Uniform sequence of IEEE double-precision complex numbers.
Binary data format.
  • Import can read any binary data as a sequence of 128-bit complex numbers.
  • Export converts a list of integer, real, or complex numbers to a sequence of binary 128-bit complex numbers.
  • IEEE single-precision numbers can be imported and exported using the "Complex64" format.

Import and ExportImport and Export

  • Import["file", "Complex128"] imports any file as IEEE double-precision complex numbers, returning a packed array of real numbers.
  • Export["file", list, "Complex128"] exports a list of complex numbers to file.
  • Import["file", {"Complex128", elem}] or Import["file", elem ] imports the specified element from file.
  • Import["file", {"Complex128", {elem1, elem2, ...}}] imports multiple elements.
  • See the reference pages for full general information on Import and Export.
  • ImportString and ExportString support the Complex128 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 complex numbers
  • By default, Import and Export use the element.
  • Import["file", {"Complex128", n}] reads the n^(th) double-precision complex number from file.
  • Import returns Infinity for IEEE "infinity", and Indeterminate for IEEE "not-a-number".
  • 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 numbers to IEEE double-precision complex numbers:

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Convert the previous output back to Mathematica numbers:

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