Googlebot Supports Brotli Compression

Gary Illyes from Google has confirmed that Googlebot does indeed support Brotli . Brotli is a data format specification for data streams compressed with a specific combination of the general-purpose LZ77 lossless algorithm, Huffman coding and 2nd order context modelling. Brotli is a algorithm developed by Google and works best for text .

Gary said on Twitter he spoke with the Googlebot team and they confirmed with him that Googlebot does support this compression format.

More importantly, the tweet looked incredibly tasty:

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.

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