How to copy file in Java?

Posted on 2001-08-26
Last Modified: 2012-08-13

I want to know how to copy file in Java? In VC++, it has a function CopyFile to do that but i can't find it in Java. It has other method to do so in Java?


Question by:gene777
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Unfortunatelt there is no copy method in Java.
You have to do it by hand ie. open and read file, and write to copy file.

Alternatively you can use a platform dependant solution using System.exec() to call the OS's copy command.

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Hello gene777
Though copy is not possible through a method as such,
you can "cut paste" a file  with the method renameTo() of the class File.
However if you just want to copy you will have to do it manually as objects mentioned.




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You can do something like this:

      // read in file
      File                 myFileIn               = null;
      FileInputStream      myFileInputStream      = null;
      BufferedInputStream  myBufferedInputStream  = null;

      myFileIn               = new File (aSrcFileName);
      myFileInputStream      = new FileInputStream   (myFileIn);
      myBufferedInputStream  = new BufferedInputStream (myFileInputStream);

      // write file to new name (a copy like operation)
      File                 myFileOut              = null;
      FileOutputStream     myFileOutputStream     = null;
      BufferedOutputStream myBufferedOutputStream = null;

      myFileOut              = new File (aDestFileName);
      myFileOutputStream     = new FileOutputStream  (myFileOut);
      myBufferedOutputStream = new BufferedOutputStream (myFileOutputStream);

      for (long i = 0L; i < myFileIn.length (); i++)
         myBufferedOutputStream.write ( ());

      myBufferedOutputStream.flush ();
      myBufferedOutputStream.close ();
      myBufferedInputStream.close ();

 Where you supply aSrcFileName and aDestFileName.

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As far as i know there is no copy file method in Java. Instead you can use the following code:

BufferedInputStream file1 = new BufferedInputStream(new FileInputStream("c:/dir/new/file1.txt"));

BufferedOutputStream file2 = new BufferedOutputStream(new FileOutputStream("c:/dir/new/file45.txt"));

     while( file1.available() > 0)
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public class Copy {
    public static void main(String[] args) throws IOException {
     File firstFile = new File("file1.txt");
     File secondFile = new File("file2.txt");

        FileReader in = new FileReader(firstFile);
        FileWriter out = new FileWriter(secondFile);
        int c;

        while ((c = != -1)


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