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Smile (data interchange format)

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Filename extension
Internet media type
application/x-jackson-smile (proposed)
Magic number3a 29 ":)"
Type of formatData interchange
Extended fromJSON
Standardno RFC yet

Smile is a computer data interchange format based on JSON. It can also be considered a binary serialization of the generic JSON data model, which means tools that operate on JSON may be used with Smile as well, as long as a proper encoder/decoder exists for the tool. The name comes from the first 2 bytes of the 4 byte header, which consist of Smiley ":)" followed by a linefeed: a choice made to make it easier to recognize Smile-encoded data files using textual command-line tools.



Compared to JSON, Smile is both more compact and more efficient to process (both to read and write).[1] Part of this is due to more efficient binary encoding (similar to BSON, CBOR and UBJSON), but an additional feature is optional use of back references for property names and values. [2] Back referencing allows replacing of property names and/or short (64 bytes or less) String values with 1- or 2-byte reference ids.



Libraries known to support Smile include:

See also



  1. ^ "JVM Serializer Benchmark (results)". GitHub. Retrieved 7 Jun 2014.
  2. ^ "Shared String References in Smile". Retrieved 7 Jun 2014.