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HDF5 provides two pre-defined filters for compression (ZLIB and SZIP). All other compression methods must be registered with HDF5 before they can be used. Before formally using a third-party filter in an application, it should be registered with The HDF Group, as well. For information on how to register a user-specified compression method with The HDF Group, as well as information on compression methods that are already registered, see: Registered Third-Party Filters (Compression)

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Implementing BZIP2 Compression in HDF5

The bz_example.tar.gz file contains an example of implementing the BZIP2 filter to enable BZIP2 compression in HDF5. (This example is based on PyTables code that uses BZIP2 compression.). Download and uncompress this file as follows:

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