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Specify file to read its content into variable that can be accessed from other Action within the same Task by using Variable Wizard.

File Use file name or Variable Wizard to specify file to be read.
BrowseBrowse buttonUse Browse to select a particular file or folder on local disk, network share on LAN (local area network), etc.
Variable WizardVariable Wizard buttonUse dynamic data input—substitute a parameter from a file, web, connected Trigger, other Actions, date and time presets, etc.
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  • Dynamic variables & Events of the Read from File. Access the file content, filename, byte count, and text length if the file contains textual data in any encoding. Events indicating successful or failed file reads are also shown in the log.


  • Automation Workshop supports Unicode file names and a path of up to 32,000 characters.
  • Read file Action automatically detects UTF-8, UTF-16, UTF-7, and US-ASCII encodings.
  • It is not designed for reading contents of large files into memory. Normally, no more than about 100MB file sizes are recommended; however, files up to 500–1000MB can easily be read, depending on the particular task and computer memory configuration. The upper limit is 4GB for the 64-bit edition.


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