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Files on Disk

You can write to and from files in Server Modules using Media objects.

You can also write to and from files using Python’s open.

Media Object to temporary file

To write to a temporary file, use in a with block.

If you’re using a Python library that wants you to pass it a filename, this can be really useful for writing some data into a file, then passing the file_name to the library you’re using.


def write_media_to_file(media_object):
  with as file_name:
    # Now there is a file in the filesystem containing the contents of media_object.
    # The file_name variable is a string of its full path.

The file is written to the filesystem as soon as the with block begins. The file will be deleted when the with block exits.

Media Object to file

You can use Python’s open to write Media Objects to your filesystem, and read them back.

def write_a_media_object():
  media_object = anvil.BlobMedia('text/plain', b'Hello, world', name='hello_world.txt')
  with open('/tmp/hello_world.txt', 'wb+') as f:
    # Write the byte contents of the media object to 'tmp/my-file.txt'
    # (we opened the file in binary mode, so f.write() accepts bytes)
def read_a_file():
  with open('/tmp/hello_world.txt', 'r') as f:
    contents =

Media Object from file

To read from an existing file, use, [content_type], [name]).


def read_from_file():
  media_object ='/tmp/hello_world.txt', "text/plain")
  return media_object

This creates a Media object with the contents of the file. If you don’t supply a name, the Media object’s name will be the filename (in this case, hello_world.txt).

Read and write files as normal

You can also use Python’s open to read and write files as normal. Your filesystem is your own; other users do not have access to it.

Files in your filesystem are temporary, and may be removed without warning. We advise you only to access files in the /tmp directory.

def write_a_file(my_string):
  with open('/tmp/my-file.txt', 'w+') as f:
def read_a_file():
  with open('/tmp/my-file.txt', 'r') as f:
    contents =

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