What Does Zlib Mean?

Zlib is a type of compression software developed in the
mid-1990s. It is commonly used to provide more effective use of memory and
processor capability. Zlib is used in computer software as well as gaming


Techopedia Explains Zlib

Zlib works on a particular algorithm, and the idea of
encapsulation within a wrapper. It can be optimized for different types of
data. Zlib is used in Linux kernels to implement server protocols and compress files.
It is used in Apache HTTP server to implement HTTP and It is used in certain control
systems to store the contents of data objects. Zlib is also often used in
devices like the iPhone and PlayStation.


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