ryu 0.2.0

Fast floating point to string conversion

Ryū Build Status

Pure Rust implementation of Ryū, an algorithm to quickly convert floating point numbers to decimal strings.

The PLDI'18 paper Ryū: fast float-to-string conversion by Ulf Adams includes a complete correctness proof of the algorithm. The paper is available under the creative commons CC-BY-SA license.

This Rust implementation is a line-by-line port of Ulf Adams' implementation in C, https://github.com/ulfjack/ryu. The ryu::raw module exposes exactly the API and formatting of the C implementation as unsafe pure Rust functions. There is additionally a safe API as demonstrated in the example code below. The safe API uses the same underlying Ryū algorithm but diverges from the formatting of the C implementation to produce more human-readable output, for example 0.3 rather than 3E-1.

Requirements: this crate supports any compiler version back to rustc 1.15; it uses nothing from the Rust standard library so is usable from no_std crates.

ryu = "0.2"


extern crate ryu;

fn main() {
    let mut buffer = ryu::Buffer::new();
    let printed = buffer.format(1.234);
    assert_eq!(printed, "1.234");


You can run upstream's benchmarks with:

$ git clone https://github.com/ulfjack/ryu c-ryu
$ cd c-ryu
$ bazel run -c opt //ryu/benchmark

And our benchmarks with:

$ git clone https://github.com/ulfjack/ryu rust-ryu
$ cd rust-ryu
$ cargo run --example benchmark --release

These benchmarks measure the average time to print a 32-bit float and average time to print a 64-bit float, where the inputs are distributed as uniform random bit patterns 32 and 64 bits wide.

The upstream C code, the unsafe direct Rust port, and the safe pretty Rust API all perform the same, taking around 21 nanoseconds to format a 32-bit float and 31 nanoseconds to format a 64-bit float.


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