I used NDSolve to solve a system of ODE, and the resulting n functions y1[x], y2[x],... yn[x] were plotted with the Plot command, as follows,

Plot[{y1[x], y2[x],... yn[x]}/.%,{x,min,max}]

So I need to export the data in .txt multicolumn format. The answer to question [1] provided me a clue,

data = Cases[Plot[Sin@x, {x, 0, 2 Pi}], Line[data_] :> data, -4, 1][[1]]

however, I need the appropriate pattern/specification/etc for Cases. Or, alternatively, is there another way to export data?

Thank you

[1] Plot, extract data to a file

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    $\begingroup$ Please include the complete code, including the part that generates the answer you are substituting into plot, or alternatively generate a minimal working example with fake data that still represents the structure of your problem. What you have may not be enough detail for us to help meaningfully. $\endgroup$
    – MarcoB
    Nov 3, 2021 at 12:34
  • $\begingroup$ What should "/.%" mean? $\endgroup$ Nov 3, 2021 at 13:00
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    – rhermans
    Nov 3, 2021 at 13:03
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    $\begingroup$ I think this question needs clarification. What is the motivation? Why extract data from a plot instead of using the data that created the plot on the first instance? What is the actual code used? This reduced version is not a minimum working example. The OP should show minimum due diligence, as the limited information provided requires speculation from anybody trying to offer an answer. $\endgroup$
    – rhermans
    Nov 3, 2021 at 13:05
  • $\begingroup$ "Or another way to export data to .txt": Try data = RandomReal[{-4, 4}, 20] and then: Export["C:\\data.txt", data] . $\endgroup$
    – Syed
    Nov 3, 2021 at 13:28

2 Answers 2


Let's say you solve the following equation:

sol = DSolve[x^2*y''[x] + 5*x*y'[x] + 6*y[x] == 0, y[x], x]
{{y[x] -> (C[2] Cos[Sqrt[2] Log[x]])/x^2 + (C[1] Sin[Sqrt[2] Log[x]])/

Create a table: modify the range and increments as required.

dexp = Table[{x, y[x] /. sol[[1]]}, {x, 0.1, 0.5, 0.05}] /. {C[1] -> 
    1, C[2] -> 2}

Try both formats:

Export["C:\\dexp_1_2.txt", dexp]
Export["C:\\dexp_1_2.csv", dexp, "CSV"]

You can extend the Table above, by adding more entries according to your solution.


Thanks a lot. I succesfully adapted the above suggestion for n equations :

sol = NDSolve[{Table[y[i]''[x] + y[i][x], {j, 1, n} == 0, {i, 1, 100}], Table[y[i][0] == i, {i, 1, n}], Table[y[i]'[0] == 0, {i, 1, n}]}, {y[1], y[2], ... y[n]}, {x, 0, 15}]

dexp = Table[{t, y[1][x], y[2][x], ... y[n][x]} /. sol[[1]], {x, 0, 15, .01}]

Export["C:\...\dexp_1_2.txt", sol]

(I used NDSolve to account for more complex ODEs)


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