Moves or renames one or more files.

FileMove, SourcePattern, DestPattern , Overwrite



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.


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.


This parameter specifies whether to overwrite files if they already exist. If omitted, it defaults to 0 (no overwriting). Otherwise, specify one of the following numbers:

0: Do not overwrite existing files. The operation will fail and have no effect if DestPattern already exists as a file or directory.

1: Overwrite existing files. However, any files or subfolders inside DestPattern that do not have a counterpart in SourcePattern will not be deleted.

This parameter can be an expression, even one that evaluates to 1, 0 or an empty string.

Error Handling

[v1.1.04+]: This command is able to throw an exception on failure. For more information, see Runtime Errors.

ErrorLevel is set to the number of files that could not be moved due to an error, or 0 otherwise. However, if the source file is a single file (no wildcards) and it does not exist, ErrorLevel is set to 0. To detect this condition, use FileExist() or IfExist on the source file prior to moving it.

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 FileMoveDir.

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

Although this command 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, FileCopyDir, FileMoveDir, FileDelete


Moves a file without renaming it.

FileMove, C:\My Documents\List1.txt, D:\Main Backup\

Renames a single file.

FileMove, C:\File Before.txt, C:\File After.txt

Moves text files to a new location and gives them a new extension.

FileMove, C:\Folder1\*.txt, D:\New Folder\*.bkp

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. This function requires [v1.0.38+]
; because it uses FileMoveDir's mode 2.
    if (DoOverwrite = 1)
        DoOverwrite := 2  ; See FileMoveDir for description of mode 2 vs. 1.
    ; First move all the files (but not the folders):
    FileMove, %SourcePattern%, %DestinationFolder%, %DoOverwrite%
    ErrorCount := ErrorLevel
    ; Now move all the folders:
    Loop, %SourcePattern%, 2  ; 2 means "retrieve folders only".
        FileMoveDir, %A_LoopFileFullPath%, %DestinationFolder%\%A_LoopFileName%, %DoOverwrite%
        ErrorCount += ErrorLevel
        if ErrorLevel  ; Report each problem folder by name.
            MsgBox Could not move %A_LoopFileFullPath% into %DestinationFolder%.
    return ErrorCount