Sereal - Fast, compact, powerful binary (de-)serialization

      use Sereal qw(encode_sereal decode_sereal looks_like_sereal);

    This is an experimental module. Before using it in production, please
    get in touch with the authors!

    *Sereal* is an efficient, compact-output, binary and feature-rich
    serialization protocol. The Perl encoder is implemented as the
    Sereal::Encoder module, the Perl decoder correspondingly as
    Sereal::Decoder. They are distributed separately to allow for safe
    upgrading without downtime. (Hint: Upgrade the decoder everywhere first,
    then the encoder.)

    This "Sereal" module is a very thin wrapper around both
    "Sereal::Encoder" and "Sereal::Decoder". It depends on both and loads
    both. So if you have a user of both encoder and decoder, it is enough to
    depend on a particular version of "Sereal" and you'll get the most
    recent released versions of "Sereal::Encoder" and "Sereal::Decoder"
    whose version is smaller than or equal to the version of "Sereal" you
    depend on.

    The protocol specification and many other bits of documentation can be
    found in the github repository. Right now, the specification is at
    <>, there is
    a discussion of the design objectives in
    <>, and the
    output of our benchmarks can be seen at

    It is recommended to use the object-oriented interface of
    "Sereal::Encoder" and "Sereal::Decoder" if you care about performance.

    You can optionally import three functions from "Sereal". "encode_sereal"
    is the same function as Sereal::Encoder's "encode_sereal" function.
    "decode_sereal" and "looks_like_sereal" are the same as
    Sereal::Decoder's functions of the same names.

    After loading the "Sereal" module, both "Sereal::Encoder" and
    "Sereal::Decoder" are guaranteed to be loaded, so you can use their
    object-oriented interface.

    Steffen Mueller <>

    This module was originally developed for With approval from, this module was generalized and published on CPAN, for
    which the authors would like to express their gratitude.

    Copyright (C) 2012, 2013 by Steffen Mueller