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Write a File Using the SFTP Connector Example - Mule 4

Anypoint Connector for SFTP (SFTP Connector) provides a Write operation that writes content into the given path on demand.

Configure the Write Operation in Studio

To add and configure the Write operation in Studio, follow these steps:

  1. In the Mule Palette view, search for sftp and select the Write operation.

  2. Drag the Write operation onto the Studio canvas.

  3. In the General tab of the operation configuration screen, click the plus sign (+) next to the Connector configuration field to access the global element configuration fields.

  4. Specify the connection information and click OK.

  5. In the General tab, set the Path field to output.csv to set the path of the file to write.
    By default, the connector writes whatever is in the message payload.

Write operation configuration in Studio

In the Configuration XML editor, the <sftp:write> configuration looks like this:

<sftp:write path="output.csv" />

Use Embedded DataWeave Transformations

If you place a Transform Message component before the Write operation, the message payload changes, and that impacts the operation that is placed after the Write operation. Therefore, if the payload is in a different format and you need to transform it before writing it, you can place the transformation inside the Content field of the Write operation to generate content to be written without affecting the message in transit.

The following example places the DataWeave transformation in the Content field:

Write operation configuration in Studio with Content field

In the Configuration XML editor, the configuration looks like this:

<sftp:write path="output.csv">
  <sftp:content>#[%dw 2.0
                   output application/csv

Write into Directories

Because the Write operation fails by default if you set nonexistent directories in the Path field, set the Create parent directories field to True (Default) to automatically create any missing directories.

The following example shows that if any of the a, b, or c directories set in the Path field do not exist, the connector creates them:

.Write operation configuration with Create parent directories

In the Configuration XML editor, the configuration looks like this:

<sftp:write path="a/b/c/myFile.txt" />

Write to Existing Files

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

  • TRUE

  • FALSE (Default)

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