How do I use Java NIO to copy file?

The following code snippet show you how to copy a file using the NIO API. The NIO (New IO) API is in the java.nio.* package. It requires at least Java 1.4 because the API was first included in this version. The JAVA NIO is a block based IO processing, instead of a stream based IO which is the old version IO processing in Java.

package org.kodejava.example.nio;

import java.nio.channels.FileChannel;
import java.nio.ByteBuffer;

public class CopyFileExample {
    public static void main(String[] args) throws Exception {
        String source = "medical-report.txt";
        String destination = "medical-report-final.txt";

        FileInputStream fis = new FileInputStream(source);
        FileOutputStream fos = new FileOutputStream(destination);

        FileChannel inputChannel = fis.getChannel();
        FileChannel outputChannel = fos.getChannel();

        // Create a buffer with 1024 size for buffering data
        // while copying from source file to destination file.
        // To create the buffer here we used a static method
        // ByteBuffer.allocate()
        ByteBuffer buffer = ByteBuffer.allocate(1024);

        // Here we start to read the source file and write it
        // to the destination file. We repeat this process
        // until the read method of input stream channel return
        // nothing (-1).
        while (true) {
            // Read a block of data and put it in the buffer
            int read =;

            // Did we reach the end of the channel? if yes
            // jump out the while-loop
            if (read == -1) {

            // flip the buffer

            // write to the destination channel and clear the buffer.

How do I copy some items of an array into another array?

In the code snippet below we are going to learn how to use the System.arraycopy() method to copy array values. This method will copy array from the specified source array, starting from the element specified by starting position. The array values will be copied to the target array, placed at the specified start position in the target array and will copy values for the specified number of elements.

The code snippet below will copy 3 elements from the letters array and place it in the results array. The copy start from the third elements which is the letter U and will be place at the beginning of the target array.

package org.kodejava.example.lang;

public class ArrayCopy {
    public static void main(String[] args) {
        // Creates letters array with 5 chars inside it.
        String[] letters = {"A", "I", "U", "E", "O"};

        // Create an array to where we are going to copy
        // some elements of the previous array.
        String[] results = new String[3];

        // Copy 3 characters from letters starting from the
        // third element and put it inside result array
        // beginning at the first element
        System.arraycopy(letters, 2, results, 0, 3);

        // Just print out what were got copied, it will
        // contains U, E, and O
        for (String result : results) {
            System.out.println("result = " + result);

The output of the snippet:

result = U
result = E
result = O