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[Bash Tips] How to cp or mv and cd in one command

By sk
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The other day we learned how to cd and ls in one command. Today we will see yet another cool Bash tip - cp or mv and cd in one command. Meaning - we are going to copy or move files/directories from one location to another and cd into the destination directory instantly. Of course we can do this with an one-liner command. For example, it is possible to copy or move files/directories to another directory and cd into the destination directory using command:

cp source destination && cd destination

Or,

mv source destination && cd destination

However, we are not going to do it now. We use a simple bash function to combine cp or mv command and cd command and run it as a single command. This trick should work on all Unix-like systems that supports BASH.

How to cp or mv and cd in one command

Open your ~/.bashrc file in your favorite editor:

$ nano ~/.bashrc

Add the following lines at the end:

#cp and cd in one command
cpcd (){
  if [ -d "$2" ];then
    cp $1 $2 && cd $2
  else
    cp $1 $2
  fi
}

#mv and cd in one command
mvcd (){
  if [ -d "$2" ];then
    mv $1 $2 && cd $2
  else
    mv $1 $2
  fi
}

Bash function to cp or mv and cd in one command

Save and close the file. Run the following command to take effect the changes.

$ source ~/.bashrc

Now copy or move files/directories from one location to another and you will automatically be landed in the destination location.

Let us make some sample directories and files.

$ mkdir dir1 dir2
$ touch file1 file2

Now copy the file1 to dir1 using command:

$ cpcd file1 dir1
$ pwd
/home/sk/dir1

As you see, the above command copies the file1 to dir1 and then automatically cd into the dir1 location.

Next move file2 to dir2 using command:

$ cd
$ mvcd file2 dir2
$ pwd
/home/sk/dir2

This command copies file2 to dir2 and it automatically cd into the dir2 location.

Sample output:

cp or mv and cd in one command


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3 comments

Florin Idita April 12, 2020 - 1:37 pm

I`ll better use awk ‘{print $NF}’ instead $2.
because maybe you want to copy more file…

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sk April 12, 2020 - 2:15 pm

Thank you. You are a lifesaver. Could you please elaborate how to use this in the Bash function?

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Florin Idita April 12, 2020 - 1:39 pm

also, using $2 could make you lose files if you try to copy more files 😐

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