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move copy file operations in java  using -'java,file,copy,move'

asked Sep 10, 2015 by LaraMilburn7
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Here's how to do this with java.nio operations:

public static void copyFile(File sourceFile, File destFile) throws IOException {
    if(!destFile.exists()) {

    FileChannel source = null;
    FileChannel destination = null;
    try {
        source = new FileInputStream(sourceFile).getChannel();
        destination = new FileOutputStream(destFile).getChannel();

        // previous code: destination.transferFrom(source, 0, source.size());
        // to avoid infinite loops, should be:
        long count = 0;
        long size = source.size();              
        while((count += destination.transferFrom(source, count, size-count))
answered Sep 10, 2015 by ShaunteRymil
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Not yet, but the New NIO (JSR 203) will have support for these common operations.

In the meantime, there are a few things to keep in mind.

File.renameTo generally works only on the same file system volume. I think of this as the equivalent to a "mv" command. Use it if you can, but for general copy and move support, you'll need to have a fallback.

When a rename doesn't work you will need to actually copy the file (deleting the original with File.delete if it's a "move" operation). To do this with the greatest efficiency, use the FileChannel.transferTo or FileChannel.transferFrom methods. The implementation is platform specific, but in general, when copying from one file to another, implementations avoid transporting data back and forth between kernel and user space, yielding a big boost in efficiency.

answered Sep 10, 2015 by QuiRoque
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Check out:

It has copy, and as stated the JDK already has move.

Don't implement your own copy method. There are so many floating out there...

answered Sep 10, 2015 by LorR73
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Previous answers seem to be outdated.

Java's File.renameTo() is probably the easiest solution for API 7, and seems to work fine. Be carefull IT DOES NOT THROW EXCEPTIONS, but returns true/false!!!

Note that there seem to be problems with it in previous versions (same as NIO).

If you need to use a previous version, check here.

Here's an example for API7:
        File f1= new File("C:\\Users\\.....\\foo");
        File f2= new File("C:\\Users\\......\\foo.old");
        System.err.println("Result of move:"+f1.renameTo(f2));


    System.err.println("Move:" +f1.toURI() +"--->>>>"+f2.toURI());
    Path b1=Files.move(f1.toPath(),  f2.toPath(), StandardCopyOption.ATOMIC_MOVE ,StandardCopyOption.REPLACE_EXISTING ););
    System.err.println("Move: RETURNS:"+b1);
answered Sep 10, 2015 by FannySkurrie
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Try to use (General file manipulation utilities). Facilities are provided in the following methods:

(1) FileUtils.moveDirectory(File srcDir, File destDir) => Moves a directory.

(2) FileUtils.moveDirectoryToDirectory(File src, File destDir, boolean createDestDir) => Moves a directory to another directory.

(3) FileUtils.moveFile(File srcFile, File destFile) => Moves a file.

(4) FileUtils.moveFileToDirectory(File srcFile, File destDir, boolean createDestDir) => Moves a file to a directory.

(5) FileUtils.moveToDirectory(File src, File destDir, boolean createDestDir) => Moves a file or directory to the destination directory.

It's simple, easy and fast.

answered Sep 10, 2015 by BriAlcantar