rename (1) - Linux Man Pages
rename: rename files
NAMErename - rename files
SYNOPSISrename [options] expression replacement file...
DESCRIPTIONrename will rename the specified files by replacing the first occurrence of expression in their name by replacement.
- -v, --verbose
- Give visual feedback which files where renamed, if any.
- -V, --version
- Display version information and exit.
- -s, --symlink
- Peform rename on symlink target
- -h, --help
- Display help text and exit.
EXAMPLESGiven the files foo1, ..., foo9, foo10, ..., foo278, the commands
rename foo foo0 foo? rename foo foo0 foo??
rename .htm .html *.htm
WARNINGThe 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.
AVAILABILITYThe rename command is part of the util-linux package and is available from ftp://ftp.kernel.org/pub/linux/utils/util-linux/.