Moves a file to a new file or directory, or collections of files to a new directory. By default, the destination file is overwritten if it already exists. When overwrite is turned off, then files are only moved if the source file is newer than the destination file, or when the destination file does not exist.
Collections are used to select a group of files to move. Only
file system based resource collections are supported, this includes filesets, filelist and path. Prior to Apache Ant 1.7 only
<fileset> has been supported as a nested element.
To use a resource collection, the
todir attribute must be
Since Ant 1.6.3, the file attribute may be used to move (rename) an entire directory. If tofile denotes an existing file, or there is a directory by the same name in todir, the action will fail.
|file||the file or directory to move||One of file or at least one nested resource collection element|
|preservelastmodified||Give the moved files the same last modified time as the original source files. (Note: Ignored on Java 1.1)||No; defaults to false.|
|tofile||the file to move to||With the file attribute, either tofile or todir can be used. With nested filesets, if the fileset size is greater than 1 or if the only entry in the fileset is a directory or if the file attribute is already specified, only todir is allowed|
|todir||the directory to move to|
|overwrite||overwrite existing files even if the destination files are newer (default is "true")||No|
|force||Overwrite read-only destination files. since Ant 1.8.2||No; defaults to false.|
|filtering||indicates whether token filtering should take place during the move. See the filter task for a description of how filters work.||No|
|flatten||ignore directory structure of source directory, copy all files into a single directory, specified by the todir attribute (default is "false").Note that you can achieve the same effect by using a flatten mapper||No|
|includeEmptyDirs||Copy empty directories included with the nested FileSet(s). Defaults to "yes".||No|
|failonerror||If false, log a warning message, but do not stop the build, when the file to copy does not exist or one of the nested filesets points to a directory that doesn't exist or an error occurs while moving.||No; defaults to true.|
|quiet||If true and failonerror is false, then do not log a warning message when the file to copy does not exist or one of the nested filesets points to a directory that doesn't exist or an error occurs while copying. since Ant 1.8.3.||No; defaults to false.|
|verbose||Log the files that are being moved.||No; defaults to false.|
|encoding||The encoding to assume when filter-copying the files. since Ant 1.5.||No - defaults to default JVM encoding|
|outputencoding||The encoding to use when writing the files. since Ant 1.6.||No - defaults to the value of the encoding attribute if given or the default JVM encoding otherwise.|
|enablemultiplemappings||If true the task will process to all the mappings for a given source path. If false the task will only process the first file or directory. This attribute is only relevant if there is a mapper subelement. since Ant 1.6.||No - defaults to false.|
|granularity||The number of milliseconds leeway to give before deciding a file is out of date. This is needed because not every file system supports tracking the last modified time to the millisecond level. Default is 0 milliseconds, or 2 seconds on DOS systems. This can also be useful if source and target files live on separate machines with clocks being out of sync. since Ant 1.6.|
If Ant fails to delete a file or directory it will retry the
operation once. If this flag is set to true it will perform a
garbage collection before retrying the delete.
Setting this flag to true is known to resolve some problems on Windows (where it defaults to true) but also for directory trees residing on an NFS share. Since Ant 1.8.3
|No, default "true" on Windows and "true" on any other OS.|
You can define file name transformations by using a nested mapper element. The default mapper used by
<move> is the identity.
Note that the source name handed to the mapper depends on the
resource collection you use. If you use
or any other collection that provides a base directory, the name
passed to the mapper will be a relative filename, relative to the base
directory. In any other case the absolute filename of the source will
The Move task supports nested FilterChains.
<filterchain> elements are used inside the
<move> task, all
<filterchain> elements are processed first
Move a single file (rename a file)
<move file="file.orig" tofile="file.moved"/>
Move a single file to a directory
<move file="file.orig" todir="dir/to/move/to"/>
Move a directory to a new directory
<move todir="new/dir/to/move/to"> <fileset dir="src/dir"/> </move>or, since Ant 1.6.3:
<move file="src/dir" tofile="new/dir/to/move/to"/>
Move a set of files to a new directory
<move todir="some/new/dir"> <fileset dir="my/src/dir"> <include name="**/*.jar"/> <exclude name="**/ant.jar"/> </fileset> </move>
Move a list of files to a new directory
<move todir="some/new/dir"> <filelist dir="my/src/dir"> <file name="file1.txt"/> <file name="file2.txt"/> </filelist> </move>
".bak" to the names of all files
in a directory.
<move todir="my/src/dir" includeemptydirs="false"> <fileset dir="my/src/dir"> <exclude name="**/*.bak"/> </fileset> <mapper type="glob" from="*" to="*.bak"/> </move>