bson_streaming_bson man page

Streaming_BSON — None

Reading from a Bson Stream

bson_reader_t provides a convenient API to read sequential BSON documents from a file‐descriptor or memory buffer. The bson_reader_read(3) function will read forward in the underlying stream and returna bson_t that can be inspected and iterated upon.


#include <stdio.h>
#include <bson.h>

int main (int argc, char *argv[])
   bson_reader_t *reader;
   const bson_t *doc;
   bson_error_t error;
   bool eof;

   reader = bson_reader_new_from_file ("mycollection.bson", &error);

   if (!reader) {
      fprintf (stderr, "Failed to open file.\n");
      return 1;

   while ((doc = bson_reader_read (reader, &eof))) {
      char *str = bson_as_json (doc, NULL);
      printf ("%s\n", str);
      bson_free (str);

   if (!eof) {
      fprintf (stderr, "corrupted bson document found at %u\n",
               (unsigned)bson_reader_tell (reader));

   bson_reader_destroy (reader);

   return 0;

See bson_reader_new_from_fd(3) , bson_reader_new_from_file(3) , and bson_reader_new_from_data(3) for more information.

Writing a Sequence of Bson Documents

bson_writer_t provides a convenient API to write a sequence of BSON documents to a memory buffer that can grow with realloc(3) bson_writer_begin(3) and bson_writer_end(3) functions will manage the underlying buffer while building the sequence of documents.

This could also be useful if you want to write to a network packet while serializing the documents from a higher level language, (but do so just after the packets header).


#include <stdio.h>
#include <bson.h>
#include <assert.h>

int main (int argc, char *argv[])
   bson_writer_t *writer;
   bson_t *doc;
   uint8_t *buf = NULL;
   size_t buflen = 0;
   bool r;
   int i;

   writer = bson_writer_new (&buf, &buflen, 0, bson_realloc_ctx, NULL);

   for (i = 0; i < 10000; i++) {
      r = bson_writer_begin (writer, &doc);
      assert (r);

      r = BSON_APPEND_INT32 (doc, "i", i);
      assert (r);

      bson_writer_end (writer);

   bson_free (buf);

   return 0;

See bson_writer_new(3) for more information.


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