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Mathematica Import/Export Format

Package (.m)

Mathematica source format.
Used for storing and exchanging Mathematica programs, packages and data.
Plain ASCII text format.
Stores Mathematica expressions in InputForm.
Can represent program code, numerical and textual data, 2D raster and vector images, 3D geometries, sound, and other kinds of data.
Developed since 1988 by Wolfram Research.
  • Import["file.m"]reads in a Mathematica package, evaluating each expression in it, and returning the last one.
  • Export["file.m", expr] exports a single expression to a package source file.
  • Import["file.m", elem] imports the specified element from a package source file.
  • Import["file.m", {elem, suba, subb, ...}] imports a subelement.
  • Import["file.m", {{elem1, elem2, ...}}] imports multiple elements.
  • The import format can be specified with Import["file", "Package"] or Import["file", {"Package", elem, ...}].
  • Import["file.m"] is equivalent to Get["file.m"].
  • Export["file.m", expr, elem] creates a Mathematica source file by treating expr as specifying element elem.
  • Export["file.m", {expr1, expr2, ...}, {{elem1, elem2, ...}}] treats each expri as specifying the corresponding elemi.
  • Export["file.m", expr, opt1->val1, ...] exports expr with the specified option elements taken to have the specified values.
  • Export["file.m", {elem1->expr1, elem2->expr2, ...}, "Rules"] uses rules to specify the elements to be exported.
  • Put[expr1, expr2, ..., "file.m"] can be used to export multiple expressions.
  • See the reference pages for full general information on Import and Export.
  • In the notebook front end, Save As can be used to export a notebook as a Mathematica package.
"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
"ExpressionList"evaluates all expressions and returns the results as a list
"Get"reads and evaluates all expressions, returning the last one
"HeldExpressions"list of unevaluated expressions
"Comments"code comments
  • Import by default uses the "Get" element for Mathematica Package files.
"Comments"Automaticuser comments