CopyFile Element

Description
Copy or move an existing file on the target machine, or copy a file that is being installed, to another destination. When this element is nested under a File element, the parent file will be installed, then copied to the specified destination if the parent component of the file is selected for installation or removal. When this element is nested under a Component element and no FileId attribute is specified, the file to copy or move must already be on the target machine. When this element is nested under a Component element and the FileId attribute is specified, the specified file is installed, then copied to the specified destination if the parent component is selected for installation or removal (use this option to control the copy of a file in a different component by the parent component's installation state). If the specified destination directory is the same as the directory containing the original file and the name for the proposed source file is the same as the original, then no action takes place.
Windows Installer references
DuplicateFile Table, MoveFile Table
Parents
Component, File
Inner Text
None
Children
None
Attributes
Name Type Description Required
Id String Primary key used to identify this particular entry. Yes
Delete YesNoType This attribute cannot be specified if the element is nested under a File element or the FileId attribute is specified. In other cases, if the attribute is not specified, the default value is "no" and the file is copied, not moved. Set the value to "yes" in order to move the file (thus deleting the source file) instead of copying it.  
DestinationDirectory String Set this value to the destination directory where an existing file on the target machine should be moved or copied to. This Directory must exist in the installer database at creation time. This attribute cannot be specified in conjunction with DestinationProperty.  
DestinationLongName LongFileNameType This attribute has been deprecated; please use the DestinationName attribute instead.  
DestinationName LongFileNameType In prior versions of the WiX toolset, this attribute specified the short file name. Now set this value to the localizable name to be given to the original file after it is moved or copied. If this attribute is not specified, then the destination file is given the same name as the source file. If a short file name is specified, the DestinationShortName attribute may not be specified. If a long file name is specified, the DestinationLongName attribute may not be specified. Also, if this value is a long file name, the DestinationShortName attribute may be omitted to allow WiX to attempt to generate a unique short file name. However, if this name collides with another file or you wish to manually specify the short file name, then the DestinationShortName attribute may be specified.  
DestinationProperty String Set this value to a property that will have a value that resolves to the full path of the destination directory. The property does not have to exist in the installer database at creation time; it could be created at installation time by a custom action, on the command line, etc. This attribute cannot be specified in conjunction with DestinationDirectory.  
DestinationShortName ShortFileNameType The short file name of the file in 8.3 format. This attribute should only be set if there is a conflict between generated short file names or you wish to manually specify the short file name.  
FileId String This attribute cannot be specified if the element is nested under a File element. Set this attribute's value to the identifier of a file from a different component to copy it based on the install state of the parent component.  
SourceDirectory String This attribute cannot be specified if the element is nested under a File element or the FileId attribute is specified. Set this value to the source directory from which to copy or move an existing file on the target machine. This Directory must exist in the installer database at creation time. This attribute cannot be specified in conjunction with SourceProperty.  
SourceName WildCardLongFileNameType This attribute cannot be specified if the element is nested under a File element or the FileId attribute is specified. Set this value to the localizable name of the file(s) to be copied or moved. All of the files that match the wild card will be removed from the specified directory. The value is a filename that may also contain the wild card characters "?" for any single character or "*" for zero or more occurrences of any character. If this attribute is not specified (and this element is not nested under a File element or specify a FileId attribute) then the SourceProperty attribute should be set to the name of a property that will resolve to the full path of the source filename. If the value of this attribute contains a "*" wildcard and the DestinationName attribute is specified, all moved or copied files retain the file names from their sources.  
SourceProperty String This attribute cannot be specified if the element is nested under a File element or the FileId attribute is specified. Set this value to a property that will have a value that resolves to the full path of the source directory (or full path including file name if SourceName is not specified). The property does not have to exist in the installer database at creation time; it could be created at installation time by a custom action, on the command line, etc. This attribute cannot be specified in conjunction with SourceDirectory.  
See Also
Wix Schema, RemoveFile