Wolfram Language & System 10.0 (2014)|Legacy Documentation

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    Raw raster image data.    
    Used as an intermediate format by imaging devices.
    Stores images as RGB or grayscale bitmaps at a resolution of 8 bits per channel.
    Binary format.
    Does not include meta-information.
    Equivalent to the binary portion of PPM files.

Import and ExportImport and Export

  • Import["file","RawBitmap",ImageSize->{w,h}] imports a raw bitmap file and returns an Image object.
  • The image size must be specified when importing a raw bitmap.
  • Export["file",expr,"RawBitmap"] exports graphics or any other expression as an image to a raw bitmap.
  • Export["file",expr,"RawBitmap"] creates a raw bitmap with the same image size as the displayed form of .
  • All fonts are rasterized on export.
  • The format name must be explicitly specified.
  • Import["file",{"RawBitmap",elem},ImageSize->{w,h}] imports the specified element from a file.
  • Import["file",{"RawBitmap",elem,suba,subb,},ImageSize->{w,h}] imports a subelement.
  • Import["file",{"RawBitmap",{elem1,elem2,}},ImageSize->{w,h}] imports multiple elements.
  • Export["file",expr,{"RawBitmap",elem}] creates a raw bitmap file by treating expr as specifying element elem.
  • Export["file",{expr1,expr2,},{"RawBitmap",{elem1,elem2,}}] treats each as specifying the corresponding .
  • Export["file",expr,"RawBitmap",opt1->val1,] exports expr with the specified option elements taken to have the specified values.
  • Export["file",{elem1->expr1,elem2->expr2,},{"RawBitmap","Rules"}] uses rules to specify the elements to be exported.
  • See the reference pages for full general information on Import and Export.
  • ImportString and ExportString support raw bitmaps.


  • 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
    "GrayLevels"array of normalized gray-level values
    "Image"raster image, given as an Image object
    "RGBColorArray"array of RGBColor objects
  • Import and Export by default use the element for raw bitmap files.
  • Advanced Import elements:
  • "BitDepth"bits used to represent each color channel in the file
    "ColorSpace"color encoding used in the file


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Read raw bitmap data, specifying the width and height of the image in pixels:

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Introduced in 2003
| Updated in 2008