# BufferedWriter

# Write a line of text to File

This code writes the string to a file. It is important to close the writer, so this is done in a finally block.

 public void writeLineToFile(String str) throws IOException {
    File file = new File("file.txt");
    BufferedWriter bw = null;
    try {
      bw = new BufferedWriter(new FileWriter(file));
    } finally {
      if (bw != null) {

Also note that write(String s) does not place newline character after string has been written. To put it use newLine() method.

Java 7 adds the java.nio.file (opens new window) package, and try-with-resources (opens new window):

public void writeLineToFile(String str) throws IOException {
    Path path = Paths.get("file.txt");
    try (BufferedWriter bw = Files.newBufferedWriter(path)) {

# Syntax

  • new BufferedWriter(Writer); //The default constructor
  • BufferedWriter.write(int c); //Writes a single character
  • BufferedWriter.write(String str); //Writes a string
  • BufferedWriter.newLine(); //Writes a line separator
  • BufferedWriter.close(); //Closes the BufferedWriter

# Remarks

  • If you try to write from a BufferedWriter (using BufferedWriter.write()) after closing the BufferedWriter (using BufferedWriter.close()), it will throw an IOException.
  • The BufferedWriter(Writer) constructor does NOT throw an IOException. However, the FileWriter(File) constructor throws a FileNotFoundException, which extends IOException. So catching IOException will also catch FileNotFoundException, there is never a need for a second catch statement unless you plan on doing something different with the FileNotFoundException.