COPY (Command)

Copies objects a specified distance in a specified direction.


With the COPYMODE system variable, you can control whether multiple copies are created automatically.

The following prompts are displayed.

Select objects: Use an object selection method and press Enter when you finish

Specify base point or [Displacement/mOde/Multiple] <Displacement>: Specify a base point or enter an option

Specify second point or [Array] <use first point as displacement>: Specify a second point or enter an option


Specifies a relative distance and direction using coordinates.

The two points you specify define a vector that indicates how far from the original the copied objects are to be placed and in what direction.

If you press Enter at the Specify Second Point prompt, the first point is interpreted as a relative X,Y,Z displacement. For example, if you specify 2,3 for the base point and press Enter at the next prompt, the objects are copied 2 units in the X direction and 3 units in the Y direction from their current location.


Controls whether the command repeats automatically (COPYMODE system variable).


Creates a single copy of selected objects and ends the command.


Overrides the Single mode setting. The COPY command is set to repeat automatically for the duration of the command.


Arranges a specified number of copies in a linear array.

Number of Items to Array

Specifies the number of items in the array, including the original selection set.

Second Point

Determines a distance and direction for the array relative to the base point. By default, the first copy in the array is positioned at the specified displacement. The remaining copies are positioned in a linear array beyond that point using the same incremental displacement.


Positions the final copy in the array at the specified displacement. The other copies are fit in a linear array between the original selection set and the final copy.


Redefines the array to use the specified displacement as the location of the last copy rather than the first copy, fitting the other copies between the original selection set and the final copy.