rename man page

rename — rename files

TL;DR

rename {{'s/foo/bar/'}} {{\*}}

rename -n {{'s/foo/bar/'}} {{\*}}

rename -f {{'s/foo/bar/'}} {{\*}}

rename 'y/A-Z/a-z/' {{\*}}

rename 's/\s+/_/g' {{\*}}

Synopsis

rename [options] expression replacement file...

Description

rename will rename the specified files by replacing the first occurrence of expression in their name by replacement.

Options

-s, --symlink
Do not rename a symlink but its target.
-v, --verbose
Show which files where renamed, if any.
-V, --version
Display version information and exit.
-h, --help
Display help text and exit.

Examples

Given the files foo1, ..., foo9, foo10, ..., foo278, the commands

rename foo foo0 foo?
rename foo foo0 foo??

will turn them into foo001, ..., foo009, foo010, ..., foo278. And

rename .htm .html *.htm

will fix the extension of your html files. Provide an empty string for shortening:

rename '_with_long_name' '' file_with_long_name.*

will remove the substring in the filenames.

Warning

The renaming has no safeguards. If the user has permission to rewrite file names, the command will perform the action without any questions. For example, the result can be quite drastic when the command is run as root in the /lib directory. Always make a backup before running the command, unless you truly know what you are doing.

Exit Status

0
all requested rename operations were successful
1
all rename operations failed
2
some rename operations failed
4
nothing was renamed
64
unanticipated error occurred

See Also

mv(1)

Availability

The rename command is part of the util-linux package and is available from ftp://ftp.kernel.org/pub/linux/utils/ut….

Referenced By

gdcmgendir(1), strverscmp(3).

June 2011 util-linux User Commands