sbin 0.7.1

Simple binary [de]serialize

To use this package, run the following command in your project's root directory:

Manual usage
Put the following dependency into your project's dependences section:

Simple binary [de]serialize

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Library provides functions for simple serialize and deserialize data:

You can serialize/deserialize numbers, arrays, enums, structs and combinations of those.


void sbinSerialize(R, Ts...)(ref R r, auto ref const Ts vals) if (isOutputRange!(R, ubyte) && Ts.length)

Call put(r, <data>) for all fields in vals recursively.

Do not allocate memory if you use range with @nogc put.

ubyte[] sbinSerialize(T)(auto ref const T val)

Uses inner appender!(ubyte[]).

void sbinDeserialize(R, Target...)(R range, ref Target target) if (isInputRange!R && is(Unqual!(ElementType!R) == ubyte))

Fills target from range bytes

Can throw:

  • SBinDeserializeEmptyRangeException then try read empty range
  • SBinDeserializeException then after deserialize input range is not empty

Exception messages builds with gc (~ is used for concatenate).

Allocate memory if deserialize:

  • strings
  • associative arrays
  • dynamic array if target length is not equal length from input bytes
Target sbinDeserialize(Target, R)(R range)

Creates Unqual!Target ret, fill it and return.

Key points

  • only dynamic arrays (associative arrays too) has variable length, all other types has fixed size


// All enums serialize as numbers
enum Color
    black = "#000000",
    red = "#ff0000",
    green = "#00ff00",
    blue = "#0000ff",
    white = "#ffffff"

struct Foo
    ulong a;
    float b, c;
    ushort d;
    string str;
    Color color;
    @sbinSkip int local = 42;

const foo1 = Foo(10, 3.14, 2.17, 8, "s1",;

//                 a              b            c       d
const foo1Size = ulong.sizeof + float.sizeof * 2 + ushort.sizeof +
//         str                      color
        (1 + foo1.str.length) + ubyte.sizeof;
// length of dynamic arrays packed to variable length uint

// color is ubyte because [EnumMembers!Color].length < ubyte.max

const foo1Data = foo1.sbinSerialize; // used inner appender

assert(foo1Data.length == foo1Size);

// deserialization return instance of Foo
assert(foo1Data.sbinDeserialize!Foo == foo1);

const foo2 = Foo(2, 2.22, 2.22, 2, "str2",;

const foo2Size = ulong.sizeof + float.sizeof * 2 + ushort.sizeof +
                    (1 + foo2.str.length) + ubyte.sizeof;

enum Level { low, medium, high }

struct Bar
    ulong a;
    float b;
    Level level;
    Foo[] foos;

auto bar = Bar(123, 3.14, Level.high, [ foo1, foo2 ]);

//                   a               b          level
const barSize = ulong.sizeof + float.sizeof + ubyte.sizeof +
//                           foos
                (ubyte.sizeof + foo1Size + foo2Size);

assert(bar.sbinSerialize.length == barSize);

Skipping fields

If a field in a struct has the @sbinSkip attribute, the field will not be serialized. Upon deserialization the field will have the value of the static initializer if there is one, or .init otherwise.

Variable length integers

You can use vlint and vluint. They are long and ulong under the hood. Minimal count of bytes that they need is 1: for vlint it will be for values [-63, 64], for vluint for [0, 127]. Maximum count of bytes is 10 for values near the limit of long and ulong.

Custom [de]serialization algorithm

Add to your type Foo:

  • T sbinCustomRepr() @property const where T is serializable representation of Foo, what can be used for full restore data
  • static Foo sbinFromCustomRepr()(auto ref const T repr) what returns is new instance for your deserialization type

Tagged algebraics

See taggedalgebraic example and mir.algebraic example.

Types that can't be changed

For example std.bitmanip.BitArray has pointer, std.datetime.SysTime has class field TimeZone. They can't be serialized automaticaly. For solving this problem you can use representation handlers.

Representation handler is simple struct with sbinReprHandler enum field and static methods, two methods for one wrapped type: repr for get representation, fromRepr for get original type.


struct RH
    // need for detecting representation handlers
    enum sbinReprHandler;


    // representation must can be [de]serialized
    static struct BAW { vluint bc; void[] data; }

    // this method must get const original value
    BAW repr(const BitArray ba) { return BAW(vluint(ba.length), cast(void[])ba.dup); }
    BitArray fromRepr(BAW w) { return BitArray(, w.bc); }

    long repr(const SysTime t) { return t.toUTC.stdTime; }
    SysTime fromRepr(long r) { return SysTime(r, UTC()); }

struct Foo
    string name;
    BitArray bits;
    SysTime tm;

auto foo = Foo("bar", BitArray([1,0,1]), Clock.currTime);

const foo_bytes = sbinSerialize!RH(foo);

auto foo2 = sbinDeserialize!(RH, Foo)(foo_bytes);

assert (foo == foo2);



Unions serializes/deserializes as static byte array without analyze elements (size of union is size of max element).

If you want use arrays or strings in unions you must implement custom [de]serialize methods or use tagged algebraic


Not supported. See Tagged algebraics if you need variablic types.


Can't automatic [de]serialize pointers data. For arrays use builtin arrays. For struct and class types see custom serialization.

Code versions

If you want use sbin for message passing between applications you must use strictly identical types (one source code), because struct fields are not marked (deserialization relies solely on information from type) and any change in code (swap fields, change fields type, change enum values list) must be accompanied by recompilation of all applications.

Immutable and const

Deserialize works after initialization of object and const or immutable fields are can't be setted.

Inderect fields

If struct have two arrays

struct Foo
    ubyte[] a, b;

and these arrays point to one memory

auto arr = cast(ubyte[])[1,2,3,4,5,6];
auto foo = Foo(arr, arr[0,2]);
assert (foo.a.ptr == foo.b.ptr);

then they will be serialized separated and after deserialize will be point to different memory parts

auto foo2 = foo.sbinSerialize.sbinDeserialize!Foo;
assert (foo2.a.ptr != foo.b.ptr);


Classes must have custom serialize methods, otherwise they can't be serialized.

class Foo
    ulong id;
    this(ulong v) { id = v; }

    ulong sbinCustomRepr() const @property
        return id;

    // must be static
    static Foo sbinFromCustomRepr(ulong v)
        return new Foo(v);
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