driveItem: copy

Namespace: microsoft.graph

Asynchronously creates a copy of an driveItem (including any children), under a new parent item or with a new name.

This API is available in the following national cloud deployments.

Global service US Government L4 US Government L5 (DOD) China operated by 21Vianet


Choose the permission or permissions marked as least privileged for this API. Use a higher privileged permission or permissions only if your app requires it. For details about delegated and application permissions, see Permission types. To learn more about these permissions, see the permissions reference.

Permission type Least privileged permissions Higher privileged permissions
Delegated (work or school account) Files.ReadWrite Files.ReadWrite.All, Sites.ReadWrite.All
Delegated (personal Microsoft account) Files.ReadWrite Files.ReadWrite.All
Application Files.ReadWrite.All Sites.ReadWrite.All

HTTP request

POST /drives/{driveId}/items/{itemId}/copy
POST /groups/{groupId}/drive/items/{itemId}/copy
POST /me/drive/items/{item-id}/copy
POST /sites/{siteId}/drive/items/{itemId}/copy
POST /users/{userId}/drive/items/{itemId}/copy

Optional query parameters

This method supports the @microsoft.graph.conflictBehavior query parameter to customize the behavior when a conflict occurs.

Value Description
fail Default behavior is to report the failure.
replace Overwrite existing item at the target site.
rename Rename the item.

Note: The conflictBehavior is not supported for OneDrive Consumer.

Request headers

Name Description
Authorization Bearer {token}. Required. Learn more about authentication and authorization.
Content-Type application/json. Required.

Request body

In the request body, provide a JSON object with the following parameters.

Name Value Description
parentReference ItemReference Optional. Reference to the parent item the copy will be created in.
name string Optional. The new name for the copy. If this isn't provided, the same name will be used as the original.

Note: The parentReference should include the driveId and id parameters for the target folder.


Returns details about how to monitor the progress of the copy, upon accepting the request.


This example copies a file identified by {item-id} into a folder identified with a driveId and id value. The new copy of the file will be named contoso plan (copy).txt.


Content-Type: application/json

  "parentReference": {
    "driveId": "6F7D00BF-FC4D-4E62-9769-6AEA81F3A21B",
    "id": "DCD0D3AD-8989-4F23-A5A2-2C086050513F"
  "name": "contoso plan (copy).txt"


HTTP/1.1 202 Accepted

The value of the Location header provides a URL for a service that will return the current state of the copy operation. You can use this information to determine when the copy has finished.


In many cases the copy action is performed asynchronously. The response from the API will only indicate that the copy operation was accepted or rejected; for example, due to the destination filename already being in use.