This library provides a first-in-first-out interface for raw bytes. Its interface is similar to file handles, having read and write methods. It is similar to util.queue but deals with raw bytes instead of arbitrary objects.

An example:

local ringbuffer = require"util.ringbuffer";
local buf = ringbuffer.new(1024); -- defaults to page size, probably 4096 bytes
print(buf:size()) --> size of the buffer: 1024
print(buf:write("hello")) --> 5 bytes written
print(buf:read(5)) --> hello

Module reference


Creates a new ringbuffer capable of holding size bytes.


:read(length, peek)

Returns the next length bytes from the buffer. If peek is true, then the bytes will stay in the buffer.


Writes the bytes from string into the buffer. On success, the number of bytes written are returned. If there is not enough free space in the buffer, then nil is returned.


Returns the total size of the buffer, same as given to new()


Returns the number of bytes currently added to the buffer. The # operator also returns this.


Returns the number of bytes that can be written to the buffer before it becomes full. Essentially buf:size() - buf:length().


Searches for the string needle in the buffer, and returns the distance to the first match, or nil if no match is found.


Searches for, and returns data until and including the next instance of the string needle in the buffer.

:byte(a[, b])

Equivalent to Lua’s string.byte. Returns the value of the byte at index ‘a’ as a number. If ‘b’ is supplied, returns multiple values for each byte in the range a to b, where the indices are treated as in string.sub.

:sub(a[, b])

Equivalent to Lua’s string.sub. Returns a substring selected by the a and b parameters, interpreted according to the same rules as Lua’s string.sub.


Consumes length bytes from the buffer without returning them.