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In this article i will help you to copy the folders recursively from one folder to another in laravel .File System is used to perform the file system based operations like copy Folder Recursively. For this purpose laravel uses Illuminate\Filesystem\Filesystem class in laravel. Laravel provides inbuilt library to access the file system and we can do multiple robust operations using the libraries.

Sometime in our application we want to copy the folder or files from one directory to another in this case we can use File::copyDirectory() of laravel inbuilt library. If we perform same operations using the core php functions than it can be a hectic or lengthy code to implement but using the packages or library it will be easier to implement.

In this article I will use Illuminate\Filesystem\Filesystem class and File::copyDirectory() method to copy the entire directory recursively in the folder. copyDirectory Method accepts two parameters as below

File::copyDirectory($source, $destination)

Example Usage:


Let’s understand copy Folder Recursively from one folder to another in Laravel with example step by step

Step 1: Create a fresh laravel project

Open a terminal window and type below command to create a new project

composer create-project --prefer-dist laravel/laravel blog

You can also read this to start with new project

Step 2 : Create controller

Let’s create a controller and add method performCopyDirectory

php artisan make:controller FolderController

and add the below code


namespace App\Http\Controllers;

use Illuminate\Http\Request;
use File;
class FolderController extends Controller
    public function performCopyDirectory(Request $request){
            if (!File::exists( $storageDestinationPath)) {
            return response("Folder copied successfully");

In above code First of all we are checking the directory is exist or not then if available then we are copying the directory at the destination location.

Step 3: Create two routes in routes/web.php

Create a route to create the directory



use App\Http\Controllers\FolderController;
use Illuminate\Support\Facades\Route;


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