Install Zstandard Fast Linux Compression Tool on CentOS, RHEL and Ubuntu

by Sandy

In this tutorial we’ll install Zstandard – zstd on Linux Distros and Servers, zstd will compress and decompress file very quickly and the size of compressed file will be smaller than any other compression tool.

Zstandard is a real-time compression algorithm, providing high compression ratios. It offers a very wide range of compression / speed trade-off, while being backed by a very fast decoder (see benchmarks below). It also offers a special mode for small data, called dictionary compression, and can create dictionaries from any sample set. Zstandard library is provided as open source software using a BSD license.


Install zstandard :-

Centos/RHEL :

yum install zstd

Ubuntu/Debian :

apt-get install zstd

Install Latest version of zstd from source :

Installing required packages for building from from source :-

Centos/RHEL :

yum groupinstall "Development Tools"

Ubuntu/Debian :

apt-get install build-essential

Now install zstd from source :

wget https://github.com/facebook/zstd/archive/dev.zip
unzip dev.zip
cd zstd-dev
make install

Command usage :

check version for zstd :

zstd --version

Use zst followed by the filename to compress. This will create a compressed file with appending .zst extension to the original filename.

zstd yourfile

To specify the output compressed with your file name use with -o flag:

zstd yourfile -o newfilename.zst

To uncompress the file which is compressed with zstandard use with  -d flag:

zstd -d yourfile.zst
or
unzstd yourfile.zst

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