The Fortran 2003 standard defines a new “stream” I/O scheme. Stream I/O access treats a data file as a continuous sequence of bytes, addressable by a positive integer starting from 1. The data file can be connected for either formatted or unformatted access.
Declare a stream I/O file with the ACCESS=’STREAM’ specifier on the OPEN statement. File positioning to a byte address requires a POS=scalar_integer_expression specifier on a READ or WRITE statement. The INQUIRE statement accepts ACCESS=’STREAM’, a specifier STREAM=scalar_character_variable, and POS=scalar_integer_variable.