Move a File in Java

In this quick tutorial, we will learn different ways to move a file in Java.

1. Move File using File.renameTo() Method

  1. Create a file named "sample.txt" in the directory "C:/workspace".
  2. Create File class object by passing file absolute location path "C:/workspace/sample.txt".
  3. We need to pass the new abstract pathname to renameTo() method to move the file.
  4. renameTo() method returns true if and only if the renaming succeeded; false otherwise.
  5. Observe the directory whether the file is moved or not.

import org.slf4j.Logger;
import org.slf4j.LoggerFactory;

 * This Java program demonstrates how to move file in Java.
 * @author

public class MoveFileExample {

    private static final Logger LOGGER = LoggerFactory.getLogger(MoveFileExample.class);

    public static void main(String[] args) {

    public static void moveFile() {
        File file = new File("C:/workspace/sample.txt");
        boolean move = file.renameTo(new File("C:/workspace/moved/sample.txt"));
        if (move) {
  "File is moved successful!");
        } else {
  "File is failed to move!");

2. Move File using Files.move() Method

java.nio.file.Files provide several static methods that operate on files, directories, or other types of files. To move a file to a target file, we can use its move() method. The implementation is platform-independent, but it doesn’t fail if the file attributes are not copied. Javadoc guarantees only the last modified time to be copied to the new file.

This method takes the path to the file to move, the path to the target file, and an optional parameter to specify how the move is performed. By default, moving fails if the target file already exists unless the REPLACE_EXISTING option is specified. If the source and target are the same files, the method completes without moving the file. If either the source file or the destination directory does not exist, java.nio.file.NoSuchFileException is thrown.

import java.nio.file.Files;
import java.nio.file.StandardCopyOption;
public class Main
    public static void main(String[] args)
        File from = new File("src.txt");
        File to = new File("dest.txt");
        try {
            Files.move(from.toPath(), to.toPath(), StandardCopyOption.REPLACE_EXISTING);
            System.out.println("File moved successfully.");
        catch (IOException ex) {

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