numpy.dtype.newbyteorder

method

dtype.newbyteorder(new_order='S')

Return a new dtype with a different byte order.

Changes are also made in all fields and sub-arrays of the data type.

Parameters:
new_order : string, optional

Byte order to force; a value from the byte order specifications below. The default value (‘S’) results in swapping the current byte order. new_order codes can be any of:

  • ‘S’ - swap dtype from current to opposite endian
  • {‘<’, ‘L’} - little endian
  • {‘>’, ‘B’} - big endian
  • {‘=’, ‘N’} - native order
  • {‘|’, ‘I’} - ignore (no change to byte order)

The code does a case-insensitive check on the first letter of new_order for these alternatives. For example, any of ‘>’ or ‘B’ or ‘b’ or ‘brian’ are valid to specify big-endian.

Returns:
new_dtype : dtype

New dtype object with the given change to the byte order.

Notes

Changes are also made in all fields and sub-arrays of the data type.

Examples

>>> import sys
>>> sys_is_le = sys.byteorder == 'little'
>>> native_code = sys_is_le and '<' or '>'
>>> swapped_code = sys_is_le and '>' or '<'
>>> native_dt = np.dtype(native_code+'i2')
>>> swapped_dt = np.dtype(swapped_code+'i2')
>>> native_dt.newbyteorder('S') == swapped_dt
True
>>> native_dt.newbyteorder() == swapped_dt
True
>>> native_dt == swapped_dt.newbyteorder('S')
True
>>> native_dt == swapped_dt.newbyteorder('=')
True
>>> native_dt == swapped_dt.newbyteorder('N')
True
>>> native_dt == native_dt.newbyteorder('|')
True
>>> np.dtype('<i2') == native_dt.newbyteorder('<')
True
>>> np.dtype('<i2') == native_dt.newbyteorder('L')
True
>>> np.dtype('>i2') == native_dt.newbyteorder('>')
True
>>> np.dtype('>i2') == native_dt.newbyteorder('B')
True