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Loading matlab binary (.mat) files into python

It happens. You have old data in matlab .mat format or your colleagues insist, for some obscure reason, on using MATLAB. You need scipy.io.loadmat and scipy.io.savemat from scipy.

import scipy.io
X = scipy.io.loadmat('mydata.mat')


X now contains a dictionary whose keys correspond to the variable names saved in the original mat file.

UPDATE:
Nested dictionaries seem to be a problem. A kind soul has a short set of methods that converts nested dictionaries here.

UPDATE:

Look here (scipy cookbook) for how to handle mat files from recent versions of matlab

Comments

  1. Hi,
    Loved this trick:)

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  2. thanks! it's very useful

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  3. Very useful, thanks

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  4. Doesn't read Matlab 7.3 files. It complains and suggests using the HDF reader.

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  5. Hi,

    Thanks for pointing that out! From the cookbook (http://www.scipy.org/Cookbook/Reading_mat_files) I see that they suggest using PyTables or h5py packages.

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  6. Thank you so much! I love to find out something like that is actually extremely easy. :)

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