HDF5 Fortran90 User's Notes

About the source code organization

The Fortran APIs are organized in modules parallel to the HDF5 Interfaces.
Each module is in a separate file with the name H5*ff.f.  Corresponding C
stubs are in the H5*f.c files.  For example, the Fortran File APIs are in 
the file H5Fff.f and the corresponding C stubs are in the file H5Ff.c. 

Each module contains Fortran definitions of the constants, interfaces to 
the subroutines if needed, and the subroutines themselves.  

Users must use constant names in their programs instead of the numerical 
values, as the numerical values are subject to change without notice. 

About the Fortran APIs 

*  The Fortran APIs come in the form of Fortran subroutines.

*  Each Fortran subroutine name is derived from the corresponding C function
   name by adding "_f" to the name.  For example, the name of the C function 
   to create an HDF5 file is H5Fcreate;  the corresponding Fortran subroutine 
   is h5fcreate_f. 

*  A description of each implemented Fortran subroutine and its parameters 
   can be found following the description of the corresponding C function in 
   the HDF5 Reference Manual provided with this release.  

*  The parameter list for each Fortran subroutine has two more parameters
   than the corresponding C function.  These additional parameters hold 
   the return value and an error code.  The order of the Fortran subroutine 
   parameters may differ from the order of the C function parameters. 
   The Fortran subroutine parameters are listed in the following order: 
      -- required input parameters,
      -- output parameters, including return value and error code, and 
      -- optional input parameters.
   For example, the C function to create a dataset has the following 

       hid_t H5Dcreate(hid_it loc_id, char *name, hid_t type_id, 
             hid_t space_id, hid_t creation_prp);
   The corresponding Fortran subroutine has the following form:
       SUBROUTINE h5dcreate_f(loc_id, name, type_id, space_id, dset_id, 
             hdferr, creation_prp)
   The first four parameters of the Fortran subroutine correspond to the 
   C function parameters.  The fifth parameter, dset_id, is an output 
   parameter and contains a valid dataset identifier if the value of the 
   sixth output parameter hdferr indicates successful completion. 
   (Error code descriptions are provided with the subroutine descriptions 
   in the Reference Manual.)  The seventh input parameter, creation_prp, 

   is optional, and may be omitted when the default creation property 
   list is used.

*  Parameters to the Fortran subroutines have one of the following 
   predefined datatypes (see the file H5fortran_types.f90 for KIND 
        INTEGER(HID_T)      compares with hid_t type in HDF5 C APIs
        INTEGER(HSIZE_T)    compares with hsize_t in HDF5 C APIs
        INTEGER(HSSIZE_T)   compares with hssize_t in HDF5 C APIs
        INTEGER(SIZE_T)     compares with the C size_t type

   These integer types usually correspond to 4 or 8 byte integers, 
   depending on the FORTRAN90 compiler and the corresponding HDF5 
   C library definitions.
   The H5R module defines two types of references: 
        TYPE(HOBJ_REF_T_F)      compares to hobj_ref_t in HDF5 C API
        TYPE(HDSET_REG_REF_T_F) compares to hdset_reg_ref_t in HDF5 C API

*  Each Fortran application must call the h5open_f subroutine to 
   initialize the Fortran interface and the HDF5 C Library before calling 
   any HDF5 Fortran subroutine. The application must call the h5close_f 
   subroutine after all calls to the HDF5 Fortran Library to close the 
   Fortran interface and HDF5 C Library. 

*  List of the predefined datatypes can be found in the HDF5 Reference 
   Manual provided with this release.  See HDF5 Predefined Datatypes.

*  When a C application reads data stored from a Fortran program, the data 
   will appear to be transposed due to the difference in the C and Fortran 
   storage orders.  For example, if Fortran writes a 4x6 two-dimensional 
   dataset to the file, a C program will read it as a 6x4 two-dimensional 
   dataset into memory.  The HDF5 C utilities h5dump and h5ls will also 
   display transposed data, if data is written from a Fortran program.

*  Fortran indices are 1-based.

*  Compound datatype datasets can be written or read by atomic fields only.

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Describes HDF5 Release 1.6.5, November 2005
Last modified: 15 December 2000