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Write File

Category: Unix/Linux System

This activity allows you to write a file to a remote Unix/Linux target. The output of this activity includes the contents of the file written, the file’s name, and it’s path.


  • This activity does not return a File that you can use with activities like Upload File. It returns the contents of the file as a string.
  • The Local File Name input tells the activity which file to write to on the remote system. This can either be a relative path based on the user’s home directory (filename.txt) or an absolute path (/etc/something/filename.txt).
  • A variety of encoding options are available for your content, including: ASCII, UTF-7, UTF-8, UTF-16, and UTF-32.
  • The following options are available for handling changes to a file that already exists:
    • Append to existing file
    • Overwrite existing file
    • Do not overwrite if file exists


Here’s a sample of writing a simple HTML file to /var/www/html/index.html: