Uniform sequence of signed 16-bit integers.
Binary data format.
  • Import can read any file as a sequence of signed 16-bit integers.
  • Export writes a list of integers in the range to a binary file.

Import and ExportImport and Export

  • Import["file", "Integer16"] imports an arbitrary file as a sequence of signed 16-bit integers, returning a packed array of integers in the range .
  • Export["file", list, "Integer16"] exports a list of integers in the range to a binary sequence of 16-bit integers.
  • Import["file", {"Integer16", elem}] or Import["file", elem ] imports the specified element from file.
  • Import["file", {"Integer16", {elem1, elem2, ...}}] imports multiple elements.
  • See the reference pages for full general information on Import and Export.
  • ImportString and ExportString support the Integer16 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 integers in the range
  • By default, Import and Export use the element.
  • Import["file", {"Integer16", n}] gives the n^(th) 16-bit integer.
  • 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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Convert a list of integers to a string representing binary 16-bit signed integers:

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Convert the binary data back to a list of integers:

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Show the byte values of the exported data:

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Import as 16-bit Unicode characters:

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Interpret as raw 16-bit Unicode text:

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