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XCOPY Using C# to Copy Files/Folders

By Jawed MD on Feb 14, 2012
This article shows the use of the XCOPY command to copy files and folders from one machine to another machine.
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Using the XCOPY command you can copy files and folders from one machine to another machine.

Here I will show you how we can execute XCOPY using C # but before showing that piece of code I would prefer to provide some explanations of XCOPY. So, here you go:

1.      In computing, Xcopy is a command used in PC DOS, MS-DOS, OS/2, Microsoft Windows, and related operating systems for copying multiple files or entire directory trees from one directory to another and for copying files across a network. Xcopy stands for extended copy, and was created as a more functional file copying utility than the copy command found in these operating systems.


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Xcopy is more powerful than a simple copy function in .Net like-: Xcopy does a lot of things (buffering, error check, etc.) that are not easy to code by yourself, but you can always start a new process with Xcopy in the command line.

Here is the Code for the same:

using System;

using System.Collections.Generic;

using System.Diagnostics;

using System.IO;

using System.Linq;

using System.Text;

using System.Threading;

namespace Xcopy


    /// <summary>

    /// Use This class to Perform Xcopy

    /// </summary>

    class Program


        /// <summary>

        /// This is your Main

        /// </summary>

        /// <param name="args"></param>

        static void Main(string[] args)


            //Provide the Source location

            string sourceLoc = @"D:\BackUpFile\";

            //Provide your Destination Location

            string destinationLoc = System.Environment.CurrentDirectory.Remove(System.Environment.CurrentDirectory.IndexOf("bin")) + "Source\\";

            string FolderPath = "CopiedFiles";

            if (!(Directory.Exists(destinationLoc + @"\" + FolderPath)))

                Directory.CreateDirectory(destinationLoc + @"\" + FolderPath);

            //Call a method to perform Xcopy

            ProcessXcopy(sourceLoc, destinationLoc + @"\" + FolderPath);


            Console.WriteLine("we are done with the xcopy");




        /// <summary>

   /// Method to Perform Xcopy to copy files/folders from Source machine to Target Machine

        /// </summary>

        /// <param name="SolutionDirectory"></param>

        /// <param name="TargetDirectory"></param>

       private static void ProcessXcopy(string SolutionDirectory, string TargetDirectory)


            // Use ProcessStartInfo class

            ProcessStartInfo startInfo = new ProcessStartInfo();

            startInfo.CreateNoWindow = false;

            startInfo.UseShellExecute = false;

            //Give the name as Xcopy

            startInfo.FileName = "xcopy";

            //make the window Hidden

            startInfo.WindowStyle = ProcessWindowStyle.Hidden;

            //Send the Source and destination as Arguments to the process

            startInfo.Arguments = "\"" + SolutionDirectory + "\"" + " " + "\"" + TargetDirectory + "\"" + @" /e /y /I";



                // Start the process with the info we specified.

                // Call WaitForExit and then the using statement will close.

                using (Process exeProcess = Process.Start(startInfo))





            catch (Exception exp)


                throw exp;








Jawed MD

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