Uniform sequence of IEEE quad-precision complex numbers.
    Binary data format.

Import and Export

  • Import["file","Complex256"] imports any file as IEEE quad-precision complex numbers, returning a packed array of real numbers.
  • Export["file",list,"Complex256"] exports a list of complex numbers to file.
  • Import["file",{"Complex256",elem}] or Import["file",elem ] imports the specified element from file.
  • Import["file",{"Complex256",{elem1,elem2,}}] imports multiple elements.
  • See the reference pages for full general information on Import and Export.
  • ImportString and ExportString support the Complex256 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 "Data" element.
  • Import["file",{"Complex256",n}] reads the n^(th) quad-precision complex number from file.
  • Import returns Infinity for IEEE "infinity", and Indeterminate for IEEE "notanumber".
  • 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


Basic Examples  (1)

Convert a list of numbers to IEEE quad-precision complex numbers:

Click for copyable input

Convert the previous output back to Wolfram Language numbers:

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See Also

"Binary"  "Bit"  "Byte"  "Character8"  "Character16"  "Integer8"  "Integer16"  "Integer32"  "Integer64"  "Integer128"  "UnsignedInteger8"  "UnsignedInteger16"  "UnsignedInteger24"  "UnsignedInteger32"  "UnsignedInteger64"  "UnsignedInteger128"  "Real64"  "Real128"  "Complex64"  "Complex128"  "String"

Introduced in 2004
| Updated in 2007