I need a batch file that will locate the most recent file in a folder and copy only that file to anther folder.

Posted on 2011-03-05
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I need a batch file that will locate the most recent file in a folder and copy only that file to anther folder.
Question by:SteveIBS
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Lee W, MVP earned 1600 total points
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I believe this should do the trick

@echo off
for /f "tokens=*" %%a in ('dir /b /od "c:\source\path"') do @set LastFile=%%a
copy "c:\source\path\%lastFile%" "c:\target\path"

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Or PowerShell oneliner...
$var = Get-ChildItem SOURCE | Sort-Object CreationTime -Descending; Copy-Item $var[0] DESTINATION

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CreationTime - date/time when the file was created. You can change it to LastWriteTime if you new most recently written file.
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Qlemo earned 400 total points
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@echo off
set LastFile=
for /f "tokens=*" %%F in ('dir /b /o:-d "c:\source\path"') do if not defined LastFile set LastFile=%%F
copy "c:\source\path\%LastFile%" "c:\target\path"

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