MTP (.mtp)

Background & Context

    • Minitab portable worksheet format.
    • Statistical data format.
    • Used for exchanging and archiving statistical data.
    • MTP is an acronym derived from Minitab Portable Worksheet.
    • Plain text ASCII format.
    • Stores arrays of labeled data.
    • Developed in the 1970s as part of the Minitab Statistical Software.


  • Import["file.mtp"] imports an MTP file, returning a list of lists.
  • Import["file.mtp"] returns a two-dimensional array of strings and numbers, representing the rows and columns stored in the file.
  • Import["file.mtp",elem] imports the specified element from an MTP file.
  • Import["file.mtp",{elem,suba,subb,}] imports a subelement.
  • Import["file.mtp",{{elem1,elem2,}}] imports multiple elements.
  • The import format can be specified with Import["file", "MTP"] or Import["file",{"MTP",elem,}].
  • See the following reference pages for full general information:
  • Importimport from a file
    CloudImportimport from a cloud object
    ImportStringimport from a string
    ImportByteArrayimport from a byte array

Import Elements

  • General elements:
  • "Elements"list of elements and options available in this file
    "Rules"full list of rules for each element and option
    "Options"list of rules for options, properties, and settings
  • Data representation elements:
  • "Data"datasets arranged as a table
    "LabeledData"datasets given as a list of rules
  • Import uses the "Data" element by default.
  • Textual information:
  • "TextData"textual data given as a list of rules


  • Import option:
  • "EmptyField"""how empty cells are represented in the Wolfram System


Basic Examples  (1)

Show the Import elements available in an MTP sample file:

Import this file as a list of rules, each representing a labeled dataset:

Read all numerical data from this file as an array, typesetting the first 10 rows as a table: