This function writes a report_spec object to the file system, using the specifications provided in the object.

  file_path = NULL,
  output_type = NULL,
  preview = NULL,
  log = TRUE



The report object to write.


The file name and path to write the report to. If supplied, this parameter overrides the file_path parameter on the create_report function. Default is NULL.


The output file type. This parameter will override the output_type on the create_report function. This parameter can be used to output the same report object to multiple output types. Default value is NULL, meaning it will not override the create_report value. Valid values are 'TXT', 'RTF', 'DOCX', 'PDF' and 'HTML'.


Whether to write the entire report, or a report preview. A report preview is a subset of pages of the report. The default value is NULL, meaning the entire report will be written. You may also pass a number of pages to write. For example, passing the number 1 will print the first page, while passing a 5 will print the first five pages.


Whether the function should log itself automatically, if the logr package is available. This parameter is used internally. Default is TRUE.


The report spec, with settings modified during rendering. These modified settings can sometimes be useful for documentation, and for debugging issues with the procedure.


The function renders the report in the requested format, and writes it to the location specified in the report file_path parameter. Attempts to write an object that is not of class "report_spec" will generate an error.

The write_report function is a driver for very complex set of rendering functions. The rendering functions perform most of the advanced functionality of the reporter package: generating spanning headers, page wrapping and breaking, creating stub columns, etc. When things go wrong, they will usually go wrong during this function call. For that reason, although this function can be part of the pipeline that creates the report object, it is best to call write_report independently, to help isolate any issues from the report definition procedure.



# Create temp file path
tmp <- file.path(tempdir(), "beaver2.txt")

# Take Sample of Data
dat <- beaver2[sample(1:100, 15), ]

# Create format for active variable
fmt <- value(condition(x == 0, "No"),
             condition(x == 1, "Yes"))

# Create the table
tbl <- create_table(dat) %>% 
  titles("Table 1.0", "BEAVERS Sample Report") %>% 
  column_defaults(width = .75) %>% 
  define(day, label = "Day", format = "Day %s") %>% 
  define(time, label = "Time") %>% 
  define(temp, label = "Temperature", width = 1, format = "%.1f") %>% 
  define(activ,label = "Active", format = fmt) %>% 
  footnotes("* NOTE: Data on beaver habits")

# Create the report object
rpt <- create_report(tmp) %>% 
  add_content(tbl, align = "left") 

# Write the report to the file system
res <- write_report(rpt)

# Write the modified report object to the console

# Write the report to console
writeLines(readLines(tmp, encoding = "UTF-8"))

#                 Table 1.0
#           BEAVERS Sample Report
#      Day      Time  Temperature    Active
# -----------------------------------------
#  Day 307      1020         37.2        No
#  Day 307      1030         37.2        No
#  Day 307       940         36.7        No
#  Day 307      1340         37.1        No
#  Day 307      1410         37.2        No
#  Day 307      1400         37.1        No
#  Day 307      1130         36.9        No
#  Day 307      1140         37.0        No
#  Day 307      1120         37.0        No
#  Day 307      1000         37.1        No
#  Day 307      1250         37.0        No
#  Day 307      2100         37.9       Yes
#  Day 307      1210         37.0        No
#  Day 307      1740         38.0       Yes
#  Day 308       130         37.8       Yes
# * NOTE: Data on beaver habits