speedy-stdio ~wip

A faster replacement for a subset of std.stdio

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:


Note: it's a very new library in its eary days and may contain bugs, bugreports are welcome!

Do you have a program implemented in D programming language, which somehow needs to read and parse gigantic amounts of text from stdin and then write gigantic amounts of text to stdout? If the answer is "yes", then this library may be interesting for you.

Dub version Dub downloads License dmd and ldc gdc

The speedy.stdio module extends std.stdio by substituting functions write, writeln, writef and writefln with faster replacements. These replacements are optimized to handle only the most basic format variants (decimal integers and non-escaped strings), but do it very fast. They are also compatible with the @nogc attribute as an extra bonus. More complicated format variants are still handled transparently via having a fallback to std.format.write.formattedWrite for full compatibility with Phobos (but whenever such fallbacks are used, the performance and @nogc compatibility is lost).

Another bundled speedy.fakestdio module only imitates the API of std.stdio, but cuts some extra corners for additional speed. It is not thread-safe and it also assumes that it has exclusive monopoly to access stdout (doesn't play nice together with printf or with the original functions from the real std.stdio inside of the same program). Also it only imitates stdout.flush and has no support for the other methods of std.stdio.File. Use with caution! But this is good enough for use in solutions submitted to competitive programming platforms, such as Codeforces or AtCoder.


A 99 bottles of beer example code, intentionally using different varieties of functions:

dependency "speedy-stdio" version="~>0.2.0"
@safe @nogc:         // note: remove @nogc to compile with the standard "std.stdio"
import speedy.stdio; // this can be also "std.stdio" or "speedy.fakestdio"
const repeats = 1;   // change this to something much larger when benchmarking

void main() {
  foreach (i ; 0 .. repeats) {
    auto bottles(int n) { return n == 1 ? " bottle" : " bottles"; }
    foreach_reverse(n ; 1 .. 100) {
      writefln!"%d%s of beer on the wall, %d%s of beer."(n, bottles(n), n, bottles(n));
      static immutable a = ["Take", "one", "down", "and", "pass", "it", "around"];
      a.writef!"%-(%s %), ";
      if (n - 1 <= 0)
        write("no more bottles");
        write(n - 1, bottles(n - 1));
      writeln(" of beer on the wall.");
    writeln("No more bottles of beer on the wall, no more bottles of beer.");
    writeln("Go to the store and buy some more, 99 bottles of beer on the wall.");

Install the DUB package manager and run the example in a script-like fashion:

$ dub bottles.d

Or compile an optimized binary using the LDC compiler:

$ dub build --build release --single --compiler=ldc2 bottles.d


Changing "repeats" to 100000 in the "99 bottles of beer" example above and running it on a Linux system with Intel Core i7-860 @2.8GHz processor and LDC 1.30.0 compiler produces the following results (redirected to /dev/null):

used moduletest coderepeatscompilertime
std.stdio99 bottles of beer100000LDC
speedy.stdio99 bottles of beer100000LDC
speedy.fakestdio99 bottles of beer100000LDC

Another benchmark is just printing numbers from 0 to 100M on each line (redirected to /dev/null):

dependency "speedy-stdio" version="~>0.2.0"
@safe @nogc:         // note: remove @nogc to compile with the standard "std.stdio"
import speedy.stdio; // this can be also "std.stdio" or "speedy.fakestdio"

void main() {
  import std.range;
used moduletest codecompilertime
std.stdiocount to 100MLDC
speedy.stdiocount to 100MLDC
speedy.fakestdiocount to 100MLDC
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