I have a test file(test1.txt) in my desktop.This is its content.

FilePrint[FileNameJoin[{$HomeDirectory, "Desktop", "test1.txt"}]]
31.16   220.49774362741593
31.18   223.49849688143496
31.2    226.49924900492292
31.22   223.5
31.24   228.5
31.26   231.5
31.28   227.5
31.3    222.5
31.32   222.5
35.72   209.72984917230133
35.74   220.68588083509488

I try to use Import and Export in CloudDeploy.

 FormPage["fileAddress" -> 
   "String", (data = Import[#fileAddress, "Table"]; Sin[data]; 
    Export[FileNameJoin[{$HomeDirectory, "Desktop", "test.txt"}], 
     data]) &], Permissions -> "Public"]

Of course this action will get a error.But I have to say this two function can help a lot in real life.So any method or workaround can do this?


I want to create some CloudObject which have some specific function to help my friends who have no mma.I hope she upload test1.txt,then get test.txtin her local disk.Just by her browser.

  • $\begingroup$ Is something like this what you're looking for? It gives you an uploader which you can select from a file browser or click&drag into: CloudDeploy[FormFunction[{"data" -> "CSV"}, Print[#data] &]] $\endgroup$
    – ktm
    Sep 26 '16 at 17:44
  • $\begingroup$ note the 2nd argument isn't going to work, I just wanted to demonstrate the FormFunction upload page you'll see initially. $\endgroup$
    – ktm
    Sep 26 '16 at 17:45
  • $\begingroup$ @user6014 Wow,I have to say this is a wonderful comment.I think.it can replace that Import in my case.BTW,have you summarize other format also can realize such similar function except "CSV".Would you put your comment as a answer?I think it give very useful information to my question.And any workaround for Export? $\endgroup$
    – yode
    Sep 26 '16 at 18:51
  • $\begingroup$ I submitted an answer which hopefully helps for half the question, in regards to Export I think it's possible but I don't have time to look into it at the moment. $\endgroup$
    – ktm
    Sep 26 '16 at 19:01
  • $\begingroup$ @Kuba The problem of uploading files is seem to be solved by user6014.The remaining problem is how to put a result file into my local disk. $\endgroup$
    – yode
    Sep 29 '16 at 10:41

I do not think you can automatically save to someone's file system but you can create a download link, it is up to the user to click and get it:

  {"first" -> "Number", "second" -> "Number"}, 
  Module[{f = CreateFile[]},
      "<a href=\"``\" download>Click here to save test.txt</a>"
       URLShorten @@ CloudExport[#second + #first, "Text", "test.txt", 
         Permissions -> "Public"]
  ] &
 Permissions -> "Public"

This is an example with two numbers input but you can easily use user6014's suggestion for files uploading

{"data" -> "CSV"}

and process them however you want.

  • $\begingroup$ I will learn some knowledge of cloud then comment this answer.Thanks. :) $\endgroup$
    – yode
    Sep 29 '16 at 19:08
  • $\begingroup$ @yode Sure, let me know how does it work for you or if you need something more. $\endgroup$
    – Kuba
    Sep 29 '16 at 19:12
  • $\begingroup$ Not need something more.I just don't very like that link.The network is little weak in China.When I click the link,the browse sometime will give a hint that I cannot access it.So I look forward a file directly still.Well,I think the URLDownload can help.I will give a try for this tomorrow. $\endgroup$
    – yode
    Sep 29 '16 at 19:23
  • $\begingroup$ CloudDeploy[FormPage["file"->"Table",(URLDownload[Sequence@@CloudExport[Sin[#file],"Table",Permissions->"Public"],FileNameJoin[{$HomeDirectory,"Desktop","test.txt"}]])&],"testFile",Permissions->"Public"] is what I think.It seem browser cannot do such thing. $\endgroup$
    – yode
    Oct 2 '16 at 18:49
  • $\begingroup$ Little blemish,when I change it into CloudExport[Sin[#file], "Table", "test.txt", Permissions -> "Public"].I cannot get a real table file like Export.Actually the file is a table format. $\endgroup$
    – yode
    Oct 2 '16 at 19:09

FormFunction allows you to upload files directly into the browser, which should bypass your need for Import. If your typespec for your FormFunction is something which Mathematica knows is a file type then it will prompt you to upload a file in the deployed page:

CloudDeploy[FormFunction[{"data" -> "CSV"}, ...

Cloud data import

I believe any of the form specifications for Interpreter are valid typespecs in FormFunction (details and options):


  • $\begingroup$ This help me a lot,thanks. :) $\endgroup$
    – yode
    Sep 27 '16 at 6:34
  • $\begingroup$ I realize the new function URLDownload maybe can do this. $\endgroup$
    – yode
    Sep 29 '16 at 10:43

I have to declare that this answer is just combination with user6014's and Kuba's.I compose this for reading.I find the "Table" format maybe have some bug,which don't same to Export[*,"Table"].So I make a workaround by XLS for this target.

 FormPage["file" -> "Table", 
     "Click <a href=\"``\" download>here</a> to save as test.xls"][
    Sequence @@ 
     CloudExport[Sin[#file], "XLS", "test.xls", 
      Permissions -> "Public"]] &], Permissions -> "Public"]

You can use my test1.txt to test this cloud object.If anyone can give a method just using browser to save a file in local disk,I'd glad to kow still.


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