Create, open and save Signals#

This section describes how to create, open and save signals (and workspaces).


Screenshot of the “File” menu.#

When the “Signal Panel” is selected, the menus and toolbars are updated to provide signal-related actions.

The “File” menu allows you to:

  • Create, open, save and close signals (see below).

  • Save and restore the current workspace or browse HDF5 files (see Workspace).

  • Edit DataLab preferences (see Settings).

New signal#

Create a new signal from various models:




\(y[i] = 0\)


\(y = y_{0}+\dfrac{A}{\sqrt{2\pi}.\sigma}.exp(-\dfrac{1}{2}.(\dfrac{x-x_{0}}{\sigma})^2)\)


\(y = y_{0}+\dfrac{A}{\sigma.\pi}.\dfrac{1}{1+(\dfrac{x-x_{0}}{\sigma})^2}\)


\(y = y_{0}+A.\dfrac{Re(exp(-z^2).erfc(-j.z))}{\sqrt{2\pi}.\sigma}\) with \(z = \dfrac{x-x_{0}-j.\sigma}{\sqrt{2}.\sigma}\)

Random (uniform law)

\(y[i] \in [-0.5, 0.5]\)

Random (normal law)

\(y[i] \sim \mathcal{N}(-0.5, 0.5)\)


\(y = y_{0}+A.sin(2\pi.f.x+\phi)\)


\(y = y_{0}+A.cos(2\pi.f.x+\phi)\)


\(y = y_{0}+A \cdot \left( 2 \left( f x + \frac{\phi}{2\pi} - \left\lfloor f x + \frac{\phi}{2\pi} + \frac{1}{2} \right\rfloor \right) \right)\)


\(y = y_{0}+A \cdot \text{sawtooth}(2 \pi f x + \phi, \text{width} = 0.5)\)


\(y = y_0 + A \cdot \text{sgn}\left( \sin\left( 2\pi f x + \phi \right) \right)\)

Cardinal sine

\(y = y_0 + A \cdot \text{sinc}\left(2\pi f x + \phi\right)\)


\(y = y_{0}+A.\left\{\begin{array}{ll}1 & \text{if } x > x_{0} \\ 0 & \text{otherwise}\end{array}\right.\)


\(y = y_{0}+A.exp(B.x)\)


\(y = y_{0}+A.\left\{\begin{array}{ll}1 & \text{if } x_{0} < x < x_{1} \\ 0 & \text{otherwise}\end{array}\right.\)


\(y = y_{0}+A_{0}+A_{1}.x+A_{2}.x^2+...+A_{n}.x^n\)


Manual input of X and Y values

Open signal#

Create a new signal from the following supported filetypes:

File type


Text files

.txt, .csv

NumPy arrays




Save signal#

Save current signal to the following supported filetypes:

File type


Text files


Import text file#

DataLab can natively import signal files (e.g. CSV, NPY, etc.). However some specific text file formats may not be supported. In this case, you can use the Import text file feature, which allows you to import a text file and convert it to a signal.

This feature is accessible from the File menu, under the Import text file option.

It opens an import wizard that guides you through the process of importing the text file.

Step 1: Select the source#

The first step is to select the source of the text file. You can either select a file from your computer or the clipboard if you have copied the text from another application.

Step 1: Select the source

Step 1: Select the source#

Step 2: Preview and configure the import#

The second step consists of configuring the import and previewing the result. You can configure the following options:

  • Delimiter: The character used to separate the values in the text file.

  • Comments: The character used to indicate that the line is a comment and should be ignored.

  • Rows to Skip: The number of rows to skip at the beginning of the file.

  • Maximum Number of Rows: The maximum number of rows to import. If the file contains more rows, they will be ignored.

  • Transpose: If checked, the rows and columns will be transposed.

  • Data type: The destination data type of the imported data.

  • First Column is X: If checked, the first column will be used as the X axis.

When you are done configuring the import, click the Apply button to see the result.

Step 2: Configure the import

Step 2: Configure the import#

Step 2: Preview the result

Step 2: Preview the result#

Step 3: Show graphical representation#

The third step shows a graphical representation of the imported data. You can use the Finish button to import the data into DataLab workspace.

Step 3: Show graphical representation

Step 3: Show graphical representation#