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A Bloom filter is a hashing based data structure for maintaining a set of items in limited memory, allowing false positives but no false negatives.

This repository contains a simple but performant implementation of bloom filters in java.

See the Wikipedia page for Bloom filters.

How to use

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Usage example

import com.github.lovasoa.bloomfilter.BloomFilter;

// Create a new bloom filter optimized for containing 100 elements and using 1024 bits of memory
BloomFilter f = new BloomFilter(100, 1024);

// Add elements to the filter
// it uses Object.hashCode() internally, so you can add objects of any type

// Check if an element is in the filter
f.contains("hello"); // true
f.contains("hello, world!"); // false


Read the full javadoc of the BloomFilter class.

Implementation details


It doesn't use any fancy hash function. It uses object.hashCode() instead. You can override your objects' .hashCodemethod if you want better hashes.

No allocation

It doesn't do any allocation when adding new elements or checking if an element is present. It should thus be faster than many other implementations.


A class is provided that helps making performance measurements: It tests the implementation with a Bloom filter containing randomly generated integers.

Here are the results it gives on my laptop (Core i7-4600M CPU @ 2.90GHz) with a set of 10 million integers added to a 10 megabyte Bloom filter:

Testing a bloom filter containing n=10000000 elements in a bit array of m=80000000 bits (=9.5Mib) 

Testing correctness.
Creating a filter, a set, and filling them...
Elements incorrectly found to be inside:   215013/10000000 (2.15%)

Testing insertion speed...
Inserted 10000000 elements in 3445388006 ns.
Insertion speed: 2.90243e+06 elements/second

Testing query speed...
Queried 10000000 elements in 1537504033 ns.
Query speed: 6.50405e+06 elements/second

We see that:

  • The implementation is correct: the error rate is p=exp(-ln(2)^2 * m/n)
  • It is quite fast
    • It can insert around 2 million elements per second.
    • It can query around 6 million elements per second.


Simplistic (but fast) java implementation of a bloom filter.

Bloomfilter Info

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