionally en/decode any Serializable object graph to JSON (incl. shared references) (since 2.29) for interop
  • Apache 2.0 license since 2.17


Fast JDK-compatible Serialization

Json Serialization

OffHeap + Persistent Maps

MinBin cross platform binary format

Kson: a JSon extension


note: maven.org might lag 1 day behind after releasing.

3.0.0 version (requires java 14, "--add-modules jdk.incubator.foreign" option on compiler and runtime)


2.0 version (java 8)


jdk1.6 compatible build of fst 2.x


1.x version (different package name, 1.6 compatible ..). Fixes are not backported anymore, unsupported.


Who uses FST ?

I am not actively tracking use, maven.org reports more than 14000 downloads from 6000 distinct IP accesses triggered by maven builds world wide per month.

Notable also:

  • used in production in Eurex Exchange's trading back end's middleware
  • JUptr.io's distributed system / NLP engine uses FST
  • Popular Apache Wicket supplementals use FST to speed up Wicket

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how to build

  • master contains dev branch/trunk.
  • 1.x contains old version
  • The maven build should work out of the box and reproduces the artifact hosted on maven.org
  • To use the gradle build, you need to configure the proxy server in settings.properties (or just set empty if you do not sit behind a proxy).

Note that instrumentation done for fst-structs works only if debug info is turned on during compile. Reason is that generating methods at runtime with javassist fails (probably a javassist bug ..). This does not affect the serialization implementation.

JDK 1.6 Build 1.x build since v1.62 are still jdk 6 compatible

*Note that all licence references and agreements mentioned in the FST README section above are relevant to that project's source code only.