Background & Context

    • Uniform sequence of signed 8-bit integers.
    • Binary data format.

Import & Export

  • Import["file","Integer8"] imports an arbitrary file as a sequence of signed 8-bit integers, returning a packed array of integers in the range .
  • Export["file",list,"Integer8"] exports a list of integers in the range to a sequence of binary 8-bit integers.
  • Import["file",{"Integer8",elem}] or Import["file",elem ] imports the specified element from file.
  • Import["file",{"Integer8",{elem1,elem2,}}] imports multiple elements.
  • See the following reference pages for full general information:
  • Import, Exportimport from or export to a file
    CloudImport, CloudExportimport from or export to a cloud object
    ImportString, ExportStringimport from or export to a string
    ImportByteArray, ExportByteArrayimport from or export to a byte array

Import Elements

  • General Import elements:
  • "Elements" list of elements and options available in this file
    "Summary"summary of the file
    "Rules"list of rules for all available elements
  • Data representation element:
  • "Data"list of integers in the range
  • By default, Import and Export use the "Data" element.
  • Import["file",{"Integer8",n}] gives the n^(th) byte.
  • Trailing bytes are ignored if the size of the imported file is not a multiple of the data size.


  • Import option:
  • "HeaderBytes"0how many bytes to skip at the beginning of the file


Basic Examples  (1)

Convert a list of integers to a string representing binary 8-bit signed integers:

Convert the binary data back to an expression:

Import the same data, assuming it represents an array of unsigned 8-bit integers: