Sequence of 16-bit characters.
Raw binary format.
  • Import can read any file as a sequence of characters.
  • Export writes a list of characters to a file.

Import and ExportImport and Export

  • Import["file","Character16"] imports any file, returning a list of 16-bit characters.
  • Export["file",list,"Character16"] exports a list of 16-bit characters to file.
  • Import["file",{"Character16",elem}] or Import["file",elem ] imports the specified element from file.
  • Import["file",{"Character16",{elem1,elem2,}}] imports multiple elements.
  • See the reference pages for full general information on Import and Export.
  • ImportString and ExportString support the Character16 format.


  • General Import elements:
  • "Elements" elements and options available in this file
    "Rules"full rules for each element and option
    "Options"rules for options, properties, and settings
  • Data representation element:
  • "Data"list of 16-bit characters
  • By default, Import and Export use the element.
  • Import["file",{"Character16",n}] gives the n^(th) 2-byte character.


  • General option:
  • ByteOrdering-1what byte ordering to use
  • Import option:
  • "HeaderBytes"0how many bytes to skip at the beginning of the file

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Basic Examples  (1)Basic Examples  (1)

Convert a list of characters to a string representing a 16-bit character array:

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Show the character codes corresponding to the previous result:

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Convert back to a list of characters:

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Introduced in 2004
| Updated in 2007