This seems pretty simple and maybe I'm just overlooking the proper flag, but how would I, in one command, copy a file from one directory to another and rename it in the destination directory?Here's my command: It's amazing that xcopy has this omission. I need a way to tell it to assume F or D in a script.

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If Destination does not contain an existing directory and does not end with a backslash (), the following message appears: ... You're right it shoud be xcopy "bin\development\whee.config.example" "c:\mybackup\Test Connection External\bin\Debug\whee.config\".

You can suppress this message by using the /i command-line option, which causes xcopy to assume that the destination is a directory if the source is more than one file or a directory. I used my aproach to copy files to a dirotory that might not exist.

For renaming it looks like a backslash has to be added at the end. and Name it some Cryptic Name, then Re Name it to its Proper Name C: CD "C:\Users\Public\Documents\My Web Sites\Angel Fire~Zoe\" XCopy /D /I /V /Y "C:\Users\Public\Documents\My Web Sites\Host Gator ~ Zoe Beans\cop.htm" Ren "cop.htm" "christ-our-passover.htm" xcopy will allow you to copy a single file into a specifed folder it just wont allow you to define a destination name.

This response says "since you're not actually changing the filename", whereas the original question clearly said "copy a file from one directory to another AND RENAME IT in the destination directory". If you require the destination name just rename it before you copy it.

As others have already pointed out, @Arnshea's answer is the correct one. The attempted answer given above appears to address the different case of copying the file with the destination file name being the SAME name as the source file. If you precede your xcopy command with a simple echo to the new filename, it will overwrite the empty file. The question was how to copy AND rename (in one step) a file.

This is because a) the OP's particular circumstance of already having the directory structure in place was not mentioned in the question, and b) it is far more valuable for future readers of this question who will come here looking for an answer regarding Well @Amshea's answer is also the correct one because the question is specific to xcopy, and this answer is basically "don't use xcopy". The "messy" workaround given by @Arnshea is the only single-step answer I see given here--thus its "popularity". Bearden was quite polite, but given the number of up votes, I feel the need to expressly list the problems with this answer: 1) the 1 paragraph that seems to give a solution for the OP's problem (paragraph 4 of 5), does not work, because the OP is copying and renaming a file, not a directory; 2) the link given at the top of the answer does not provide a solution; 3) the statement of the main issue does not apply to the OP's question; and 4) the answer is offensive, with shouting in the 2nd paragraph and insults in the last. As with other apparently confused answers, this talks about how to copy the file WITHOUT renaming.. Tolerant of network pauses and you can choose to ignore file attributes when copying of copy by file attributes.

Doesn't really answer the question about xcopy at all, now does it? Note that this only works if the source and destination filenames will be the same, so while this doesn't solve the OP's specific example, I thought it was worth sharing. If you are copying ONE file from one place to another AND you want the full directory structure to be created, use the following command: xcopy /"C:\Data\Images13e4a707-2672-481b-92fb-67ecff20c96b.jpg" "C:\Target Data\Images13e4a707-2672-481b-92fb-67ecff20c96b.jpg\" . Oh, and it supports multi-core machines so files are copied much faster in "parallel" with each other instead of sequentially. However, for this poster's question, it will not work, as it cannot rename files.

For example: Just go to what the MAIN ISSUE is "... Something I didn't know before today is that xcopy does have a /z switch, which is tolerant of network pauses!

ren "bin\development\whee.config.example" whee.config xcopy /R/Y "bin\development\whee.config" "Test Connection External\bin\Debug\" Assuming this would work in a particular environment (i.e., there's certain to never be a whee.config in the source folder), to replicate the OP's code, shouldn't it include a rename back to the original name?