WriteLinesToFile Task


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Writes the paths of the specified items to the specified text file.

Task Parameters

The following table describes the parameters of the WriteLinestoFile task.

Parameter Description
File Required ITaskItem parameter.

Specifies the file to write the items to.
Lines Optional ITaskItem[] parameter.

Specifies the items to write to the file.
Overwrite Optional Boolean parameter.

If true, the task overwrites any existing content in the file.
Encoding Optional String parameter.

Selects the character encoding, for example, "Unicode". See also Encoding.


If Overwrite is true, creates a new file, write the contents to the file, and then closes the file. If the target file already exists, it is overwritten. If Overwrite is false, appends the contents to file, creating the target file if it does not already exist.

In addition to the parameters listed above, this task inherits parameters from the TaskExtension class, which itself inherits from the Task class. For a list of these additional parameters and their descriptions, see TaskExtension Base Class.


The following example uses the WriteLinesToFile task to write the paths of the items in the MyItems item collection to the file specified by the MyTextFile item collection.

<Project xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/developer/msbuild/2003">  
        <MyTextFile Include="Items.txt"/>  
        <MyItems Include="*.cs"/>  
    <Target Name="WriteToFile">  

See Also

Task Reference