FileOutputStream - sample program in Java

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FileOutputStream creates an OutputStream that you can use to write bytes to a file. Its most commonly used constructors are shown here:

FileOutputStream(String filePath)
FileOutputStream(File fileObj)
FileOutputStream(String filePath, boolean append)

They can throw an IOException or a SecurityException. Here, filePath is the full path name of a file, and fileObj is a File object that describes the file. If append is true, the file is opened in append mode. Creation of a FileOutputStream is not dependent on the file already existing. FileOutputStream will create the file before opening it for output when you create the object. In the case where you attempt to open a read-only file, an IOException will be thrown.

The following example creates a sample buffer of bytes by first making a String and then using the getBytes() method to extract the byte array equivalent. It then creates three files. The first, file1.txt, will contain every other byte from the sample. The second, file2.txt, will contain the entire set of bytes. The third and last, file3.txt, will contain only the last quarter. Unlike the FileInputStream methods, all of the FileOutputStream methods have a return type of void. In the case of an error, these methods will throw an IOException.

// Demonstrate FileOutputStream.
class FileOutputStreamDemo {
public static void main(String args[]) throws Exception {
String source = "Now is the time for all good men\\n"
+ " to come to the aid of their country\\n"
+ " and pay their due taxes.";
byte buf[] = source.getBytes();
OutputStream f0 = new FileOutputStream("file1.txt");
for (int i=0; i < buf.length; i += 2) {
OutputStream f1 = new FileOutputStream("file2.txt");
OutputStream f2 = new FileOutputStream("file3.txt");

Here are the contents of each file after running this program. 

First, file1.txt:
Nwi h iefralgo e
t oet h i ftercuty n a hi u ae.

Next, file2.txt:
Now is the time for all good men
to come to the aid of their country
and pay their due taxes.

Finally, file3.txt: nd pay their due taxes.

This tutorial is an extract from the "The Complete Reference Part 2 by Herbert Schildt".

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Hi ! do u know have use FileOutputStream in SurfaceView ?
i have this problem four days and dont know how to do it, if u know please help me . (Sorry for my english)

View Tutorial          By: lukas at 2011-07-18 16:55:20
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FileOutputStream will create the file if it does not exist BUT it will not create any directory parts and fail with an FileNotFoundException if the directory does not exist - so maybe someone want to check if the directory exists before opening a file for writing.

View Tutorial          By: Peter at 2012-02-07 13:25:16

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