function file_unmanaged_save_data

Saves a string to the specified destination without invoking file API.

This function is identical to file_save_data() except the file will not be saved to the {file_managed} table and none of the file_* hooks will be called.


$data: A string containing the contents of the file.

$destination: A string containing the destination location. This must be a stream wrapper URI. If no value is provided, a randomized name will be generated and the file will be saved using Drupal's default files scheme, usually "public://".

$replace: Replace behavior when the destination file already exists:

Return value

A string with the path of the resulting file, or FALSE on error.

See also


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10 calls to file_unmanaged_save_data()
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Creates a valid but empty OPML file.
AggregatorTestCase::getInvalidOpml in drupal/modules/aggregator/aggregator.test
Creates an invalid OPML file.
AggregatorTestCase::getValidOpml in drupal/modules/aggregator/aggregator.test
Creates a valid OPML file from an array of feeds.
drupal_build_css_cache in drupal/includes/
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drupal_build_js_cache in drupal/includes/
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drupal/includes/, line 1959
API for handling file uploads and server file management.


function file_unmanaged_save_data($data, $destination = NULL, $replace = FILE_EXISTS_RENAME) {

  // Write the data to a temporary file.
  $temp_name = drupal_tempnam('temporary://', 'file');
  if (file_put_contents($temp_name, $data) === FALSE) {
    drupal_set_message(t('The file could not be created.'), 'error');
    return FALSE;

  // Move the file to its final destination.
  return file_unmanaged_move($temp_name, $destination, $replace);