PCX (.pcx)

  • Import and Export fully support Version 5 of the PCX format.


    Common MIME types: application/pcx, image/pcx
    Paintbrush PCX format.
    Raster image format.
    Legacy format used on Microsoft DOS.
    Binary format.
    Compresses image data using run-length encoding after restriction to a color map.
    Can also store true color raster images.
    Developed by ZSoft as part of the PC Paintbrush application.

Import and ExportImport and Export

  • Import["file.pcx"] imports a PCX file, returning an Image object.
  • Import["file.pcx",elem] imports the specified element from a PCX file.
  • The import format can be specified with Import["file","PCX"] or Import["file",{"PCX",elem,}].
  • Export["file.pcx",expr] exports an image, graphics, or any other expression as a raster image to PCX.
  • When exporting Wolfram Language graphics or arbitrary expressions to PCX, the resulting image has the same raster size as its displayed form.
  • Because PCX is a raster image format, all fonts are rasterized on export.
  • See the reference pages for full general information on Import and Export.
  • ImportString and ExportString support the PCX format.


  • General Import elements:
  • "Elements" list of elements and options available in this file
    "Rules"full list of rules for each element and option
    "Options"list of rules for options, properties, and settings
  • Data representation elements:
  • "Data"array of color values
    "Graphics"Graphics object representing an image
    "Image"raster image, given as an Image object
  • Import and Export by default use the "Image" element for PCX files.
  • Advanced Import elements:
  • "BitDepth"bits used to represent each color channel in the file
    "Channels"the number of color channels used in the file
    "ColorSpace"color encoding used in the file
    "ImageSize"raster dimensions
    "Summary"summary of the file


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Basic Examples  (3)Basic Examples  (3)

Import a PCX file:

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Summary of an image:

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Export an image object to PCX:

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Introduced in 2007
| Updated in 2016