Quickstart: Temporary app data
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[ This article is for Windows 8.x and Windows Phone 8.x developers writing Windows Runtime apps. If you’re developing for Windows 10, see the latest documentation ]

Learn how to store and retrieve files from the temporary app data store.

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Get the container for the app's files

Use the ApplicationData.TemporaryFolder property to get the files. The next steps use the temporaryFolder variable from this step.

Windows.Storage.StorageFolder temporaryFolder = ApplicationData.Current.TemporaryFolder;

Write data to a file

Use the file APIs, such as Windows.Storage.StorageFolder.CreateFileAsync and Windows.Storage.FileIO.WriteTextAsync, to create and update a file in the temporary app data store. This example creates a file named dataFile.txt in the temporaryFolder container and writes the current date and time to the file. The ReplaceExisting value from the CreationCollisionOption enumeration indicates to replace the file if it already exists.

async void WriteTimestamp()
   Windows.Globalization.DateTimeFormatting.DateTimeFormatter formatter = 
       new Windows.Globalization.DatetimeFormatting.DateTimeFormatter("longtime");

   StorageFile sampleFile = await temporaryFolder.CreateFileAsync("dataFile.txt", 
   await FileIO.WriteTextAsync(sampleFile, formatter.Format(DateTime.Now));

Read data from a file

Use the file APIs, such as Windows.Storage.StorageFolder.GetFileAsync, Windows.Storage.StorageFile.GetFileFromApplicationUriAsync, and Windows.Storage.FileIO.ReadTextAsync, to open and read a file in the temporary app data store. This example opens the dataFile.txt file created in the previous step and reads the date from the file. For details on loading file resources from various locations see How to load file resources.

async void ReadTimestamp()
      StorageFile sampleFile = await temporaryFolder.GetFileAsync("dataFile.txt");
      String timestamp = await FileIO.ReadTextAsync(sampleFile);
      // Data is contained in timestamp
   catch (Exception)
      // Timestamp not found

Related topics

How to load file resources
Quickstart: Local app data
Quickstart: Roaming app data
Accessing app data with the Windows Runtime
Application data sample



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