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Read and write graphs in GraphML format.

This implementation does not support mixed graphs (directed and unidirected edges together), hyperedges, nested graphs, or ports.

“GraphML is a comprehensive and easy-to-use file format for graphs. It consists of a language core to describe the structural properties of a graph and a flexible extension mechanism to add application-specific data. Its main features include support of

  • directed, undirected, and mixed graphs,
  • hypergraphs,
  • hierarchical graphs,
  • graphical representations,
  • references to external data,
  • application-specific attribute data, and
  • light-weight parsers.

Unlike many other file formats for graphs, GraphML does not use a custom syntax. Instead, it is based on XML and hence ideally suited as a common denominator for all kinds of services generating, archiving, or processing graphs.”



GraphML is an XML format. See http://graphml.graphdrawing.org/specification.html for the specification and http://graphml.graphdrawing.org/primer/graphml-primer.html for examples.

read_graphml(path[, node_type]) Read graph in GraphML format from path.
write_graphml(G, path[, encoding, prettyprint]) Write G in GraphML XML format to path