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To Write a File Using the File Connector

A Write operation is available to the File, FTP, and SFTP connectors. For these connectors, the operation writes content into the given path on demand. It supports common use cases described below.

Embedded DataWeave Transformations

By default, the connector writes whatever is in the message payload:

Example: File Connector
<file:write path="output.csv" />

However, if the payload is a different format (for example, not CSV) and you need to transform it before writing it, what do you do? If you place a Transform component before the Write operation, the message payload changes and that impacts the operation that is placed after the Write operation.

To avoid this undesired impact, you can place the transformation inside the Write operation to generate content that will be written without producing a side effect on the message in transit.

The next example uses the File connector to write the content:

Example: Transformation within a File Write Operation
<file:write path="output.csv">
  <file:content>#[%dw 2.0
                  output application/csv

Writing into Directories

If any of the a, b, or c directories in the example below do not exist, the Write operation will fail by default. However, if you set the createParentDirectories to true, the connector will automatically create any missing directories.

Example: File Connector writes to a Directory
<file:write path="a/b/c/myFile.txt" />

Write to Existing Files

When writing content to a file, set Write Mode to any of the following modes:

  • OVERWRITE (Default)
    If the file exists, overwrite it completely.

    If the file exists, add its content to the end of an existing file.

    Create a new file. If the file already exists, then you receive an error.


The Write operation supports locking similar to the Read operation. The main difference is that the lock releases automatically after the Write operation finishes. Set Lock to any of the following modes:

  • TRUE

  • FALSE (Default)

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