Move a DriveItem to a new folder

Namespace: microsoft.graph

To move a DriveItem to a new parent item, your app requests to update the parentReference of the DriveItem to move.

This is a special case of the Update method. Your app can combine moving an item to a new container and updating other properties of the item into a single request.

Items cannot be moved between Drives using this request.

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

PATCH /drives/{drive-id}/items/{item-id}
PATCH /groups/{group-id}/drive/items/{item-id}
PATCH /me/drive/items/{item-id}
PATCH /sites/{site-id}/drive/items/{item-id}
PATCH /users/{user-id}/drive/items/{item-id}

Request headers

Name Description
Authorization Bearer {token}. Required. Learn more about authentication and authorization.
Content-Type application/json. Required.
if-match String. If this request header is included and the eTag (or cTag) provided does not match the current eTag on the folder, a 412 Precondition Failed response is returned.

Request body

In the request body, supply the new value for the parentReference property. Existing properties that are not included in the request body will maintain their previous values or be recalculated based on changes to other property values. For best performance you shouldn't include existing values that haven't changed.

Note: When moving items to the root of a drive your app cannot use the "id:" "root" syntax. Your app needs to provide the actual ID of the root folder for the parent reference.


If successful, this method returns a 200 OK response code and updated DriveItem resource in the response body.


This example moves an item specified by {item-id} into a folder in the user's drive with the ID new-parent-folder-id.

Content-type: application/json

  "parentReference": {
    "id": "{new-parent-folder-id}"
  "name": "new-item-name.txt"


The following example shows the response for this move request.

HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Content-type: application/json

  "id": "0123456789abc",
  "name": "new-item-name.txt",
    "driveId": "11231001",
    "path": "/drive/root:/Documents",
    "id": "1231203102!1011"

Error responses

See Error Responses for more info about how errors are returned.