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copy files easily


npm install copyfiles -g

Command Line

copy some files, give it a bunch of arguments, (which can include globs), the last one is the out directory (which it will create if necessary).

copyfiles foo foobar foo/bar/*.js out

you now have a directory called out, with the files foo and foobar in it, it also has a directory named foo with a directory named bar in it that has all the files from foo/bar that match the glob.

If all the files are in a folder that you don't want in the path out path, ex:

copyfiles something/*.js out

which would put all the js files in out/something, you can use the --up (or -u) option

copyfiles -u 1 something/*.js out

which would put all the js files in out

you can also just do -f which will flatten all the output into one directory, so with files ./foo/a.txt and ./foo/bar/b.txt

copyfiles -f ./foo/*.txt ./foo/bar/*.txt out

will put a.txt and b.txt into out

if your terminal doesn't support globstars then you can quote them

copyfiles -f ./foo/**/*.txt out

does not work by default on a mac


copyfiles -f './foo/**/*.txt' out


You could quote globstars as a part of input:

copyfiles some.json './some_folder/*.json' ./dist/ && echo 'JSON files copied.'

You can use the -e option to exclude some files from the pattern, so to exclude all all files ending in .test.js you could do

copyfiles -e "**/*.test.js" -f ./foo/**/*.js out

Other options include

  • -a or --all which includes files that start with a dot.
  • -s or --soft to soft copy, which will not overwrite existing files.


also creates a copyup command which is identical to copyfiles but -up defaults to 1

Programic API

var copyfiles = require('copyfiles');
copyfiles([paths], opt, callback);

takes an array of paths, last one is the destination path, also takes an optional argument which the -u option if a number, otherwise if it's true it's the flat option.