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Hi from Bordeaux, France ! how are you today ?


I had a problem with filecopy function.

I have a folder with my gifs on a network folder. At the start of my program, i want to make a copy on local pc. Not much complicated.

If i do :


It does'nt work. My destination folder is not empty and contains file which are even present in the source. I would like that filecopy add new file from the source to the destination, without overwrite. But it does'nt work.

If i do:


This overwrite with all files.

So i do that, because it works...but if i only want to copy new file how can i do ?



Func CopierDossierImage()
    $DossierImagesReseau = "\\sw3308\IntranetSTC\Hors Web\Logiciels STC\Barre STC\images\"
    $DossierImagesLocal = $DossierBarreSTC & "\Images\"

    FileCopy($DossierImagesReseau & "*.*", $DossierImagesLocal, $FC_OVERWRITE+  $FC_CREATEPATH)
EndFunc   ;==>CopierDossierImage


Edited by satanico64
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Morning, @satanico64 ... I don't know if you have subfolders or the type of image you have, but you can try something like this:

$remote = "C:\Remote" ; Your Remote Folder
$local = "C:\Temp" ; Your Local Folder
$ext = "*.gif"

$array = _FileListToArray($remote, $ext, $FLTA_FILES)
$count = 0
For $i = 1 To $array[0]
    $result = FileCopy($remote & "\" & $array[$i], $local)
    If $result = 1 Then $count +=1

MsgBox(0, "Files Copy", "Total Copied: " & $count &" Files")

Works for me, your just need to adjust if you have subfolders or multiple extensions (see _FileListToArrayRec)

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thanks both for your answers.

I'll try that. (i don't want to copy all file whereas the folder has'nt been changed).

Meanwhile, it does'nt seems to be normal that the filecopy command does'nt copy file that does'nt exist in destination folder because there are file that exist and we don't want to overwrite them.

I have subfolder in both folder but it does'nt interest me. I know that files in subfolder are'nt treated.

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it does'nt seems to be normal that the filecopy command does'nt copy file that does'nt exist in destination folder because there are file that exist

We have discussed this before and I seem to  remember that this is standard Windows behaviour and nothing to do with AutoIt. If you copy files with a wildcard it will fail if there already are files with the same name and you do not specify that they should be overwritten. As AutoIt just uses the Windows API to do the job, it suffers from the same limitation.

I feel you will have to do as mikell has suggested and check each file before copying rather then using a wildcard.


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Salut ami bordelais :)

You can also try this :

#include <WinAPIShellEx.au3>

_WinAPI_ShellFileOperation ( $DossierImagesReseau & "\*.*", $DossierImagesLocal, $FO_COPY, $FOF_SILENT)

Edit : the FileExists check is not needed because the default flag of FileCopy processes the check for you

Edited by jguinch

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this is standard Windows behaviour and nothing to do with AutoIt.

so it's true that, Windaws act like this, you're totally true ! ( But i use supercopier to replace Windows copy, since more than 10 years xD )

@jguinch with your command it does the same thing. So i did a copy for each file with nowrite option. Merci en tous cas pour cette autre approche ! 


We can close this post. 

Good job team !



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