Python Os.tempnam() Method



Python method tempnam() returns a unique path name that is reasonable for creating a temporary file.


Following is the syntax for tempnam() method:

os.tempnam(dir, prefix)


  • dir − This is the dir where the temporary filename will be created.
  • prefix − This is the prefix of the generated temporary filename.

Return Value

This method returns a unique path.


The following example shows the usage of tempnam() method.

# !/usr/bin/python

import os, sys

# prefix is tuts1 of the generated file
tmpfn = os.tempnam('/tmp/tutorialsdir,'tuts1')

print "This is the unique path:"
print tmpfn

When we run the above program, it produces the following result:

This is the unique path:

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