Renaming files is a common task that we perform regularly, whether it’s to organize our documents, clean up our downloads, or manage our projects.
In the Linux command-line, renaming files is a breeze, and you can do it right from the command line using a simple yet powerful command called
In this quick and easy guide, we’ll show you how to use the
mv command to rename files in Linux like a pro!
mv Command: More Than Just Moving Files
mv command, short for “move,” is a versatile command-line utility in Linux that allows you to move or rename files and directories.
While the primary function of
mv is to move files from one location to another, it can also be used to rename files by “moving” them to a new name in the same directory.
The basic syntax for renaming a file using the
mv command is as follows:
mv old_filename new_filename
old_filename: The current name of the file you want to rename.
new_filename: The new name you want to give to the file.
Renaming Files in Action: A Practical Example
Let’s say you have a file named
report.txt in your current directory, and you want to rename it to
summary.txt. To do this, you would open a terminal and enter the following command:
mv report.txt summary.txt
That’s it! The file
report.txt has now been renamed to
summary.txt. It’s as simple as that!
Keep in mind that the
mv command doesn’t create a copy of the file—it renames the original file. If a file with the new name already exists in the same directory, it will be overwritten, so be cautious when renaming files.
Bonus Tip: Renaming Multiple Files with
If you need to rename multiple files at once based on a pattern, you can use the
rename command. The
rename command allows you to perform batch renaming using regular expressions. Here’s an example of how to use
rename to change the file extension of all
.txt files to
.bak in the current directory:
rename 's/\.txt$/.bak/' *.txt
This command looks for all files with the
.txt extension and replaces the
.txt part with
Mastering File Renaming in Linux
Renaming files in Linux is a straightforward task, thanks to the
rename commands. Whether you’re dealing with a single file or an entire batch of files, these commands provide the flexibility and efficiency you need to keep your files organized.
We hope you found this guide helpful and that you’re now confident in your ability to rename files in Linux.
Remember, the command line is a powerful tool, and with a little practice, you’ll be able to perform a wide range of file operations with ease. Happy file renaming!
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