Googlebot Supports Brotli Compression
Gary Illyes from Google has confirmed that Googlebot does indeed support Brotli compression. Brotli is a data format specification for data streams compressed with a specific combination of the general-purpose LZ77 lossless compression algorithm, Huffman coding and 2nd order context modelling. Brotli is a compression algorithm developed by Google and works best for text compression.
More importantly, the tweet looked incredibly tasty:
Who asked me a few weeks ago whether Googlebot supports brotli compression?
I just had a meeting with the Googlebot team and … it does. pic.twitter.com/hsyxExg7mW
— Gary 鯨理／경리 Illyes (@methode) August 31, 2020
Brotli is fairly new, it was initially released on October 15, 2013, with a stable release only on October 28, 2018. You can learn more about it on Github.
Forum discussion at Twitter.