Move File from a Directory to Another Directory With Java

Shahriar Shovon

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There's no move() method on Java's File class. But there's a renameTo() method. We can use this method to move files on Java. Let's see how that works. import java.io.File; public class MoveFileTest { public static void main(String[] args) { File srcFile = new File("test/file.txt"); File destFile = new File("test2/file.txt"); srcFile.renameTo(destFile); } } The file file.txt should move from test directory to test2 directory.

Cross Platform Version:

The code I've written before was for Linux only. But if you want it to work on both Linux and Windows you can rewrite the program as follows. import java.io.File; public class MoveFileTest { public static void main(String[] args) { File srcFile = new File("test" + File.separator + "file.txt"); File destFile = new File("test2" + File.separator + "file.txt"); srcFile.renameTo(destFile); } }

Cross Platform and Modular Version:

If you want a more modular and reusable version of the code, you can rewrite the program as follows. import java.io.File; public class MoveFileTest { public static void main(String[] args) { moveFile("file.txt", "test", "test2"); } private static void moveFile(String name, String srcDir, String dstDir) { File srcFile = new File( srcDir + File.separator + name); File destFile = new File(dstDir + File.separator + name); srcFile.renameTo(destFile); } } Here I've created a method moveFile() to move files. Now I can just call the method whenever I want to move a file.