How Could i copy or cut a file from a directory to another directory?

I mean in command line!

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    You might also want to look at their man pages Copy and Move
    – atenz
    Jul 16, 2012 at 11:15

3 Answers 3


Simple: type in terminal

For copy

cp /PATH1/file [file2 file3 ...] /PATH2/[newfilename or noting to use the same name]

and for more info about cp use man cp

For cut(move and rename)

mv /PATH1/file /PATH2/[newfilename or noting to use the same name]

and for more info about mv use man mv

  • thank you! but i have to use just mv and cp? copy and move didn`t work? Jul 16, 2012 at 11:13
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    you @MiladSobhkhiz can use copy and move too, depending in what os you are using....
    – hingev
    Jul 16, 2012 at 11:21
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    He said, he is using Ubuntu
    – Anwar
    Jul 16, 2012 at 11:29
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    The correct commands are mv and cp. You can create alias if you want and make copy respond to cp for example.
    – LnxSlck
    Jul 16, 2012 at 11:35

Hi here we go with a practical example:

1. Copy 

    raja@badfox:~/Folder$ mkdir copy
    raja@badfox:~/Folder$ mkdir move
    raja@badfox:~/Folder$ touch file1 file2 file3 file4
    raja@badfox:~/Folder$ cp file1 copy
    raja@badfox:~/Folder$ ls copy

2. Move

    raja@badfox:~/Folder$ ls
    copy  file1  file2  file3  file4  move
    raja@badfox:~/Folder$ mv file2 move
    raja@badfox:~/Folder$ ls move
    raja@badfox:~/Folder$ ls
    copy  file1  file3  file4  move

3. Rename

    raja@badfox:~/Folder$ mv file3 file2
    raja@badfox:~/Folder$ ls
    copy  file1  file2  file4  move

Here is my view of it. You want to move file1 from dir1 to file2 in dir2, So here is how: mv /PATH/TO/FILE1/ /PATH/TO/FILE2/ practical example: ~/Documents$ ls text.txt
cd .. cd Desktop ls
cd .. mv ~/Documents/text.txt/ ~/Desktop/text.txt cd Desktop ls

Hope it helps and isn't too complicated :D

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