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h5totxt - generate comma-delimited text from 2d slices of HDF5 files


h5totxt [OPTION]... [HDF5FILE]...


h5totxt is a utility to generate comma-delimited text (and similar formats) from one-,
two-, or more-dimensional slices of numeric datasets in HDF5 files. This way, the data
can easily be imported into spreadsheets and similar programs for analysis and

HDF5 is a free, portable binary format and supporting library developed by the National
Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.
A single h5 file can contain multiple data sets; by default, h5totxt takes the first
dataset, but this can be changed via the -d option, or by using the syntax

By default, the entire dataset is dumped to the output. in row-major order. For 3d
datasets, this corresponds to a sequence of yz slices, in order of increasing x, separated
by blank lines. If -T is specified, outputs in the transposed (column-major) order

Often, however, you want only a one- or two-dimensional slice of multi-dimensional data.
To do this, you specify coordinates in one or more slice dimensions, via the -xyzt

The most basic usage is something like ´h5totxt foo.h5´, which will output comma-delimited
text to stdout from the data in foo.h5.


-h Display help on the command-line options and usage.

-V Print the version number and copyright info for h5totxt.

-v Verbose output.

-o file
Send text output to file rather than to stdout (the default).

-s sep Use the string sep to separate columns of the output rather than a comma (the

-x ix, -y iy, -z iz, -t it
This tells h5totxt to use a particular slice of a multi-dimensional dataset. e.g.
-x causes a yz plane (of a 3d dataset) to be used, at an x index of ix (where the
indices run from zero to one less than the maximum index in that direction). Here,
x/y/z correspond to the first/second/third dimensions of the HDF5 dataset. The -t
option specifies a slice in the last dimension, whichever that might be. See also
the -0 option to shift the origin of the x/y/z slice coordinates to the dataset

-0 Shift the origin of the x/y/z slice coordinates to the dataset center, so that e.g.
-0 -x 0 (or more compactly -0x0) returns the central x plane of the dataset instead
of the edge x plane. (-t coordinates are not affected.)

-T Transpose the data (interchange the dimension ordering). By default, no
transposition is done.

-. numdigits
Output numdigits digits after the decimal point (defaults to 16).

-d name
Use dataset name from the input files; otherwise, the first dataset from each file
is used. Alternatively, use the syntax HDF5FILE:DATASET, which allows you to
specify a different dataset for each file. You can use the h5ls command (included
with hdf5) to find the names of datasets within a file.

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