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How to copy a file from one directory to another using PHP ?
  • Last Updated : 25 Sep, 2019

The copy() function in PHP is used to copy a file from source to target or destination directory. It makes a copy of the source file to the destination file and if the destination file already exists, it gets overwritten. The copy() function returns true on success and false on failure.

Syntax:

bool copy( string $source, string $destination, resource $context )

Parameters: This function uses three parameters source, destination and context which are listed below:

  • $source: It specifies the path of the source file.
  • $destination: It specifies the path of the destination file or folder.
  • $context: It specifies the context resource created with stream_context_create() function. It is optional parameter.

Return: It returns a boolean value, either true (on success) or false (on failure).

Examples:

Input : $source = 'Source_file_location'
        $destination = 'Destination_file_location'
        copy( $source, $destination )

Output: true
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<?php 
  
// Copy the file from /user/desktop/geek.txt 
// to user/Downloads/geeksforgeeks.txt'
// directory
  
// Store the path of source file
$source = '/user/Desktop/geek.txt'
  
// Store the path of destination file
$destination = 'user/Downloads/geeksforgeeks.txt'
  
// Copy the file from /user/desktop/geek.txt 
// to user/Downloads/geeksforgeeks.txt'
// directory
if( !copy($source, $destination) ) { 
    echo "File can't be copied! \n"
else
    echo "File has been copied! \n"
  
?> 

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Output:

File has been copied!

Reference: https://www.php.net/manual/en/function.copy.php

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