I have studied and used the following post to attempt to move a document: moveTo and moving documents from one library to another

This works perfectly when moving documents to different libraries in the same web or even folders in the same library but I am trying to move a document to a different library in the parentweb.

  1. Is this possible?
  2. How can I do it?

So far I have changed the code to this which is returning error 0x002 "Illegal Argument Exception":

            //current web is "/web/sub/";
            var context = SP.ClientContext.get_current();
            var site = context.get_site();
            var dst = "/web/lib/fold/";
            var dstweburl = dst;
            dst += "myfile.txt";
            var destweb = site.openWeb(dstweburl.substring(0,dstweburl.substring(0, dstweburl.length-1).lastIndexOf("/")+1));
            var destfold = destweb.getFolderByServerRelativeUrl(dstweburl);

            var web = context.get_web();

            var currentLib = web.get_lists().getById(unescape(ListGUID));
            var currentItem = currentLib.getItemById(ItemID);
            var File = currentItem.get_file();
            //Excecuting executeQueryAsync to get the loaded values
                function(sender, args){
                    if(File!= null){
                            File.moveTo(dst, SP.MoveOperations.overwrite);
                        //Excecuting executeQueryAsync to copy the file
                            function (sender, args) {
                                $("<div>Item moved/copied successfully.</div>").appendTo("#response");
                            function (sender, args) {
                                $("<div>Error moving/copying item. 0x002</div>").appendTo("#response");
                        $("<div>Error moving/copying item. 0x001</div>").appendTo("#response");

                function(sender, args){
                    $("<div>Error moving/copying item. 0x000</div>").appendTo("#response");
  • SP.File.moveTo function only supports moving documents within the same site. It will not allow you to move files to other sites. Feb 17, 2014 at 20:18
  • @VardhamanDeshpande when you say in the same "site" are you refering to site collection or web?
    – Realistic
    Feb 17, 2014 at 20:37
  • I meant web. Sorry for the confusion. You cannot move a document to another web within the same SiteCollection with SP.File.moveTo Feb 17, 2014 at 21:16
  • Take a look at Mikael Svenson's article. He has explained how to move/copy file between different sites using REST. Though the code he has uses AppContext, you should be able to do it without App. techmikael.blogspot.com/2013/07/…
    – Aveenav
    Feb 17, 2014 at 21:50
  • @Aveenav his post is regarding SP 2013. I am on SP 2010.
    – Realistic
    Feb 20, 2014 at 13:36

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I have instead used the SPServices JS library. Code for moving with the metadata is here: Copy document from one site to another

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