changes the way expr is stored internally, to try and minimize the amount of memory used.


tries to minimize the memory used to store all expressions.


  • Share works by sharing the storage of common subexpressions between different parts of an expression, or different expressions.
  • Using Share will never affect the results you get from the Wolfram Language. It may, however, reduce the amount of memory used, and in many cases also the amount of time taken.
  • Share returns the number of bytes freed as a result of sharing, as determined by MemoryInUse.


Basic Examples  (2)

Try to minimize memory used in all expressions:

Use shared memory for parts of an expression that are the same:

This is effectively the same as creating the expression using shared parts:

For this expression, Share is not able to save any more memory:

Introduced in 1988