[HOWTO] Command-line copy/paste files/directories in Linux

Command line copy and paste of files is handy for someone who likes working with the command line a lot. Here is how you can do with bash.

Open the file ~/.bashrc in gedit:

gedit ~/.bashrc

Add the following text at the end of the file:

ccopy () { 
touch /tmp/cclipboard; 
rm /tmp/cclipboard; 
for dir in "${dirlist[@]}"; do
        readlink -m "$dir" >>/tmp/cclipboard;
while read line
	do cp -R "$line" ./
done < /tmp/cclipboard 

Now, either restart the terminal or use the following command:

source ~./bashrc

To copy a file, use the following command:

ccopy /absolute/or/relative/path/to/file/or/directory

Top copy multiple itles, do this:

ccopy /absolute/or/relative/path/to/file/or/directory1 /absolute/or/relative/path/to/file/or/directory2

To paste the contents, navigate to the directory where you want to paste the contents and run the following command:


Please feel free to report bugs and modify it to your liking.

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  • fooness

    Why do you need the first two commands in ccopy?

    • Maybe I am not doing it properly, but I did that to delete the file /tmp/clipboard without any error messages…