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In this new post, I will give you a script to copy folders excluding files in PowerShell. First, I want to explain the scenario I’m facing.


So, I have some Microsoft Windows Servers on premise and on IIS I have configured applications for developer and production environments. Because the servers are in the company environment and they are not exposed to the internet, I can’t use CD/CI with Azure DevOps, for example. I have to do the deployment manually.

So, in the file system, I have one folder for each project and that contains:

  • one folder for the developer environment
  • another one for QA and Testers
  • another one for production
Folder structure for environment - Copy folders excluding files in PowerShell
Folder structure for environment

When the application in the development environment is ready, I want to copy all the files from the developer folder to the tester folder but I want to exclude some files or directory such as:

  • appsettings for each environment
  • web.config
  • the folder for imports under wwwroot\Uploads\Imports

In each folder, I want to have the specific appsettings.json and web.config for the environment and I don’t want to change.

Then, because copying files and folders manually can cause issues, I’m looking for a script in PowerShell for that.

The script

$binSolutionFolder = 'C:\Projects\Portal\Dev\'
$deployFolderDir = 'C:\Projects\Portal\Test\'
$excludeFiles = @('appsettings.json', 'appsettings.Development.json', 'appsettings.Release.json', 'web.config') 
$excludeFolders = @('wwwroot\\Uploads\\Imports')
$excludeFoldersRegex = $excludeFolders -join '|'

Get-ChildItem -Path $binSolutionFolder -Recurse -Exclude $excludeFiles | 
where { $_.FullName.Replace($binSolutionFolder, "") -notmatch $excludeFoldersRegex } |
Copy-Item -Destination {
    if ($_.PSIsContainer) {
        Join-Path $deployFolderDir $_.Parent.FullName.Substring($binSolutionFolder.length -1)
    else {
        Join-Path $deployFolderDir $_.FullName.Substring($binSolutionFolder.length -1)
} -Force


So, this is the end of how to copy folders excluding files in PowerShell that you can use it for deployment, for example.

By Enrico

My greatest passion is technology. I am interested in multiple fields and I have a lot of experience in software design and development. I started professional development when I was 6 years. Today I am a strong full-stack .NET developer (C#, Xamarin, Azure)

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