The shutil module offers a number of high-level operations on files and collections of files. In particular, functions are provided which support file copying and removal. For operations on individual files, see also the os module.
On POSIX platforms, this means that file owner and group are lost as well as ACLs. On Mac OS, the resource fork and other metadata are not used. This means that resources will be lost and file type and creator codes will not be correct. On Windows, file owners, ACLs and alternate data streams are not copied.
This factory function creates a function that can be used as a callable for copytree()‘s ignore argument, ignoring files and directories that match one of the glob-style patterns provided. See the example below.
New in version 2.6.
Recursively copy an entire directory tree rooted at src. The destination directory, named by dst, must not already exist; it will be created as well as missing parent directories. Permissions and times of directories are copied with copystat(), individual files are copied using copy2().
If symlinks is true, symbolic links in the source tree are represented as symbolic links in the new tree; if false or omitted, the contents of the linked files are copied to the new tree.
If ignore is given, it must be a callable that will receive as its arguments the directory being visited by copytree(), and a list of its contents, as returned by os.listdir(). Since copytree() is called recursively, the ignore callable will be called once for each directory that is copied. The callable must return a sequence of directory and file names relative to the current directory (i.e. a subset of the items in its second argument); these names will then be ignored in the copy process. ignore_patterns() can be used to create such a callable that ignores names based on glob-style patterns.
If exception(s) occur, an Error is raised with a list of reasons.
The source code for this should be considered an example rather than the ultimate tool.
Changed in version 2.3: Error is raised if any exceptions occur during copying, rather than printing a message.
Changed in version 2.5: Create intermediate directories needed to create dst, rather than raising an error. Copy permissions and times of directories using copystat().
Changed in version 2.6: Added the ignore argument to be able to influence what is being copied.
Delete an entire directory tree; path must point to a directory (but not a symbolic link to a directory). If ignore_errors is true, errors resulting from failed removals will be ignored; if false or omitted, such errors are handled by calling a handler specified by onerror or, if that is omitted, they raise an exception.
If onerror is provided, it must be a callable that accepts three parameters: function, path, and excinfo. The first parameter, function, is the function which raised the exception; it will be os.path.islink(), os.listdir(), os.remove() or os.rmdir(). The second parameter, path, will be the path name passed to function. The third parameter, excinfo, will be the exception information return by sys.exc_info(). Exceptions raised by onerror will not be caught.
Changed in version 2.6: Explicitly check for path being a symbolic link and raise OSError in that case.
Recursively move a file or directory to another location.
If the destination is on the current filesystem, then simply use rename. Otherwise, copy src (with copy2()) to the dst and then remove src.
New in version 2.3.
This exception collects exceptions that raised during a multi-file operation. For copytree(), the exception argument is a list of 3-tuples (srcname, dstname, exception).
New in version 2.3.
This example is the implementation of the copytree() function, described above, with the docstring omitted. It demonstrates many of the other functions provided by this module.
def copytree(src, dst, symlinks=False, ignore=None): names = os.listdir(src) if ignore is not None: ignored_names = ignore(src, names) else: ignored_names = set() os.makedirs(dst) errors =  for name in names: if name in ignored_names: continue srcname = os.path.join(src, name) dstname = os.path.join(dst, name) try: if symlinks and os.path.islink(srcname): linkto = os.readlink(srcname) os.symlink(linkto, dstname) elif os.path.isdir(srcname): copytree(srcname, dstname, symlinks, ignore) else: copy2(srcname, dstname) # XXX What about devices, sockets etc.? except (IOError, os.error), why: errors.append((srcname, dstname, str(why))) # catch the Error from the recursive copytree so that we can # continue with other files except Error, err: errors.extend(err.args) try: copystat(src, dst) except WindowsError: # can't copy file access times on Windows pass except OSError, why: errors.extend((src, dst, str(why))) if errors: raise Error, errors
Another example that uses the ignore_patterns() helper:
from shutil import copytree, ignore_patterns copytree(source, destination, ignore=ignore_patterns('*.pyc', 'tmp*'))
This will copy everything except .pyc files and files or directories whose name starts with tmp.
Another example that uses the ignore argument to add a logging call:
from shutil import copytree import logging def _logpath(path, names): logging.info('Working in %s' % path) return  # nothing will be ignored copytree(source, destination, ignore=_logpath)