writes an encoded version of the file source to the file dest.


decodes the file before reading its contents.


produces an encoded file that must be read in using Get["dest","key"].

Details and Options

  • Encoded files contain only printable ASCII characters. They begin with a special sequence that is recognized by Get.
  • On certain computer systems Encode["source","dest",MachineID->"ID"] can be used to generate an encoded file that can be read only on a computer with a particular $MachineID.
  • No function is provided in the Wolfram Language to convert encoded files back to their original form.
  • File["name"] may be used to specify a file name.


Basic Examples  (1)

Set up the name of a file that can be used as temporary storage:

Encode the package file Collatz.m, putting the results in the temporary file:

The file is visually unreadable:

Use Get to decode and load the file:

This has loaded the definitions of the Collatz package:

Introduced in 1991
Updated in 2016