Name

svn copy (cp) — Copy a file or directory in a working copy or in the repository.

Synopsis

svn copy SRC[@REV]... DST

Description

Copy one or more files in a working copy or in the repository. SRC and DST can each be either a working copy (WC) path or URL. When copying multiple sources, add the copies as immediate children of DST (which, of course, must be a directory).

WC → WC

Copy and schedule an item for addition (with history).

WC → URL

Immediately commit a copy of WC to URL.

URL → WC

Check out URL into WC and schedule it for addition.

URL → URL

Complete server-side copy. This is usually used to branch and tag.

If no peg revision (i.e., @REV) is supplied, by default the BASE revision will be used for files copied from the working copy, while the HEAD revision will be used for files copied from a URL.

Note
Note

You can only copy files within a single repository. Subversion does not support cross-repository copying.

Examples

Copy an item within your working copy (this schedules the copy—nothing goes into the repository until you commit):

$ svn copy foo.txt bar.txt
A         bar.txt
$ svn status
A  +    bar.txt

Copy several files in a working copy into a subdirectory:

$ svn copy bat.c baz.c qux.c src
A         src/bat.c
A         src/baz.c
A         src/qux.c

Copy revision 8 of bat.c into your working copy under a different name:

$ svn copy -r 8 bat.c ya-old-bat.c
A         ya-old-bat.c

Copy an item in your working copy to a URL in the repository (this is an immediate commit, so you must supply a commit message):

$ svn copy near.txt file:///var/svn/repos/test/far-away.txt -m "Remote copy."

Committed revision 8.

Copy an item from the repository to your working copy (this just schedules the copy—nothing goes into the repository until you commit):

$ svn copy file:///var/svn/repos/test/far-away -r 6 near-here
A         near-here
Tip
Tip

This is the recommended way to resurrect a dead file in your repository!

And finally, copy between two URLs:

$ svn copy file:///var/svn/repos/test/far-away \
           file:///var/svn/repos/test/over-there -m "remote copy."

Committed revision 9.
$ svn copy file:///var/svn/repos/test/trunk \
           file:///var/svn/repos/test/tags/0.6.32-prerelease -m "tag tree"

Committed revision 12.
Tip
Tip

This is the easiest way to tag a revision in your repository—just svn copy that revision (usually HEAD) into your tags directory.

And don't worry if you forgot to tag—you can always specify an older revision and tag anytime:

$ svn copy -r 11 file:///var/svn/repos/test/trunk \
           file:///var/svn/repos/test/tags/0.6.32-prerelease \
           -m "Forgot to tag at rev 11"

Committed revision 13.