Importing and Exporting Data
|Import["file","Table"]||import a table of data from a file|
|Export["file",list,"Table"]||export list to a file as a table of data|
Importing and exporting tabular data.
This exports an array of numbers to the file out.dat
Here are the contents of the file out.dat
This imports the contents of out.dat
as a table of data.
|Out= |Import["file", "Table"]
will handle many kinds of tabular data, automatically deducing the details of the format whenever possible. Export["file", list, "Table"]
writes out data separated by spaces, with numbers given in C or Fortran-like form, as in 2.3E5
and so on.
|Import["name.ext"]||import data assuming a format deduced from the file name|
|Export["name.ext",expr]||export data in a format deduced from the file name|
Importing and exporting general data.
|table formats||"CSV", "TSV", "XLS"|
|matrix formats||"HarwellBoeing", "MAT", "MTX"|
|specialized data formats||"DIF", "FITS", "HDF5", "MPS", "SDTS", etc.|
Some common formats for tabular data.
can handle not only tabular data, but also data corresponding to graphics, sounds, expressions and even whole documents. Import
can often deduce the appropriate format for data simply by looking at the extension of the file name for the file in which the data is being stored. "Exporting Graphics and Sounds"
and "Importing and Exporting Files"
discuss in more detail how Import
work. Note that you can also use Import
to manipulate raw files of binary data.
This imports a graphic in JPEG format.
Finding the complete list of supported import and export formats.