I have two folders src and dest:



I would like to copy all files inside src into dest. I have tried copy src dest but that destroys everything that is inside dest.

Is they a way to copy all files/folders inside src into dest ?

how the dest folder should be after the copy:


xcopy /s src\*.* dest doesn't work for you?

If you specify only the folder, it replaces the entire folder for you. When you specify the items inside the folder (with *.*), it copies the actual files instead of the folder.

Example below:

C:\Users\User>xcopy /s test\*.* test2
2 File(s) copied

C:\Users\User>dir test2
 Volume in drive C has no label.
 Volume Serial Number is 3018-ED8A

 Directory of C:\Users\User\test2

06/02/2014  09:38 AM    <DIR>          .
06/02/2014  09:38 AM    <DIR>          ..
06/02/2014  09:37 AM                 5 1.txt
06/02/2014  09:37 AM                 5 2.txt
06/02/2014  09:37 AM                 5 3.txt
  • Actually this doesn't work either because I would like to copy the folders that are in src too – edi9999 Feb 6 '14 at 17:14
  • @edi9999 edited – Canadian Luke Feb 6 '14 at 17:16
  • I get "The syntax of the command is incorrect. " My command : copy C:\\wamp\\www\\poker-tell\\server\\*.* C:\\wamp\\www\\poker-tell\\build\\window /s – edi9999 Feb 6 '14 at 17:26
  • Why are you using double backslashes? And the /s should go before the paths – Canadian Luke Feb 6 '14 at 17:28
  • This command : copy /s C:\wamp\www\poker-tell\server\*.* C:\wamp\www\poker-tell\build\window raises the same error – edi9999 Feb 6 '14 at 17:31

I finally used

robocopy src\ dest /E

which is able to copy even files with long paths.


I think You should use xcopy command. It copies all file structure within the directory:

xcopy src dest /s /e

This two parameters instruct it to copy all files directories within src including empty ones

  • I get "insufficient memory" (seems that the content of the paths of some of the files exceed 254) – edi9999 Feb 6 '14 at 17:24
  • Well, it's possible. Why do You need it to do in CLI anyway - maybe it's easier to do another way? Using third-party utils? – AKarpun Feb 6 '14 at 17:43
  • I needed it to be done in command line because it's a task I wanted to do often (it's part off the creation of an installer) – edi9999 Feb 6 '14 at 19:51
  • Robocopy is a replacement for xcopy and as such is probably better going forward. – dr.nixon Feb 18 '14 at 23:30
copy scr dest

should be enough altough it will not copy subdirectories

if you have same file in the destination folder you should have a message like this one:

C:\>copy tmp tmp2
Overwrite tmp2\mal.log? (Yes/No/All): no
        3 file(s) copied.
  • I would like to copy subdirectories too... – edi9999 Feb 6 '14 at 17:26

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