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Rust port of Laszip compression. of the LAS format

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Implementation or rather, translation of LAZ (laszip compression) format in Rust.

The goal of this project is to be a port of the Laszip compression, allowing LAS readers to be able to read / write LAZ data, but not a fully featured LAS reader.

If you want a user friendly Rust LAS reader, las-rs is what you are looking for. las-rs can use laz-rs to manage LAZ data by enabling the laz feature of the las-rs crate.

Original Implementations:

Minimal Rust version: 1.40.0

Running benches

cargo bench --features benchmarks


Port of the Martin Isenburg's laszip compression to Rust

LasZipCompressor and LasZipDecompressor are the two types that user wishing to compress and / or decompress LAZ data should use.

LasZipCompressor Examples

use laz::{LasZipError, LasZipCompressor, LazItemType, LazItemRecordBuilder};

// Here we use a Cursor but a std::fs::File will work just fine
let mut compressed_output = std::io::Cursor::new(vec![]);

// LazItem may have multiple versions of the compression algorithm
// the builder selects a default one
let items = LazItemRecordBuilder::new()
let mut compressor = LasZipCompressor::from_laz_items(&mut compressed_output, items)?;

let point = vec![0u8; 26];
compressor.done()?; // don't forget to call done when you are...done compressing

LasZipCompressors can also be contructed from a LazVlr if you need to change the Chunk size or if you have the LazVlr from the orignal LAZ file that you want to write back

use laz::{LasZipError, LasZipCompressor, LazItemType, LazItemRecordBuilder, LazVlrBuilder};

let mut compressed_output = std::io::Cursor::new(vec![]);
let items = LazItemRecordBuilder::new()
let vlr = LazVlrBuilder::from_laz_items(items)

let mut compressor = LasZipCompressor::new(&mut compressed_output, vlr)?;

let point = vec![0u8; 26];

To create a LasZipDecompressor you need to have the record_data found in the LAZ file.

LasZipDecompressor Examples

use laz::{LasZipError, LazVlr, LasZipDecompressor};
use std::fs::File;

let mut laz_file = File::open("tests/data/point10.laz")?;
seek_to_start_of_laszip_record_data(&mut laz_file)?;

let vlr = LazVlr::read_from(&mut laz_file)?;
let mut decompression_output = vec![0u8; vlr.items_size() as usize];
let mut decompressor = LasZipDecompressor::new(&mut laz_file, vlr)?;

let mut ground_truth = vec![0u8; decompression_output.len()];
read_first_point("tests/data/point10.las", &mut ground_truth)?;

decompressor.decompress_one(&mut decompression_output)?;
assert_eq!(&decompression_output, &ground_truth);


This crates has an optional feature 'parallel'. When using this feature, additional Par structs and par_ methods are exposed.