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SDCH (Shared Dictionary Compression for HTTP) is a data compression algorithm created by Google, based on VCDIFF (RFC 3284). It was supported natively in recent versions of Google Chrome, Chromium and Android, as well as on Google websites.[1][2]

SDCH achieves its effectiveness by using pre-negotiated dictionaries to "warm up" its internal state prior to encoding or decoding. These may either be already stored locally, or uploaded from a source and then cached.

SDCH compression was removed from Google Chrome, and other Chromium products, in version 59.[3]

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  1. ^ Butler, Jon; Wei-Hsin Lee; McQuade, Bryan; Mixter, Kenneth. "A Proposal for Shared Dictionary Compression Over HTTP" (PDF). Google. 
  2. ^ "SDCH Mailing List". Google Groups. 
  3. ^ "Intent to Unship: SDCH". Google. Retrieved 2017-05-02.