move is a command in various command-line interpreters (shells) such as
cmd.exe, 4DOS/4NT, and PowerShell. It is used to move one or more files or directories from one place to another. The original file is deleted, and the new file may have the same or a different name. The command is analogous to the Unix
mv command and to the OpenVOS
|Developer(s)||Microsoft, IBM, JP Software, DR, Novell, Joe Cosentino, ReactOS Contributors|
|Operating system||MS-DOS, PC DOS, MSX-DOS, OS/2, eComStation, ArcaOS, Windows, DR DOS, FreeDOS, ReactOS|
The command is available in DOS, IBM OS/2, Microsoft Windows and ReactOS. On MS-DOS, the command is available in versions 6 and later. In Windows PowerShell,
move is a predefined command alias for the
Move-Item Cmdlet which basically serves the same purpose. The FreeDOS version was developed by Joe Cosentino. DR DOS 6.0 includes an implementation of the
move command. The open-source MS-DOS emulator DOSBox has no
MOVE command. Instead, the
REN command can be used to move files.
To move one or more files:
MOVE [/Y | /-Y] [drive:][path]filename1[,...] destination
To rename a directory:
MOVE [/Y | /-Y] [drive:][path]dirname1 [destination\]dirname2
To move a directory:
MOVE [/Y | /-Y] [drive:][path]dirname1 destination
- [drive:][path]filename1: Specifies the location and name of the file or files you want to move.
- destination: Specifies the new location of the file or directory. Destination can consist of a drive letter and colon, a directory name, or a combination, and must already exist. If you are moving only one file, you can also include a filename if you want to rename the file when you move it.
- [drive:][path]dirname1: Specifies the directory you want to rename or move.
- dirname2: Specifies the new name of the directory.
- /Y: Suppresses prompting to confirm you want to overwrite an existing destination file.
- /-Y: Causes prompting to confirm you want to overwrite an existing destination file.
The switch /Y may be present in the COPYCMD environment variable. This may be overridden with /-Y on the command line. Default is to prompt on overwrites unless MOVE command is being executed from within a batch script.
- When moving a directory, dirname1 and its contents wind up as a subfolder beneath destination. Caution is advised - if the final subfolder of the destination path does not exist, dirname1 will be both moved and renamed.
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move_dir: Purpose: This command moves a directory and its contents from one place to another. ... move_file: Purpose: This command moves a file or set of files to another file or directory.
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