You can use the following methods to convert a NumPy matrix to an array:

**Method 1: Use A1**

my_array = my_matrix.A1

**Method 2: Use ravel()**

my_array = np.asarray(my_matrix).ravel()

Both methods return the same result, but the second method simply requires more typing.

The following examples show how to use each method in practice.

**Example 1: Convert NumPy Matrix to Array Using A1**

The following code shows how to use the A1 property to convert a NumPy matrix to an array:

**import numpy as np
#create NumPy matrix with 3 columns and 5 rows
my_matrix = np.matrix(np.arange(15).reshape((5, 3)))
#view NumPy matrix
print(my_matrix)
[[ 0 1 2]
[ 3 4 5]
[ 6 7 8]
[ 9 10 11]
[12 13 14]]
#convert matrix to array
my_array = my_matrix.A1
#view NumPy array
print(my_array)
[ 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14]
**

We can see that the NumPy matrix has been converted to an array with 15 values.

We can confirm that it is NumPy array by using the **type()** function:

**#check type of my_array
type(my_array)
numpy.ndarray
**

It is indeed a NumPy array.

**Example 2: Convert NumPy Matrix to Array Using ravel()**

The following code shows how to use the ravel() function to convert a NumPy matrix to an array:

**import numpy as np
#create NumPy matrix with 3 columns and 5 rows
my_matrix = np.matrix(np.arange(15).reshape((5, 3)))
#view NumPy matrix
print(my_matrix)
[[ 0 1 2]
[ 3 4 5]
[ 6 7 8]
[ 9 10 11]
[12 13 14]]
#convert matrix to array
my_array = np.asarray(my_matrix).ravel()
#view NumPy array
print(my_array)
[ 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14]
**

We can see that the NumPy matrix has been converted to an array with 15 values.

We can confirm that it is NumPy array by using the **type()** function:

**#check type of my_array
type(my_array)
numpy.ndarray
**

It is indeed a NumPy array.

**Additional Resources**

The following tutorials explain how to perform other common tasks in NumPy:

How to Fill NumPy Array with Values

How to Remove Specific Elements from NumPy Array

How to Replace Elements in NumPy Array

How to Get Specific Row from NumPy Array