For example:

For[n = 0, n < 100, n = n + 1,
  ... ...   
 M=Append[M, Resultmatrix ]; 
 (*Resultmatrix is the intermediate reslut 4X4 matrix*)
Export["data.mat", M]

But when loading data.mat in Matlab, I find that M splits into multiple variables with names like Expression1, Expression2, Expression3 .... I also tried XLS format, but each 4x4 matrix in the list of matrices appears in an individual worksheet. So my question is how can I put M in a single variable, thus I could manipulate it.

  • $\begingroup$ You can create the list in one go: m = Array[#1 - 1 &, {100, 4, 4}] $\endgroup$
    – ssch
    Commented Jan 19, 2013 at 12:48
  • $\begingroup$ You could export Flatten[m] and then use reshape(Expression,[100 4 4]) (not sure about syntax) in the other software. $\endgroup$ Commented Jan 19, 2013 at 12:53
  • $\begingroup$ thanks ssch and b.gatessucks ,M is not a constant matrix, posted is just an example, Flatten[m] does work, but I found reshape changed the structure of M. $\endgroup$
    – novice
    Commented Jan 19, 2013 at 13:18
  • $\begingroup$ @user5463 The structure is different because one uses row major ordering and the other column major ordering to store the arrays. See this question and the answers there for a way to convert (the answers deal with converting in mma... you can do something similar in matlab) $\endgroup$
    – rm -rf
    Commented Jan 19, 2013 at 17:13
  • $\begingroup$ also relevant: mathematica.stackexchange.com/questions/6837/… $\endgroup$
    – s0rce
    Commented Jan 20, 2013 at 3:25

2 Answers 2


See the link for import and export examples for mat files also related question

Below examples work:

Export["file.mat", {"Var1" -> {{1, 2, 3}, {3, 4, 5}}, "Var2" -> {{4, 5, 6}}}, "LabeledData"]

So, use labels and Labeled data options.

  • $\begingroup$ What do the brackets do? $\endgroup$
    – Sid
    Commented Nov 21, 2019 at 13:40

Use the hdf5 format instead if you have too many dimensions. Saves a lot of pain and both Matlab and Mathematica support the hdf5 format.


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