MATHEMATICA IMPORT/EXPORT FORMAT

# Character8

Sequence of 8-bit characters.
Raw binary format.
• Import can read any file as a sequence of characters.
• Export writes a list of characters to a file.

## Import and ExportImport and Export

• Import["file", "Character8"] imports any file, returning a list of 8-bit characters.
• Export["file", list, "Character8"] exports a list of characters to a binary file.
• Export["file", expr, "Character8"] converts an expression to a string of characters and exports it to a binary file in which each byte represents a character.
• Import["file", {"Character8", elem}] or Import["file", elem ] imports the specified element.
• Import["file", {"Character8", {elem1, elem2, ...}}] imports multiple elements.
• See the reference pages for full general information on Import and Export.
• ImportString and ExportString support the Character8 format.

## ElementsElements

• 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 8-bit characters
• By default, Import and Export use the element.
• Import["file", {"Character8", n}] gives the n byte.

## OptionsOptions

• Import option:
•  "HeaderBytes" 0 how many bytes to skip at the beginning of the file

## ExamplesExamplesopen allclose all

### Basic Examples (2)Basic Examples (2)

Convert a list of characters to a string representing an 8-bit character array:

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Mathematica can also convert expressions of multicharacter strings to 8-bit characters:

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Convert the previous result back to an expression:

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Multibyte characters cannot be exported to the Character8 format:

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