Robocopy is very good for making simple backup of important files, as well as massive copying of files of different scenarios.

You have reasons of loving command line, and loving GUI.

I would assume you already love Robocopy, and might also use Robocopy GUI at least once.

I like to be lazy, while I love command line, I don't remember command line arguments. While Robocopy GUI has released some of my pains, the product still needs some face lifts to please our lazy and smart computer literates. We need Better Robocopy GUI to tame the awesome powers of Robocopy.


The program was developed based on my preference of UI design:
  • Most if not all Screen elements are visible in one screen without much tabbing on tab sheets or navigating multiple levels of windows, as long as the layout of the elements is not too busy.
  • Hints on command line arguments must come on handy, as I don't remember the arguments.

The GUI components representing the command line arguments are presented in a property grid which maximizes the use of the vertical resolution of the screen. And an text editor windows maximizing the horizontal resolution of the screen is for editing command.

You may construct a command line through modifying properties in the property grid, and you can edit the text of command line in the text editor window. And the changes you made in the editor window may be reflected back to the property grid. When you select a property in the property grid, or an argument in the text editor window, you will see the hint about the argument.

Some options are just combinations of other options. The program will assist minimizing such redundant options.

Surely you still need a standalone text editor like Notepad for editing scripts, while this Better Robocopy GUI should provide some helps for speeding up the drafting and testing of your scripts.


Better Robocopy GUI excludes the Job Options of Robocopy on purpose: if you use job files, you don't need GUI to construct options of Robocopy.

Robocopy GUI from Microsoft includes a 35-page document "Robocopy.exe Robust File Copy Utility Version XP010". This document is helpful for studying in-depth uses of Robocopy. As this document of Microsoft is copyrighted, I can not redistribute it. However, while the hints of Better Robocopy GUI are basically the replicates of Robocopy command line help, this is a fair use.


* Windows 2003/2008/2012, XP, Vista, 7 and 8
* Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 / 4.0
* Robocopy installed


The program comes with a single exe file which is packaged in a zip file primarily distributed at as well as You may extract and copy the exe file to where ever you like.

Remark: You may be amazed that BetterRobocopyGUI.exe is so small, just around 58 KB while RobocopyGW.exe of Microsoft Robocopy GUI is about 212 KB. Technically, BetterRobocopyGUI dynamically generate GUI elements at runtime, while RobocopyGW has most GUI elements defined at design time, which were built into the exe file.

Source Codes

The program was coded using C# of Visual Studio 2012, on .NET Framework 4. The package is hosted at



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I have a laptop which goes to sleep often, and a Windows server that runs 24x7. For important files in my laptop, I would make a mirror backup every day to the Windows server. I put all Robocopy commands into a bat file which will be launched by a task in Windows Task Scheduler. The task will run every 2 am, and if the laptop is sleeping, the task will wake it up.

From time to time, say, weekly, I would go to the Windows server, run similar Robocopy commands in a bat file, to copy the mirror backup into another mirror backup in a removable drive, which I would place in another geographic location.

Here's an example:
@echo =========================================== >> xcopysync.log
date /T >> xcopysync.log
time /T >> xcopysync.log
net use \\MyServer\bigd yzxlszy /user:zijian
@echo ------------------------------------------- >> xcopysync.log
if not exist \\MyServer\bigd\Backup goto end

robocopy D:\DelphiProjects \\MyServer\BIGD\Backup\Laptop\DelphiProjects /XF *.dcu *.dcuil *.exe *.bak *.~* /MIR /R:3 /W:10 >> xcopysync.log 2>&1
robocopy D:\delphicomponents \\MyServer\BIGD\Backup\Laptop\delphicomponents /XF *.dcu *.dcuil *.exe *.bak *.~* /MIR /R:3 /W:10 >> xcopysync.log 2>&1
robocopy D:\VSProjects \\MyServer\BIGD\Backup\Laptop\VSProjects /XF *.bak *.~* /XD bin obj /MIR /R:3 /W:10 >> xcopysync.log 2>&1
robocopy D:\DotNetcomponents \\MyServer\BIGD\Backup\Laptop\DotNetcomponents /XF *.bak *.~* /XD bin obj /MIR /R:3 /W:10 >> xcopysync.log 2>&1


Last edited Dec 16, 2013 at 10:53 AM by zijianhuang, version 2