Portable Pixel Map (ASCII) Files
Read and Write Utilities

PPMA_IO is a C library which reads and writes files in the ASCII PPM (Portable Pixel Map) format for 2D color graphics information.

There are many graphics programs, such as XV and GIMP, that can display images in this format, or translate them to other formats such as BMP, GIF, JPEG, MacPaint, X Window, and so on.


The computer code and data files described and made available on this web page are distributed under the GNU LGPL license.


PPMA_IO is available in a C version and a C++ version and a FORTRAN90 version and a MATLAB version and a Python version.

Related Data and Programs:

MANDELBROT, a C program which generates an ASCII Portable Pixel Map (PPM) image of the Mandelbrot fractal set;

PBMA_IO, a C library which handles the ASCII Portable Bit Map (PBM) format.

PGMA_IO, a C library which handles the ASCII Portable Gray Map (PGM) format.


  1. the PPMA Data page.
  2. the NETPBM homepage.

Source Code:

Examples and Tests:

List of Routines:

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Last revised on 27 May 2011.