mv man page

mv — move (rename) files

TL;DR

mv {{source}} {{target}}

mv -f {{source}} {{target}}

mv -fi {{source}} {{target}}

mv -v {{source}} {{target}}

Synopsis

mv [OPTION]... [-T] SOURCE DEST
mv [OPTION]... SOURCE... DIRECTORY
mv [OPTION]... -t DIRECTORY SOURCE...

Description

Rename SOURCE to DEST, or move SOURCE(s) to DIRECTORY.

Mandatory arguments to long options are mandatory for short options too.

--backup[=CONTROL]

make a backup of each existing destination file

-b

like --backup but does not accept an argument

-f, --force

do not prompt before overwriting

-i, --interactive

prompt before overwrite

-n, --no-clobber

do not overwrite an existing file

If you specify more than one of -i, -f, -n, only the final one takes effect.

--strip-trailing-slashes

remove any trailing slashes from each SOURCE argument

-S, --suffix=SUFFIX

override the usual backup suffix

-t, --target-directory=DIRECTORY

move all SOURCE arguments into DIRECTORY

-T, --no-target-directory

treat DEST as a normal file

-u, --update

move only when the SOURCE file is newer than the destination file or when the destination file is missing

-v, --verbose

explain what is being done

-Z, --context

set SELinux security context of destination file to default type

--help

display this help and exit

--version

output version information and exit

The backup suffix is '~', unless set with --suffix or SIMPLE_BACKUP_SUFFIX. The version control method may be selected via the --backup option or through the VERSION_CONTROL environment variable.  Here are the values:

none, off

never make backups (even if --backup is given)

numbered, t

make numbered backups

existing, nil

numbered if numbered backups exist, simple otherwise

simple, never

always make simple backups

Author

Written by Mike Parker, David MacKenzie, and Jim Meyering.

Reporting Bugs

GNU coreutils online help: <http://www.gnu.org/software/coreutils/>
Report mv translation bugs to <http://translationproject.org/team/>

See Also

rename(2)

Full documentation at: <http://www.gnu.org/software/coreutils/mv>
or available locally via: info '(coreutils) mv invocation'

Referenced By

acl(5), filechan(8), forward(5), freeze(1), gio(1), icmd(1), inotify(7), lsof(1), mksh(1), mmv(1), newsq(1), prename(1), ptrash(1), refile(1), ren(1), rename(1), rename(2), shtool(1), shtool-move(1), symlink(7).

September 2017 GNU coreutils 8.28 User Commands