Working with Files#

Edge provides a highly scalable built-in storage space for files and folders. This is in addition to data accessed remotely with Data Connectors, and the local files managed in the Analysis App.

Files stored in Edge's internal storage can be accessed by multiple users in your organization; they are also accessible in Jupyter notebooks via the edge built-in object. Note that while files are accessible to all users of your organization, they cannot be viewed or modified by anyone outside of your organization.

Browsing and opening files#

You can explore your files interactively using the Data App file viewer. Files and folders can also be accessed programmatically via the edge object automatically added to your Jupyter notebook. For example, to list the contents of the root folder (top of the file tree), simply call edge.files.list() in a notebook cell.


In this document, code preceded by >>> indicates Python code that can be included in a Python cell in a Jupyter Notebook. You run the code by entering it into the cell without the >>> and pressing Ctrl-Enter on your keyboard or pressing the Run button in the toolbar.

Running this code list your files stored on Edge:

>>> edge.files.list()
['Example Folder',
 'Imported Data',
 'My Data',

You can also list just files with list_files() or just folders with list_folders(), avoiding the need to process the results of list() to determine which is which.

You can use this interface to open either files or folders. Here, we open the "Imported Data" folder and assign it to a variable in the notebook. Opening a folder returns a Folder object:

>>> imported_folder ="Imported Data")
>>> type(imported_folder)

You can list the contents Listing the contents of this subfolder shows the files it contains:

>>> imported_folder.list()
['datacapture001.png', 'datacapture002.png']

This lets you explore the file tree step-by-step, by opening folders and subfolders in turn.

Of course, you can open an individual file, too. What do you get in return? That depends on the file type. For example, if we open the "data.csv" file in the root folder, Edge will automatically convert it to a Pandas dataframe for us:

>>> data ="data.csv")
>>> type(data)

Likewise, if we open an image file, we get a Python Imaging Library (PIL) image object:

>>> data ="image001.png")
>>> type(data)

Finally, if we just want the bytes of the file, we can get a raw "file-like" object by requesting that Edge open the file with a particular handler:

>>> data ="image001.png", open_with="file")
>>> type(data)

>>> databytes =
>>> type(databytes)

Downloading a file#

The simplest way to download a file to your desktop is to use the Data App. You can also download a file via the Edge API. Every Folder object in Edge has a download() method. Just specify the name of the file you want to retrieve:


If you list the contents of your Analysis App home directory, you'll see the downloaded file show up:

$ ls
MyNotebook.ipynb   image002.png


Running the function in a Jupyter Notebook in the Analysis App will download the file into the home directory of your Analysis App. If you wish to download files locally, use the Data App or a local instance of the EdgeSession object from the enthought_edge Python package, available from the Enthought Deployment Manager.

Uploading Files to Edge#

The simplest way to upload a file from your desktop to Edge is by dragging and dropping it into the Data App file browser. You can also upload files programmatically, using edge.files. Here's an example. Suppose you have a file called mydata.csv in your Analysis App local file tree. Then, to upload it to the root folder in Edge's internal file storage, you would open the file and pass it to edge.files.upload:

>>> with open('mydata.csv', 'rb') as myfile:
...     edge.files.upload('mydata.csv', myfile)


If a file by that name already exists, an edge.exceptions.AlreadyExists exception is raised.

Other file management operations#

In the right-click menus for the Data App file browser, you'll find multiple options to move or rename files & folders, in addition to the upload/download options described above. These also have counterparts in the Edge Python API.

For example, we can make a new folder in the root by calling make_folder:

>>> edge.files.make_folder('newfolder')

If we don't like the name of a file or folder, we can change it:

>>> edge.files.rename('newfolder', 'New Folder')

We can even move it into another folder:

>>> edge.files.move('New Folder', 'Imported Data/New Folder')

The destination of a move is relative to the Folder object whose move() method is being called. When moving, the destination is an optional path and a file or folder name. The difference between rename() and move() is the ability to specify a new subfolder (or subfolders) during a move().

And we can delete it:

>>> edge.files.delete('Imported Data/New Folder')

The delete operation will fail on a folder with an edge.exceptions.FolderNotEmpty exception if you try to delete a folder that is not empty.

Names and Paths#

For every Folder method except rename(), the file names can be specified as posix-style paths. Prefixing the path with / makes the path absolute from the root of the file system, otherwise the path is relative to the Folder that the operation is performed with. Posix operators . and .. are both honored.