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.


One of the following permissions is required to call this API. To learn more, including how to choose permissions, see Permissions.

Permission type Permissions (from least to most privileged)
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 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.


POST /me/drive/items/{item-id}/copy
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.