Moves or renames one or more files.

FileMove SourcePattern, DestPattern , Overwrite



Type: String

The name of a single file or a wildcard pattern such as C:\Temp\*.tmp. SourcePattern is assumed to be in A_WorkingDir if an absolute path isn't specified.


Type: String

The name or pattern of the destination, which is assumed to be in A_WorkingDir if an absolute path isn't specified.

If present, the first asterisk (*) in the filename is replaced with the source filename excluding its extension, while the first asterisk after the last full stop (.) is replaced with the source file's extension. If an asterisk is present but the extension is omitted, the source file's extension is used.

To perform a simple move -- retaining the existing file name(s) -- specify only the folder name as shown in these mostly equivalent examples:

FileMove "C:\*.txt", "C:\My Folder"
FileMove "C:\*.txt", "C:\My Folder\*.*"

The destination directory must already exist. If My Folder does not exist, the first example above will use "My Folder" as the target filename, while the second example will move no files.


Type: Integer (boolean)

This parameter determines whether to overwrite files if they already exist. If this parameter is 1 (true), the function overwrites existing files. If omitted or 0 (false), the function does not overwrite existing files.

Error Handling

An exception is thrown if any files failed to be moved, and Exception.Extra is set to the number of failures. If no files were found, an exception is thrown only if SourcePattern lacks the wildcards * and ?. In other words, moving a wildcard pattern such as "*.txt" is considered a success when it does not match any files.

Unlike FileCopy, moving a file onto itself is always considered successful, even if the overwrite mode is not in effect.

If files were found, A_LastError is set to 0 (zero) or the result of the operating system's GetLastError() function immediately after the last failure. Otherwise A_LastError contains an error code that might indicate why no files were found.


FileMove moves files only. To instead move the contents of a folder (all its files and subfolders), see the examples section below. To move or rename a single folder, use DirMove.

The operation will continue even if error(s) are encountered.

Although this function is capable of moving files to a different volume, the operation will take longer than a same-volume move. This is because a same-volume move is similar to a rename, and therefore much faster.


FileCopy, DirCopy, DirMove, FileDelete



FileMove "C:\My Documents\List1.txt", "D:\Main Backup\"  ; Move the file without renaming it.
FileMove "C:\File Before.txt", "C:\File After.txt"  ; Rename a single file.
FileMove "C:\Folder1\*.txt", "D:\New Folder\*.bkp"  ; Move and rename files to a new extension.

#2: The following example moves all files and folders inside a folder to a different folder:

ErrorCount := MoveFilesAndFolders("C:\My Folder\*.*", "D:\Folder to receive all files & folders")
if ErrorCount != 0
    MsgBox ErrorCount " files/folders could not be moved."

MoveFilesAndFolders(SourcePattern, DestinationFolder, DoOverwrite := false)
; Moves all files and folders matching SourcePattern into the folder named DestinationFolder and
; returns the number of files/folders that could not be moved.
    ErrorCount := 0
    if DoOverwrite = 1
        DoOverwrite := 2  ; See DirMove for description of mode 2 vs. 1.
    ; First move all the files (but not the folders):
        FileMove SourcePattern, DestinationFolder, DoOverwrite
    catch Err
        ErrorCount := Err.Extra
    ; Now move all the folders:
    Loop Files, SourcePattern, "D"  ; D means "retrieve folders only".
            DirMove A_LoopFilePath, DestinationFolder "\" A_LoopFileName, DoOverwrite
            ErrorCount += 1
            ; Report each problem folder by name.
            MsgBox "Could not move " A_LoopFilePath " into " DestinationFolder
    return ErrorCount