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-------------------       ---------------
| go executable   |       |  zip file   |
-------------------       ---------------
        \                        /
         --> libzipfs-combiner <-
| go executable   |  zip file   |  256-byte footer | = a new single executable with all media inside

Libzipfs lets you ship a filesystem of media resources inside your golang application. This is done by attaching a Zip file containing the directories of your choice to the end of your application, and following it with a short footer to allow the go executable to locate the files and serve them via a fuse mount point. The client will typically be either be Go or C embedded in the go executable (see for example testfiles/api.go), but can be another application altogether. For the later use, see for example the libzipfs/cmd/mountzip/mountzip.go example source code.

Use cases

  1. You have a bunch of images/scripts/files to be served from a webserving application, and you want to bundle those resources alongside your Go webapp. libzipfs lets you easily create a single executable that contains all your resources in one place.

  2. If you are using CGO to call C code, and that C code expects to be able to read files from somewhere on the filesystem, you can package up all those files, ship them with the executable, and they can be read from the fuse mountpoint -- where the C code can find and use them. For example, my project embeds R inside a Go binary, and libzipfs allows R libraries to be easily shipped all together in a single binary.


Excellent. Works well and is very useful. I only use it on OSX and Linux. On OSX you need to have OSX Fuse installed first. On Linux you'll need to either sudo yum install fuse or sudo apt-get install fuse-utils to obtain the /bin/fusermount utility.


$ go get -t -u -v
$ cd $GOPATH/src/ && make
$ ## note 1: the libzipfs-combiner and mountzip utilities are now in your $GOPATH/bin
$ ## note 2: be sure that $GOPATH/bin is added to your PATH env variable
$ ##         e.g. in your ~/.bashrc you have: export PATH=$GOPATH/bin:$PATH
$ go test -v  # to run the test suite
$ make demo   # to see the demo code run


The libzipfs library is derived from Tommi Virtanen's work, which is fantastic and provides a fuse-mounted read-only filesystem from a Zip file. The zipfs library and are doing the heavy lifting behind the scenes.

The project was inspired by and

In particular, vfsgen is a similar approach, but I needed the ability to serve files to legacy code that expects to read from a file system.

libzipfs: a fully integrated solution

Libzipfs builds on top of zipfs to allow developers the ability to assemble a "combined" file from an executable and a Zip file containing the directories you wish to have available to your application at runtime. The structure of the combined file looks like this:

| executable      |  zip file   |  256-byte footer |
^                                                  ^
byte 0                                           byte N

The embedded Zip file (the middle part in the diagram above) can then be made available via a fuse mountpoint. The Go executable will contain Go code to accomplish this. The 256-bite footer at the end of the file describes the location of the embedded zip file. The combined file is still an executable, and can be run directly.

creating a combined executable and Zip file

the libzipfs-combiner utility does this for you.

For example: assuming that my.go.binary and already exist, and you wish to create a new combo executable called my.go.binary.combo, you would do:

$ libzipfs-combiner --help
libzipfs-combiner --help
Usage of libzipfs-combiner:
  -exe string
    	path to the executable file
  -o string
    	path to the combined output file to be written (or split if -split given)
    	split the output file back apart (instead of combine which is the default)
  -zip string
    	path to the Zip file to embed

$ libzipfs-combiner --exe my.go.binary -o my.go.binary.combo -zip
api/code code inside your my.go.binary.combo binary:

type make demo and see testfiles/api.go for a full demo:

Our demo zip file testfiles/ is a simple zip file with one file hello that resides inside two nested directories:

$ unzip -Z -z testfiles/
Archive:  testfiles/   478 bytes   3 files
drwxr-xr-x  3.0 unx        0 bx stor 19-Dec-15 17:27 dirA/
drwxr-xr-x  3.0 unx        0 bx stor 19-Dec-15 17:27 dirA/dirB/
-rw-r--r--  3.0 unx       12 tx stor 19-Dec-15 17:27 dirA/dirB/hello
3 files, 12 bytes uncompressed, 12 bytes compressed:  0.0%

the go code:

package main

import (


// build instructions:
// cd libzipfs && make
// cd testfiles; go build -o api-demo api.go
// libzipfs-combiner -exe api-demo -zip -o api-demo-combo
// ./api-demo-combo

func main() {
	z, mountpoint, err := libzipfs.MountComboZip()
	if err != nil {
	defer z.Stop() // if you want to stop serving files

