Crate byte_io [] [src]

byte-io: a simple crate for read/write numbers to/from binary.

This crate only contains 4 functions:

  • write_be: write number to big-endian slice.

  • read_be: read number from big-endian slice.

  • write_le: write number to little-endian slice.

  • read_le: read number from little-endian slice.


Read from a slice is simple:

use byte_io::*;

fn main() {
    let data = [0x00, 0x00, 0x01, 0x01, 0xAB, 0xCD, 0xEF, 0x89];
    assert_eq!(read_be::<u32>(&data), 0x0101);
    assert_eq!(read_be::<u16>(&data[4..]), 0xABCD);
    assert_eq!(read_le::<u16>(&data[4..]), 0xCDAB);
    assert_eq!(read_le::<u8>(&data[4..]), 0xAB);

Write is also easy:

use byte_io::*;

fn main() {
    let mut buf = [0u8;8];
    write_be(&0xABCDEFu32, &mut buf);
    assert_eq!(buf, [0x00, 0xAB, 0xCD, 0xEF, 0x00, 0x00, 0x00, 0x00]);
    write_le(&0xABCDEFu32, &mut buf[4..]);
    assert_eq!(buf, [0x00, 0xAB, 0xCD, 0xEF, 0xEF, 0xCD, 0xAB, 0x00]);

Moreover, you can even read/write Vec<T>:

use byte_io::*;

fn main() {
    let mut buf = [0u8;8];
    let data = vec![0x1234u16,0x5678u16];
    write_le(&data, &mut buf);
    assert_eq!(buf, [0x34, 0x12, 0x78, 0x56, 0x00, 0x00, 0x00, 0x00]);
    assert_eq!(data, read_le::<Vec<u16>>(&buf[0..4]));
    let u32_vec = read_be::<Vec<u32>>(&buf[4..]);
    assert_eq!(u32_vec.len(), 1);
    assert_eq!(u32_vec.first(), Some(&0));

The following code also works:

use byte_io::*;

fn main() {
    let buf = [0xAA, 0xBB, 0xCC, 0xDD];
    assert_eq!(u32::from_u8_be(&buf), 0xAABBCCDD);

Implementation Details

byte-io does NOT focus on efficiency, which means that it may be slow while handling big streams (e.g. hundreds of Mbytes or more).

Generally speaking, byte-io implements the two traits for numbers: Readable and Writeable. Every type implements these two traits can be deceded/enceded from binary stream.



Any type implementing Readable can be decoded from binary.


Any type implementing Writeable can be encoded from binary.



read a number from stream as big-endian.


read a number from stream as big-endian.


write a number to stream as big-endian.


write a number to stream as little-endian.