Copy Directory in Python

Python – Copy Directory

To copy directory in Python, import shutil library, call shutil.copytree() function and pass source directory path, and destination directory path as arguments.

The syntax to call shutil.copytree() function to copy a directory from source to destination is

import shutil

shutil.copytree(source_folder, destination_folder)

shutil.copytree() function can be used to copy a directory, including all its subdirectories and files, to a new location.


In the following program, we will copy the directory “myfolder” to “myfolder_1”.

Original Directory

Python - Copy Directory

Python Program

import shutil

source_dir = 'myfolder'
destination_dir = 'myfolder_1'

try :
    shutil.copytree(source_dir, destination_dir)
    print('Directory copied successfully.')
except Exception as e:
    print('Directory not copied.')


Directory copied successfully.

Copied Directory

Python - Copy Directory


In this tutorial of Python Examples, we learned how to copy a directory to a given destination path using shutil.copytree() function, with the help of examples.

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