How to write file using Files.newBufferedWriter?

To open a file for writing in JDK 7 you can use the Files.newBufferedWriter() method. This method takes three arguments. We need to pass the Path, the Charset and a varargs of OpenOption.

For example, in the snippet below we pass the path of our log file, we use the StandardCharsets.UTF_8 charset, and we use the StandardOpenOption.WRITE to open a file for writing. If you want to open a file and append its contents instead of rewriting it you can use the StandardOpenOption.APPEND.


import java.nio.charset.StandardCharsets;
import java.nio.file.Files;
import java.nio.file.Path;
import java.nio.file.Paths;
import java.nio.file.StandardOpenOption;

public class FilesNewBufferedWriter {
    public static void main(String[] args) throws Exception {
        Path logFile = Paths.get("app.log");
        if (Files.notExists(logFile)) {

        try (BufferedWriter writer =
                     Files.newBufferedWriter(logFile, StandardCharsets.UTF_8,
                             StandardOpenOption.WRITE)) {

            for (int i = 0; i < 10; i++) {
                writer.write(String.format("Message %s%n", i));
        } catch (Exception e) {

Because we use the StandardOpenOption.WRITE we have to make sure that the file to be written is exists. If the file is not available we will get error like java.nio.file.NoSuchFileException.