	// access the files from `` at mountpoint

	by, err := ioutil.ReadFile(path.Join(mountpoint, "dirA", "dirB", "hello"))
	if err != nil {
	by = bytes.TrimRight(by, "\n")
	fmt.Printf("we should see our file dirA/dirB/hello from inside, containing 'salutations'.... '%s'\n", string(by))

	if string(by) != "salutations" {
		panic("problem detected")
	fmt.Printf("Excellent: all looks good.\n")

example number 2: mountzip

The mountzip utility (see the source code in libzipfs/cmd/mountzip/mountzip.go) mounts a zip file of your choice on a directory of your choice.

$ cd $GOPATH/src/
$ make # installs the mountzip utility into $GOPATH/bin
$ mountzip -help
Usage of mountzip:
  -mnt string
    	directory to fuse-mount the Zip file on
  -zip string
    	path to the Zip file to mount
$ mkdir /tmp/hi
$ mountzip -zip testfiles/ -mnt /tmp/hi
Zip file '' mounted at directory '/tmp/hi'. [press ctrl-c to exit and unmount]


MIT license. See enclosed LICENSE file.



combiner appends a zip file to an executable and further appends a footer in the last 256 bytes that describes the combination. libzipfs will look for this footer and use it to determine where the internalized zipfile filesystem starts.

combiner appends a zip file to an executable and further appends a footer in the last 256 bytes that describes the combination. libzipfs will look for this footer and use it to determine where the internalized zipfile filesystem starts.



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const BLAKE2_HASH_LEN = 64
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const MAGIC_NUM_LEN = 16


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var GITLASTCOMMIT string // git rev-parse HEAD
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var GITLASTTAG string // git describe --abbrev=0 --tags

track git version of this lib

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var MAGIC1 = []byte("\nLibZipFs00\n")
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var MAGIC2 = []byte("\nLibZipFsEnd\n")
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var Verbose bool


func Blake2HashFile

func Blake2HashFile(path string) (hash []byte, length int64, err error)

func DirExists

func DirExists(name string) bool

func DisplayVersionAndExitIfRequested

func DisplayVersionAndExitIfRequested()

func DoCombineExeAndZip

func DoCombineExeAndZip(cfg *CombinerConfig) error

func FileExists

func FileExists(name string) bool

func FindMount

func FindMount() error

func FindMountUmount

func FindMountUmount() error

func FindUmount

func FindUmount() error

func ShouldRetry

func ShouldRetry(err error) bool

helper for reading in a loop. will panic on unknown error.

func TSPrintf

func TSPrintf(format string, a ...interface{})

time-stamped printf

func TrimTrailingSlashes

func TrimTrailingSlashes(mountpoint string) string

must trim any trailing slash from the mountpoint, or else mount can fail

func VPrintf

func VPrintf(format string, a ...interface{})

func VersionString

func VersionString() string

func WaitUntilMounted

func WaitUntilMounted(mountPoint string) error

func WaitUntilUnmounted

func WaitUntilUnmounted(mountPoint string) error


type CombinerConfig

type CombinerConfig struct {
	ExecutablePath string
	ZipfilePath    string
	OutputPath     string
	Split          bool

func (*CombinerConfig) DefineFlags

func (c *CombinerConfig) DefineFlags(fs *flag.FlagSet)

call DefineFlags before myflags.Parse()

func (*CombinerConfig) ValidateConfig

func (c *CombinerConfig) ValidateConfig() error

call c.ValidateConfig() after myflags.Parse()

type Dir

type Dir struct {
	// contains filtered or unexported fields

func (*Dir) Attr

func (d *Dir) Attr(ctx context.Context, a *fuse.Attr) error

func (*Dir) Lookup

func (d *Dir) Lookup(ctx context.Context, req *fuse.LookupRequest, resp *fuse.LookupResponse) (fs.Node, error)

func (*Dir) ReadDirAll

func (d *Dir) ReadDirAll(ctx context.Context) ([]fuse.Dirent, error)

type FS

type FS struct {
	// contains filtered or unexported fields

func (*FS) Root

func (f *FS) Root() (fs.Node, error)

