This PowerShell module contains cmdlets for copying and comparing specific files between two paths, where those files have been determined to have changed via a computed hash value. This is useful if you need to sync specific file changes from one directory to another but cannot trust the modified date of the files to determine which files have been modified (for example, if the source files has been cloned from a source control system and as a result the modified dates had changed).
You should of course be confident that if there is a difference between two files, it is the copy you have specified as being in the source
-Path that you want to use to overwrite the copy in the
-Destination path. New files (files that exist in the source path but not in the destination) will also be copied across, including any directories in their paths that may be missing in the destination folder.
You can synchronise an entire directory tree by using the
The module is published in the PSGallery, so if you have PowerShell 5 or newer can be installed by running:
Install-Module HashCopy -Scope CurrentUser
You can use the
Copy-FileHash cmdlet to sync a single path by providing it with
Copy-FileHash -Path C:\Some\Files -Destination D:\Some\Other\Files
This will compute the hash for all files in each directory (and all sub-directories, due to
-Recurse) via the
Get-FileHash cmdlet and then will copy any changed and new files from the source path to the destination path.
You can include all the sub-folders of the source
-Path by adding
Copy-FileHash -Path C:\Some\Files -Destination D:\Some\Other\Files -Recurse
You can specify a
-LiteralPath instead of a Path if you want to avoid wildcard characters from being interpreted as such:
Copy-FileHash -LiteralPath C:\Some\Files -Destination D:\Some\Other\Files -Recurse
You can remove files from the Destination path that are not in the Source path by adding
Copy-FileHash -Path C:\Some\Files -Destination D:\Some\Other\Files -Mirror
You can have the destination file objects returned by adding
Copy-FileHash -Path C:\Some\Files -Destination D:\Some\Other\Files -Recurse -PassThru
You can Force the overwrite of read-only files in the Destination path by adding
Copy-FileHash -Path C:\Some\Files -Destination D:\Some\Other\Files -Force
You can specify the algorithm that
Get-FileHash uses to create the Hash by using
Copy-FileHash -Path C:\Some\Files -Destination D:\Some\Other\Files -Algorithm MD5
-Algorithm values are: SHA1 | SHA256 | SHA384 | SHA512 | MACTripleDES | MD5 | RIPEMD160.
If you'd like to check which files will be copied from a source path before actually using
Copy-FileHash, you can use
Compare-FileHash. This cmdlet outputs file objects for any new or modified file having performed the same comparison as the
Copy- cmdlet (e.g via using Get-FileHash of the source and destination file to determine if they are different).
Check which files would be copied from one single directory to another:
Compare-FileHash -Path C:\Some\Files -Destination D:\Some\Other\Files
Check which files would be copied between one directory tree and another (including all sub-directories):
Compare-FileHash -Path C:\Some\Files -Destination D:\Some\Other\Files -Recurse
Copy-FileHash you can use
-LiteralPath instead of
-Path to have paths interpreted literally.
A full list of cmdlets in this module is provided below for reference. Use
Get-Help <cmdlet name> with these to learn more about their usage.
|Copy-FileHash||Copies any files between two directory paths that are new or have changed based on computed hash value.|
|Compare-FileHash||Compares files from one location to another based on determining change via computed hash value.|