How To Move or Rename a File using MSBuild
Date Published: 07 April 2010
MSBuild is a very powerful tool, and it’s relatively easy to get started using it. You can run a “hello world” example of MSBuild in no time, and it’s easy to build up the files incrementally as your needs (and knowledge of the tool) increase. Here’s a handy list of the tasks that are built into MSBuild.
Move File Task or Rename File Task
One thing that is missing from the built-in list of tasks is a file rename (or move) task. Fortunately, this is pretty easy to accomplish using a combination of the Copy and Delete tasks. Here’s a real-world example that renames a file from _web.config to web.config as part of a deployment script written in msbuild:
<Copy SourceFiles="precompiledwebLakeQuincyCom_configproduction_web.config" DestinationFiles="precompiledwebLakeQuincyCom_configproductionweb.config"> <Copy> <Delete>
This is part of a larger build script that’s using the
There’s also a library of tasks you can install separately that includes a
I haven’t used this library in a number of years so I can’t say for certain how well it’s kept up. There are a bunch of potentially useful tasks in it, though, so if you need something more than simple file moving it might be worth investigating. For my needs of the day, Copy/Delete did the trick.
Steve is an experienced software architect and trainer, focusing on code quality and Domain-Driven Design with .NET.