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How to make a file read-only

This tutorial demonstrate how to create file and set its attribute read-only


This example demonstrate how to create a file and how to revoke the write permission of the same file. The method createFile creates a file with a specified name and setWritable(false) revoke the write persmission.. The method canWrite() returns booleasn value which whether the file is write-able or not..



public class FileAttributes {
  public static void main(String[] argsthrows IOException {
    File file = new File("newfile.txt");
    if (file.exists()) {
    System.out.println("writable : " + file.canWrite());
    System.out.println("writable : " + file.canWrite());


Note : Execution of this program will create a file with specified name with read-only attribute. You can also check the the file properties, by default it is read-only.


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