Copying a File or Directory
You can copy a file or directory by using the
copy(Path, Path, CopyOption...) method. The copy fails if the target file exists, unless the
REPLACE_EXISTING option is specified.
Directories can be copied. However, files inside the directory are not copied, so the new directory is empty even when the original directory contains files.
When copying a symbolic link, the target of the link is copied. If you want to copy the link itself, and not the contents of the link, specify either the
This method takes a varargs argument. The following
LinkOption enums are supported:
REPLACE_EXISTING– Performs the copy even when the target file already exists. If the target is a symbolic link, the link itself is copied (and not the target of the link). If the target is a non-empty directory, the copy fails with the
COPY_ATTRIBUTES– Copies the file attributes associated with the file to the target file. The exact file attributes supported are file system and platform dependent, but
last-modified-timeis supported across platforms and is copied to the target file.
NOFOLLOW_LINKS– Indicates that symbolic links should not be followed. If the file to be copied is a symbolic link, the link is copied (and not the target of the link).
If you are not familiar with
enums, see Enum Types.
The following shows how to use the
import static java.nio.file.StandardCopyOption.*; ... Files.copy(source, target, REPLACE_EXISTING);
In addition to file copy, the
Files class also defines methods that may be used to copy between a file and a stream. The
copy(InputStream, Path, CopyOptions...) method may be used to copy all bytes from an input stream to a file. The
copy(Path, OutputStream) method may be used to copy all bytes from a file to an output stream.