Move child folder contents to parent folder in python


I have a specific problem in python. Below is my folder structure.


I want the contents of 'slave' folder to be moved to 'slave1' (parent folder). Once moved,
'slave' folder should be deleted. shutil.move seems to be not helping.

Please let me know how to do it ?

Asked By: Vinayak Kolagi



Maybe you could get into the dictionary slave, and then

exec system('mv .........')

It will work won’t it?

Answered By: hlcfan

Example using the os and shutil modules:

from os.path import join
from os import listdir, rmdir
from shutil import move

root = 'dstfolder/slave1'
for filename in listdir(join(root, 'slave')):
    move(join(root, 'slave', filename), join(root, filename))
Answered By: tito

The problem might be with the path you specified in the shutil.move function

Try this code

import os
import shutil
for r,d,f in os.walk("slave1"):
    for files in f:
        filepath = os.path.join(os.getcwd(),"slave1","slave", files)
        destpath = os.path.join(os.getcwd(),"slave1")


Paste it into a .py file in the dstfolder. I.e. slave1 and this file should remain side by side. and then run it. worked for me

Answered By: Pulimon

I needed something a little more generic, i.e. move all the files from all the [sub]+folders into the root folder.

For example start with:


And end up with:


A quick recursive function does the trick:

import os, shutil, sys 

def move_to_root_folder(root_path, cur_path):
    for filename in os.listdir(cur_path):
        if os.path.isfile(os.path.join(cur_path, filename)):
            shutil.move(os.path.join(cur_path, filename), os.path.join(root_path, filename))
        elif os.path.isdir(os.path.join(cur_path, filename)):
            move_to_root_folder(root_path, os.path.join(cur_path, filename))
            sys.exit("Should never reach here.")
    # remove empty folders
    if cur_path != root_path:

You will usually call it with the same argument for root_path and cur_path, e.g. move_to_root_folder(os.getcwd(),os.getcwd()) if you want to try it in the python environment.

Answered By: George

Use this if the files have same names, new file names will have folder names joined by ‘_’

import shutil
import os

source = 'path to folder'

def recursive_copy(path):

    for f in sorted(os.listdir(os.path.join(os.getcwd(), path))):

        file = os.path.join(path, f)

        if os.path.isfile(file):

            temp = os.path.split(path)
            f_name = '_'.join(temp)
            file_name = f_name + '_' + f
            shutil.move(file, file_name)



Answered By: varun kumar
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