type File

type File struct {
	// contains filtered or unexported fields

func (*File) Attr

func (f *File) Attr(ctx context.Context, a *fuse.Attr) error

func (*File) Open

func (f *File) Open(ctx context.Context, req *fuse.OpenRequest, resp *fuse.OpenResponse) (fs.Handle, error)

type FileHandle

type FileHandle struct {
	// contains filtered or unexported fields

func (*FileHandle) Read

func (fh *FileHandle) Read(ctx context.Context, req *fuse.ReadRequest, resp *fuse.ReadResponse) error

func (*FileHandle) Release

func (fh *FileHandle) Release(ctx context.Context, req *fuse.ReleaseRequest) error
type Footer struct {
	Reserved1          int64
	MagicFooterNumber1 [MAGIC_NUM_LEN]byte

	ExecutableLengthBytes int64
	ZipfileLengthBytes    int64
	FooterLengthBytes     int64

	ExecutableBlake2Checksum [BLAKE2_HASH_LEN]byte
	ZipfileBlake2Checksum    [BLAKE2_HASH_LEN]byte
	FooterBlake2Checksum     [BLAKE2_HASH_LEN]byte // has itself set to zero when taking the hash.

	MagicFooterNumber2 [MAGIC_NUM_LEN]byte

func DoSplitOutExeAndZip

func DoSplitOutExeAndZip(cfg *CombinerConfig) (*Footer, error)

func ReadFooter

func ReadFooter(combinedPath string) (footerStartOffset int64, ft *Footer, comb *os.File, err error)

client take responsibility for closing combFd when done with it; it is the open file handled (if err == nil) for reading from the file at combinedPath.

func ReifyFooterAndDoInexpensiveChecks

func ReifyFooterAndDoInexpensiveChecks(by []byte, combinedPath string, footerStartOffset int64) (*Footer, error)

must return err if foot is bad

func (*Footer) FillHashes

func (foot *Footer) FillHashes(cfg *CombinerConfig) error

func (*Footer) FromBytes

func (f *Footer) FromBytes(by []byte)

func (*Footer) GetFooterChecksum

func (foot *Footer) GetFooterChecksum() []byte

func (*Footer) ToBytes

func (f *Footer) ToBytes() []byte

func (*Footer) VerifyExeZipChecksums

func (foot *Footer) VerifyExeZipChecksums(cfg *CombinerConfig) (err error)

type FooterArray

type FooterArray [LIBZIPFS_FOOTER_LEN]byte

type FuseZipFs

type FuseZipFs struct {
	ZipfilePath string
	MountPoint  string

	Ready   chan bool
	ReqStop chan bool
	Done    chan bool
	// contains filtered or unexported fields

func MountComboZip

func MountComboZip() (fzfs *FuseZipFs, mountpoint string, err error)

The Main API entry point for mounting a combo file vis FUSE to make the embedded Zip file directory available. Users should call fzfs.Stop() when/if they wish to stop serving files at mountpoint.

func NewFuseZipFs

func NewFuseZipFs(zipFilePath, mountpoint string, byteOffsetToZipFileStart int64, bytesAvail int64, footerBytes int64) *FuseZipFs

Mount a possibly combined/zipfile at mountpiont. Call Start() to start servicing fuse reads.

If the file has a libzipfs footer on it, set footerBytes == LIBZIPFS_FOOTER_LEN. The bytesAvail value should describe how long the zipfile is in bytes, and byteOffsetToZipFileStart should describe how far into the (possibly combined) zipFilePath the actual zipfile starts.

func NewFuzeZipFsFromCombo

func NewFuzeZipFsFromCombo(comboFilePath string) (fzfs *FuseZipFs, mountpoint string, err error)

mount the comboFilePath file in a temp directory mountpoint created just for this purpose, and return the mountpoint and a handle to the fuse fileserver in fzfs.

func (*FuseZipFs) Start

func (p *FuseZipFs) Start() error

func (*FuseZipFs) Stop

func (p *FuseZipFs) Stop() error


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combiner appends a zip file to an executable and further appends a footer in the last 256 bytes that describes the combination.
combiner appends a zip file to an executable and further appends a footer in the last 256 bytes that describes the combination.

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