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FileQ

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Test if a file exists

Contributed by: Taliesin Beynon

ResourceFunction["FileQ"][path]

returns True if path exists and is an ordinary file.

Details and Options

FileQ does not recognize directories.

Examples

Basic Examples

Export a plot as a GIF:

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Export["test.gif", Plot[Sin[x], {x, 0, 10}]]
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ResourceFunction["FileQ"][%]
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Create an empty file:

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Put[FileNameJoin[{$TemporaryDirectory, "temp.txt"}]]
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ResourceFunction["FileQ"][
 FileNameJoin[{$TemporaryDirectory, "temp.txt"}]]
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Find a file:

In[5]:=
FileNames[$InstallationDirectory <> "/*"]
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In[6]:=
ResourceFunction["FileQ"] /@ %
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Possible Issues

FileQ does not work with directories:

In[7]:=
filename = CreateDirectory[];
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ResourceFunction["FileQ"][filename]
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FileExistsQ[filename]
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In[10]:=
FileType[filename]
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Requirements

Wolfram Language 11.3 (March 2018) or above

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