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  • Import can read any file as a sequence of signed 32-bit integers.
  • Export writes a list of integers in the range to a binary file.


    Uniform sequence of signed 32-bit integers.
    Binary data format.

Import and ExportImport and Export

  • Import["file","Integer32"] imports an arbitrary file as a sequence of signed 32-bit integers, returning a packed array of integers in the range .
  • Export["file",list,"Integer32"] exports a list of integers in the range to a sequence of binary 32-bit integers.
  • Import["file",{"Integer32",elem}] or Import["file",elem ] imports the specified element from file.
  • Import["file",{"Integer32",{elem1,elem2,}}] imports multiple elements.
  • See the reference pages for full general information on Import and Export.
  • ImportString and ExportString support the Integer32 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 integers in the range
  • By default, Import and Export use the element.
  • Import["file",{"Integer32",n}] gives the n^(th) 32-bit integer.
  • Trailing bytes are ignored if the size of the imported file is not a multiple of the data size.


  • 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 integers to a string representing a sequence of binary 32-bit integers:

Click for copyable input

Verify that the correct number of bytes was written:

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Convert the binary data back to an expression:

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Import the same data, assuming it represents an array of unsigned integers:

Click for copyable input
Introduced in 2004
| Updated in 2007