### Question :

Python: how to store a numpy multidimensional array in PyTables?

How can I put a numpy multidimensional array in a HDF5 file using PyTables?

From what I can tell I can’t put an array field in a pytables table.

I also need to store some info about this array and be able to do mathematical computations on it.

Any suggestions?

##
Answer #1:

There may be a simpler way, but this is how you’d go about doing it, as far as I know:

```
import numpy as np
import tables
# Generate some data
x = np.random.random((100,100,100))
# Store "x" in a chunked array...
f = tables.open_file('test.hdf', 'w')
atom = tables.Atom.from_dtype(x.dtype)
ds = f.createCArray(f.root, 'somename', atom, x.shape)
ds[:] = x
f.close()
```

If you want to specify the compression to use, have a look at `tables.Filters`

. E.g.

```
import numpy as np
import tables
# Generate some data
x = np.random.random((100,100,100))
# Store "x" in a chunked array with level 5 BLOSC compression...
f = tables.open_file('test.hdf', 'w')
atom = tables.Atom.from_dtype(x.dtype)
filters = tables.Filters(complib='blosc', complevel=5)
ds = f.createCArray(f.root, 'somename', atom, x.shape, filters=filters)
ds[:] = x
f.close()
```

There’s probably a simpler way for a lot of this… I haven’t used `pytables`

for anything other than table-like data in a long while.

**Note:** with pytables 3.0, `f.createCArray`

was renamed to `f.create_carray`

. It can also accept the array directly, without specifying the `atom`

,

```
f.create_carray('/', 'somename', obj=x, filters=filters)
```