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RaptorQ RFC6330 C++11 implementation

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stable release: v0.1.10

Note: v0.1.10 is not compatible with prefivous versions, which were not RFC compliant!

current release: v1.0.0-rc1

RaptorQ is a Forward Error Correction algorithm designed to deliver your data efficiently and without retransmissions for lost packets.

After sending K packets of your data as-is, RaptorQ generates as many repair symbols as you need. Once the receiver has at least K symbols, be it the source symbols, repair symbols or any combination of the two, it can reconstruct the whole input it was meant to receive.

This is called a Fountain code, and RaptorQ is the latest and most efficient code in this category.

libRaptorQ implements RFC6330, which specifies the RaptorQ algorithm.
Since the RFC is really complex, there is also a simpler (and maybe slightly faster) RAW API that you can use. The RFC API is not recommended due to the RFC complexity.

libRaptorQ is a header-only library written in C++11, and uses eigen to handle matrix manipulation.
Although header-only, the library can be compiled to create shared and static libraries with both C and C++98 compatibility.

Currently it's only been tested under Linux, but should work well under *BSD and MacOSX, too.

Unfortunately Windows is not supported. support for is broken, so you can not compile it with Visual Studio 2015.


  • RFC6330 API (complex, not recommended)
  • RAW API (simpler, recommended)
  • multi language:
    • header only C++11
    • compiled, C
    • compiled, C++98
  • cached precomputations (configurable)


See the CONTRIBUTING file.

The Source Code

Although things seems to work, no stable release has been released yet.

This means you can only check this out with git.

to check out the repository:

$ git clone

you can also get it from our main server:

$ git clone

GPG source check

Once you have cloned it, it's always a good thing to check the repository gpg signatures, so you can import my key with:

new long term key: 7393 DAD2 55BE B575 1DBD A04A B11C D823 BA27 8C85
$ gpg --keyserver --recv-key 7393DAD255BEB5751DBDA04AB11CD823BA278C85
2016 key:
$ gpg --keyserver --recv-key F61F6137
2015 key:
$ gpg --keyserver --recv-key D42DDF0A

please check the full fingerprint.

Now you have the source, and the key, it's enough to check the signature of the last commit:

$ git log -n 1 --show-signature

As long as you got the right key, and you find the "gpg: Goog signature", you can be sure you have the right code.



libRaptorQ depends from Eigen3 and LZ4
In case your system does not have Eigen3, Eigenv3.2.8 is included in the source files, so you do not need it.
LZ4 is included as a git submodule, so if you do not have it, run:
git submodule init
git submodule update
To get the library, which will be statically linked and NOT INSTALLED on your system.


The build system uses CMake. So enter the source directory and we'll create a directory and build everything there:

$ mkdir build
$ cd build

$ cmake -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release ../

$ make -j 4

Optional targets are available:
$ make tests examples docs

  • tests: benchmarks, rfc tests.
  • examples: C/C++ examples
  • docs: LATEX documentation.

or simply:
$ make -j 4 everything

finally, install everything
$ make install

libRaptorQ uses deterministic (reproducible) builds, so if you compile it twice, or on two different computers (but with the same compiler), the hash of the resulting libraries will be the same.

There are combinations of compiler and LTO/Profiling that break deterministic builds, so check the cmake warnings.

You can customize the CMake build with the following variables:

PROFILING   ON/OFF: Default:ON. Activate or deactivate profiling.
                Profiling compiles everything, then runs a test to see
                which code paths are more used. Then it recompiles everything
                but optimizing for for those code paths.
                Only for gcc/clang.
LTO         ON/OFF: Default:ON. Activate or deactivate Link time Optimization
                Makes the library smaller and better optimized.
                Only for gcc/clang.
CLANG_STDLIB ON/OFF: Default:OFF. use clang's libc++
                Note: only clang can use its standard library
USE_LZ4     ON/OFF: use the lz4 compression for caching precomputations.
                Default: ON
CLI         ON/OFF Build Command Line Interface tools.
CMAKE_C_COMPILER    gcc, clang...
CMAKE_CXX_COMPILER  choose between g++ or clang++.
RQ_LINKER   gold/ld/bsd Choose your linker. Default:autodetect.
CMAKE_BUILD_TYPE    Debug,MinSizeRel,Release,RelWithDebInfo
CMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX Default: /usr/local

Using libRaptorQ

For the C++11, header-only version, you can include:

  • "RaptorQ/RaptorQ_v1_hdr.hpp"
  • "RaptorQ/RFC6330_v1_hdr.hpp"

For the linked, C+98/C++11 API:

  • "RaptorQ/RaptorQ_v1.hpp"
  • "RaptorQ/RFC6330_v1.hpp"

For the linked, C API:

  • "RaptorQ/RaptorQ.h"
  • "RaptorQ/RFC6330.h"

The C++ api is completely in sync between the linked and header-only version, so you can switch between the two just by changing the included header file.

You can compile a PDF of the documentation by doing:
$ make docs

Or you can simply visit the wiki for the full up-to-date documentation.

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