I need to move my folder with many subfolders to another path.

I'm using putty and this is what I tried: MV -r fromflderpath tofolderpath

What am I doing wrong?

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    I presume you are entering the command 'mv' and NOT 'MV'.
    – mdpc
    Oct 31, 2012 at 17:59

6 Answers 6


The mv command doesn't have an -R flag, it moves folders recursively:

sudo mv fromPath/ toPath/


If you want a file not to be replaced, use the -i for being prompted in case a file with the same name exists.

  • :I've a file,i've to move this to another directory but in this directory,i've a file with same name.what is the command to move it ,if i move,will i get replaced.
    – ram
    Oct 31, 2012 at 17:52
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    am I missing something here? mv moves a folder and all its contents without any flags. no cp -r;rm -r needed Oct 31, 2012 at 18:16
  • sorry, my bad. :) Oct 31, 2012 at 18:23
  • I barely remember needing to use sudo...
    – Honey
    Jan 1, 2021 at 20:43

For those trying to move folder, on Ubuntu using Putty, just use the following command:

sudo mv /fromPath/ /toPath/

for example:

sudo mv /root/folder1 /home/folder2/

"/" in the end means you are going to move folder1 inside folder2

If you don't, you will get "no such file or directory"

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    "/" in the end means you are going to move folder1 inside folder2 <- Pure gold thanks! Sep 21, 2020 at 18:34
  • I tested on Ubuntu 20.04, and found that we don't need the / at the end. with or without /, the results are the same: move folder1 to the inside of folder2. But anyways, it's good practice to put the trailing / at the end, just in case of some mistakes.(check this out).
    – starriet
    Feb 20, 2022 at 3:44

This worked for me:

mv src_folder target_folder/src_folder

i.e. not mv src_folder target_folder/

  • worked for me on macOS
    – Gi0rgi0s
    Apr 3, 2020 at 19:55

If it's hard to use pure shell commands, then you can install Midnight Commander, console application that makes it easier:

$ sudo apt-get install mc

Midnight Commander Screenshot

In Midnight Commander to move folder or file from one panel to another is F6, copy F5.

$ mc

If you need root access

$ sudo mc

If you want to have a mouse support

$ sudo apt-get install gpm

If you want to empty fromflderpath without renaming it, stand in the folder and use

mv * ../tofolderpath/

sudo mv source_folder/* target_folder/

and if you have like:


all of them will be moved under target_folder like:


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