How to Compile Brotli from Source on CentOS 7

Brotli is a generic-purpose lossless compression algorithm that compresses data using a combination of a modern variant of the LZ77 algorithm, Huffman coding, and 2nd order context modeling, with a compression ratio comparable to the best currently available general-purpose compression methods. It is similar in speed with deflate but offers more dense compression. It is open-sourced under the MIT License. You can browse its source code on Github. The specification of the Brotli Compressed Data Format is defined in RFC 7932This tutorial shows how to compile Brotli compression library from source on CentOS 7 system.

Requirements

  • CentOS 7 system.
  • Non-root user with sudo access.

Initial steps

Check the CentOS version:

cat /etc/centos-release
# CentOS Linux release 7.6.1810 (Core)

Set up the timezone:

timedatectl list-timezones
sudo timedatectl set-timezone 'Region/City'

Update your operating system packages:

sudo yum update -y

Build Brotli

Install build tools and packages necessary to build Brotli:

sudo yum install -y wget gcc make bc sed autoconf automake libtool git tree

Clone Brotli repository:

git clone https://github.com/google/brotli.git

Navigate to Brotli source tree directory:

cd brotli

Create a manual page for Brotli command:

sudo cp ~/brotli/docs/brotli.1 /usr/share/man/man1 && sudo gzip /usr/share/man/man1/brotli.1

Check the man page:

man brotli

To generate Autotools configure file run ./bootstrap command first:

./bootstrap

After the above command, you should have access to the usual C program build steps: configure, make and make install available.

For help, you can run ./configure --help command. Now we are ready to build Brotli with the following instructions.

The basic commands to build and install brotli are:

./configure --prefix=/usr \
            --bindir=/usr/bin \
            --sbindir=/usr/sbin \
            --libexecdir=/usr/lib64/brotli \
            --libdir=/usr/lib64/brotli \
            --datarootdir=/usr/share \
            --mandir=/usr/share/man/man1 \
            --docdir=/usr/share/doc

make
sudo make install

After the successful build process, you can check Brotli version:

brotli --version
# brotli 1.0.7

To see help about brotli command, you can run:

brotli -h
Share this page:

Suggested articles

0 Comment(s)

Add comment