FME templates can include source datasets within the file. Both a workspace example and the data required to run the workspace can be bundled together. If feature caching is enabled, you can even include data caches, which allow you to run and inspect select portions of a workspace.
Templates have the file extension .fmwt.
There are several advantages to using templates in Workbench:
- Wrapping up source data, cached data, and a workspace inside a single file makes it very easy to provide a set of related files to another user.
- When a series of workspaces use the same source or destination data, a template allows you to duplicate Readers and Writers without having to recreate the workspace each time.
- Templates are a great way to store a set of processing tasks for re-use. You can create a workspace from the template and add your own readers and writers.