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HDF is a library and platform independent data format for the storage and exchange of scientific data. It includes Fortran and C calling interfaces, and utilities for analyzing and converting HDF data files.
At its lowest level, HDF is a physical file format for storing scientific data. At its highest level, HDF is a collection of utilities and applications for manipulating, viewing, and analyzing data in HDF files. Between these levels, HDF is a software library that provides high-level APIs and a low-level data interface.

Current Version:   4.1r3

License Type:   BSD-like,

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Source Code Availability: Yes,

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Targeted Platforms:

UNIX (including Linux), VMS, Windows NT/95, Macintosh. See for details

Software/Hardware Requirements:


Other Links: (FAQ) (Scientific Data Format Information FAQ)

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hdfnews mailing lists information is

User Comments:

  • I just wanted to tell you that your work on HDF is appreciated. I love HDF for it's simplicity and platform independance.

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