How to move Files and Directories in Python
Python provides functionality to move files or directories from one location to another location. This can be achieved using
shutil.move() function from shutil module.
shutil.move() method Recursively moves a file or directory (source) to another location (destination) and returns the destination. If the destination directory already exists then src is moved inside that directory. If the destination already exists but is not a directory then it may be overwritten depending on
Syntax: shutil.move(source, destination, copy_function = copy2)
source: A string representing the path of the source file.
destination: A string representing the path of the destination directory.
copy_function (optional): The default value of this parameter is copy2. We can use other copy functions like copy, copytree, etc for this parameter.
Return Value: This method returns a string that represents the path of a newly created file.
We want to move directory B into directory A. Below is the implementation.
Example #2: Now let’s suppose we want to move all the sub-directories and files of above directory A to directory G using
shutil.copytree() and the destination directory does not exist. Below is the implementation.