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    ES6 iterator based, seekable read/write bit streams. Written in TypeScript, distributed in ES6.


    npm i thing-bitstream


    let bits = require("thing-bitstream");


    Uint8Array backed, bitwise output stream abstraction (big endian order). Individual word sizes can range between 1-52 bits (in practice) and are not fixed (each word can have a different size).

    The constructor accepts an optional initial Uint8Array buffer or buffer size (in bytes) and an optional write start position (in bits). The buffer will only be written to starting from the given bit position (even if in the middle of a byte). Default buffer size is 16 bytes, but the array is resized (x2) automatically each time capacity is reached.

    Note: The max. word size of 52 bits is not enforced by the library, but JS can only represent integers (w/o loss of precision) up to 2^53-1. If you're willing to accept lossy precision for larger values, technically the max. supported word width is 64 bits.

    out = new bits.BitOutputStream();
    // write 3-bit number (only the lowest 3 bits are used, here 0x05)
    out.write(0xf5, 3);
    // write 7-bit number
    out.write(0x66, 7);
    // write 32-bit number
    out.write(0xdecafbad, 32);
    // write values from given iterable (w/ fixed word size, here 16 bits)
    out.writeWords([0xaaaa, 0x5555], 16);
    // get bytes (only up to current write position)
    // Uint8Array [ 185, 183, 178, 190, 235, 106, 170, 149, 85, 64 ]

    In addition to the generic write() method, there's also the slightly faster writeBit() for writing single bits (the arg MUST be 0 or 1 only).

    Using seek(pos), the write position can be repositioned within current limits (does not attempt to resize backing buffer).


    Uint8Array backed bitwise input stream abstraction (big endian order) with optional start position and read limit (both in bits). All readers are independent instances, but if obtained from BitOutputStream will share the same backing buffer as the writer. An auto-configured input stream can be obtained via output.reader(). The class too implements the ES6 Iterator API for bitwise read access (see below), as well as a read() method to read bitfields.

    Note: Attempting to read beyond capacity will throw an EOF error.

    Using, the read position can be repositioned within stream limits.

    // get input from output stream...
    // (for reference, the ^ indicate the start of each bit field)
    // "10111001101101111011001010111110111010110110101010101010100101010101010101"
    //  ^  ^      ^                               ^               ^
    // obtain new reader
    input = out.reader();
    // sqeuentially read bit fields of varying sizes
    out.reader().readFields([3, 7, 32, 16, 16]).map(x => x.toString(16))
    // [ "5", "66", "decafbad", "aaaa", "5555" ]
    // or read fields into object
    out.reader().readStruct([["a", 3], ["b", 7], ["c", 32], ["d", 16], ["e", 16]]);
    // { a: 5, b: 102, c: 3737844653, d: 43690, e: 21845 }
    // or read a number of fixed size words (here also from given pos)
    out.reader().seek(10).readWords(4, 16).map(x=>x.toString(16));
    // [ 'deca', 'fbad', 'aaaa', '5555' ]
    src = new Uint8Array([0xf1,0xe2,0xd3,0xc4,0xb5,0xa6,0x97,0x88]);
    // create stream from bit 36
    input = new bits.BitInputStream(src, 36);;
    // 5a6
    // 9
    // 7 // or use input.readBit()
    // 1 => msb of last byte (0x88)
    // 8 => low nibble of last byte

    In addition to the generic read() method, there's also the slightly faster readBit() for reading single bits.


    Build requirements

    Building & testing this project requires Typescript 2.1+ and Mocha globally installed:

    npm i typescript mocha -g
    cd thing-bitstream
    npm up
    npm run build


    npm link mocha
    npm run test


    • Karsten Schmidt


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