Move File to a Different Folder in Google Drive

Published in: Google Apps Script - Google Drive

Google Apps Script doesn’t offer a method for moving files from one folder in Google Drive to another one but there’s an option to add a file in Drive to multiple folders (similar to symbolic links in Unix). That can be used for moving files as well - remove the file from all existing folders and add it to the target folder.

// Move file to another Google Drive Folder

function moveFileToAnotherFolder(fileID, targetFolderID) {

  var file = DriveApp.getFileById(fileID);

  // Remove the file from all parent folders
  var parents = file.getParents();
  while (parents.hasNext()) {
    var parent =;


Published in: Google Apps Script - Google Drive

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