Java 7+: Writing A String To File--A One Liner

import java.nio.file.Files;
import java.nio.file.Paths;

public class StringToFile {
    public static void main(String[] args) throws IOException {
        String msg = "hello";
        Files.write(Paths.get("./duke.txt"), msg.getBytes());

There are probably programming languages out there which achieve the same with fewer characters. In Java, however, we have IDEs :-).

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Very cool indeed! There's also a read capability, which I added to the write:

import java.nio.charset.Charset;
import java.nio.file.Files;
import java.nio.file.Paths;
import java.util.List;

public class StringToFile {

public static void main(String[] args) throws IOException {

public static void write() throws IOException {
String msg = "hello you\nthis is just a test\n";
Files.write(Paths.get("./duke.txt"), msg.getBytes());

public static void read() throws IOException {
List<String> lines = Files.readAllLines(Paths.get("./duke.txt"), Charset.defaultCharset());
for (String line : lines) {
System.out.println("line read: " + line);

Posted by Pierre Clement on March 04, 2014 at 04:45 PM CET #

viewer or fewer characters?

Posted by Leoš Literák on March 04, 2014 at 05:00 PM CET #


fewer of course. Thanks for catching that!

Posted by Adam Bien on March 04, 2014 at 06:38 PM CET #


nice! but:


thanks for writing code into a comment field! :-),



Posted by Adam Bien on March 04, 2014 at 06:39 PM CET #

echo hello > ./duke.txt

Who needs an IDE for a task like that. Stupidest blog post ever.

Posted by Duh on March 20, 2016 at 04:37 PM CET #

This is really handy for a quick file output. Short and to the point. Best blog post ever.

Posted by Michael Idengren on June 20, 2016 at 09:06 PM CEST #

Using IDEs to spit out verbose code (i don't this the above is verbose) was called 'code vomit' by a nice scala speaker once ;)

Posted by comrad on September 06, 2016 at 09:46 AM CEST #

Nice catch!

Posted by Dorival Querino da Silva on December 29, 2016 at 06:18 PM CET #

You have written very nice article. I acquired good knowledge about Java. I will follow up your blog for future post.

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