MMKV v1.2.0 Release Notes

Release Date: 2020-06-30 // over 2 years ago
  • v1.2.0 / 2020-06-30

    This is the second major version of MMKV. Everything you call is the same as the last version, while almost everything underneath has been improved.

    • ⬇️ Reduce Memory Footprint. We used to cache all key-values in a dictionary for efficiency. From now on we store the offset of each key-value inside the mmap-memory instead, reducing memory footprint by almost half for (non-encrypt) MMKV. And the accessing efficiency is almost the same as before. As for encrypted MMKV, we can't simply store the offset of each key-value, the relative encrypt info needs to be stored as well. That will be too much for small key-values. We only store such info for large key-values (larger than 256B).
    • 👌 Improve Writeback Efficiency. Thanks to the optimization above, we now can implement writeback by simply calling memmove() multiple times. Efficiency is increased and memory consumption is down.
    • ⚡️ Optimize Small Key-Values. Small key-values of encrypted MMKV are still cached in memory, as all the old versions did. From now on, the struct MMBuffer will try to store small values in the stack instead of in the heap, saving a lot of time from malloc() & free(). In fact, all primitive types will be store in the stack memory.

    👍 All of the improvements above are available to all supported platforms. Here are the additional changes for each platform.

    🍎 iOS / macOS

    • ⚡️ Optimize insert & delete. Especially for inserting new values to existing keys , or deleting keys. We now use the UTF-8 encoded keys in the mmap-memory instead of live encoding from keys, cutting the cost of string encoding conversion.
    • 🛠 Fix Xcode compile error on some projects.
    • ⬇️ Drop the support of iOS 8. thread_local is not available on iOS 8. We choose to drop support instead of working around because iOS 8's market share is considerably small.

    POSIX

    • ⬆️ It's known that GCC before 5.0 doesn't support C++17 standard very well. You should upgrade to the latest version of GCC to compile MMKV.