Moving all files from one directory to another using Python

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I want to move all text files from one folder to another folder using Python. I found this code:

import os, shutil, glob

dst = '/path/to/dir/Caches/com.apple.Safari/WebKitCache/Version\ 4/Blobs '
try:
    os.makedirs(/path/to/dir/Tumblr/Uploads) # create destination directory, if needed (similar to mkdir -p)
except OSError:
    # The directory already existed, nothing to do
    pass

for txt_file in glob.iglob('*.txt'):
    shutil.copy2(txt_file, dst)

I would want it to move all the files in the Blob folder. I am not getting an error, but it is also not moving the files.

This question is tagged with python directory move

~ Asked on 2017-01-24 11:18:38

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Try this:

import shutil
import os
    
source_dir = '/path/to/source_folder'
target_dir = '/path/to/dest_folder'
    
file_names = os.listdir(source_dir)
    
for file_name in file_names:
    shutil.move(os.path.join(source_dir, file_name), target_dir)

~ Answered on 2017-01-24 11:36:16


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suprised this doesn't have an answer using pathilib which was introduced in python 3.4+

additionally, shutil updated in python 3.6 to accept a pathlib object more details in this PEP-0519

Pathlib

from pathlib import Path

src_path = '\tmp\files_to_move'

for each_file in Path(src_path).glob('*.*'): # grabs all files
    trg_path = each_file.parent.parent # gets the parent of the folder 
    each_file.rename(trg_path.joinpath(each_file.name)) # moves to parent folder.

Pathlib & shutil to copy files.

from pathlib import Path
import shutil

src_path = '\tmp\files_to_move'
trg_path = '\tmp'

for src_file in Path(src_path).glob('*.*'):
    shutil.copy(src_file, trg_path)

~ Answered on 2020-04-05 13:13:21


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