Instance Method


Creates a hard link between the items at the specified paths.


- (BOOL)linkItemAtPath:(NSString *)srcPath toPath:(NSString *)dstPath error:(NSError * _Nullable *)error;



The path that specifies the item you wish to link to. The value in this parameter must not be nil.


The path that identifies the location where the link will be created. The value in this parameter must not be nil.


On input, a pointer to an error object. If an error occurs, this pointer is set to an actual error object containing the error information. You may specify nil for this parameter if you do not want the error information.

Return Value

YES if the hard link was created or NO if an error occurred. This method also returns NO if a file, directory, or link already exists at dstPath.


Use this method to create hard links between files in the current file system. If srcPath is a directory, this method creates a new directory at dstPath and then creates hard links for the items in that directory. If srcPath is (or contains) a symbolic link, the symbolic link is copied to the new location and not converted to a hard link.

Prior to linking each item, the file manager asks its delegate if it should actually create the link. It does this by calling the fileManager:shouldLinkItemAtURL:toURL: method; if that method is not implemented it calls the fileManager:shouldLinkItemAtPath:toPath: method instead. If the delegate method returns YES, or if the delegate does not implement the appropriate methods, the file manager creates the hard link. If there is an error linking one out of several items, the file manager may also call the delegate’s fileManager:shouldProceedAfterError:linkingItemAtURL:toURL: or fileManager:shouldProceedAfterError:linkingItemAtPath:toPath: method to determine how to proceed.

See Also

Creating Symbolic and Hard Links

- createSymbolicLinkAtURL:withDestinationURL:error:

Creates a symbolic link at the specified URL that points to an item at the given URL.

- createSymbolicLinkAtPath:withDestinationPath:error:

Creates a symbolic link that points to the specified destination.

- linkItemAtURL:toURL:error:

Creates a hard link between the items at the specified URLs.

- destinationOfSymbolicLinkAtPath:error:

Returns the path of the item pointed to by a symbolic link.