I want create file with some text (and numbers). This is my code.

str=OpenWrite["f:\\1.txt",PageWidth->Infinity, FormatType->StandardForm,NumberMarks->True];
Write[str, "a = ", 0.123456789];

The problem is there is rounded number (0.123457) in the output file. but I actually want file with text

a = 0.123456789

Explaining: I want parse a test suite files (*.mt) with data for check. Rows looks like

dataAcc = {{1.865987700, 1.920469000, 1.811506300, ...},...}

I have a numbers for dataAcc list. But when i create testfile numbers becomes rounded.

  • $\begingroup$ Maybe you can specify the precision of a using a = 0.123456789`9 $\endgroup$
    – Yi Wang
    Jun 6, 2014 at 10:51
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    $\begingroup$ Or if you don't want low precision from definition, but instead prefer crop the precision when output, you can use a=0.123456789; SetPrecision[a, 9]. The latter outputs 9 digits. $\endgroup$
    – Yi Wang
    Jun 6, 2014 at 10:54
  • $\begingroup$ It's solve the problem. But interesting is there another way to solve this problem $\endgroup$ Jun 6, 2014 at 11:01
  • $\begingroup$ another way: Write[ .. , "a = 0.123456789" ]. Seriously you need to explain a little better exactly what you are trying to do, $\endgroup$
    – george2079
    Jun 6, 2014 at 12:00
  • $\begingroup$ If you want to retain precision of arbitrary number, you could wrap it with FullForm: Write[str, "a = ", FullForm[a]] $\endgroup$
    – jkuczm
    Jun 6, 2014 at 16:34

1 Answer 1


I guess that you are after something like:

ToString[NumberForm[0.123456789, {∞, 9}]]

to explicitly specify the number of decimal places. For example, using WriteString which does the ToString bit for you:

str = OpenWrite["test.txt"];
WriteString[str, "a = ", NumberForm[0.1234, {∞, 9}], "\n"];
WriteString[str, "b = ", NumberForm[0.123456789, {∞, 9}], "\n"];

Which results in:


a = 0.123400000
b = 0.123456789

But really you need to be more specific about what you want as george2079's comment has a solution with a lot less typing and using Mathematica as a text editor is not very efficient!


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