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A measure tape simplifies maximizing the number of elements which can be batched at once over a FIDL channel communication. More details on this topic are provided in the guide max out pagination.

A measure tape lets you measure the size which FIDL values will take on the wire, both in terms of number of bytes and number of handles. The measure-tape tool automatically generates code to create a measure tape for a specific target type.

For instance, Scenic has an enqueue method which takes a vector of commands. With this tool, we can generate a measure tape, i.e. code to measure each command, which the Scenic client can leverage to batch commands appropriately, and maximize throughput.

Build integration

To add a measure tape to your project, use the measure_tape template:

measure_tape("measure_tape_for_targettype") {
  target_binding = "hlcpp"
  target_types = [ "fuchsia.your.library/TargetType" ]
  fidls = [ ":fuchsia.your.library" ]

This template must be imported with import("//tools/fidl/measure-tape/measure_tape.gni").

  • target_binding key indicates what bindings to generate. Valid values are currently “hlcpp” and “rust”.

  • target_types key indicates the list of FIDL target types for which to generate a measure tape. Target types must be provided in its fully qualified form, e.g. fuchsia.ui.scenic/Command or fuchsia.mem/Buffer.

  • fidls key must list all FIDL libraries transitively reachable through the target type. For instance, the fuchsia.ui.scenic/Command requires :fuchsia.images, :fuchsia.ui.gfx, :fuchsia.ui.input, :fuchsia.ui.scenic, :fuchsia.ui.views

Using a measure tape

When constructing batches, use the measure tape to determine the size of individual elements, and aggregate this size along with the batch being constructed for transmission.

The following is a simplified example taking many Element and sending batches of vector<Element> over a hypothetical SendNext FIDL method.

The example assumes that Element contains no handles. If your data contains handles, be sure to also aggregate the handle count.

func sendInBatches(elements []Element, over YourFavoriteFidlBinding) {
	var (
		batchSize = baseBatchSize
		batch     []Element
	for _, element := range elements {
		size := Measure(element)
		if zxMaxChannelBytes < batchSize+size {
			batch = nil
			batchSize = baseBatchSize
		batch = append(batch, element)
		batchSize += size
	if len(batch) != 0 {

// sizeof(fidl_message_header_t) + sizeof(fidl_vector_t)
const baseBatchSize int = 32

An interactive verion of this example is hosted on the Go Playground.


fx set core.x64 --with //tools/fidl/measure-tape/src:host
fx build


fx measure-tape \
    -json out/default/fidling/gen/sdk/fidl/fuchsia.images/fuchsia.images.fidl.json \
    -json out/default/fidling/gen/sdk/fidl/fuchsia.ui.gfx/fuchsia.ui.gfx.fidl.json \
    -json out/default/fidling/gen/sdk/fidl/fuchsia.ui.input/fuchsia.ui.input.fidl.json \
    -json out/default/fidling/gen/sdk/fidl/fuchsia.ui.scenic/fuchsia.ui.scenic.fidl.json \
    -json out/default/fidling/gen/sdk/fidl/fuchsia.ui.views/fuchsia.ui.views.fidl.json \
    -target-types fuchsia.ui.scenic/Command \
    -target-binding hlcpp \
    -h-include-path lib/ui/scenic/cpp/commands_sizing.h \
    -out-h sdk/lib/ui/scenic/cpp/commands_sizing.h \
    -out-cc sdk/lib/ui/scenic/cpp/


fx set core.x64 --with //tools/fidl/measure-tape:tests
fx test measure-tape_test