file-handling all files - How to move a file in Python

4 Answers

Although os.rename() and shutil.move() will both rename files, the command that is closest to the Unix mv command is shutil.move(). The difference is that os.rename() doesn't work if the source and destination are on different disks, while shutil.move() doesn't care what disk the files are on.

directory based name

I looked into the Python os interface, but was unable to locate a method to move a file. How would I do the equivalent of $ mv ... in Python?

>>> source_files = '/PATH/TO/FOLDER/*'
>>> destination_folder = 'PATH/TO/FOLDER'
>>> # equivalent of $ mv source_files destination_folder

The accepted answer is not the right one, because the question is not about renaming a file into a file, but moving many files into a directory. shutil.move will do the work, but for this purpose os.rename is useless (as stated on comments) because destination must have an explicit file name.

  import os,shutil

  current_path = "" ## source path

  new_path = "" ## destination path


  for files in os.listdir():

        os.rename(files, new_path+'{}'.format(f))
        shutil.move(files, new_path+'{}'.format(f)) ## to move files from 

different disk ex. C: --> D: