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How to rename multiple files in Unix or Linux

To rename multiple files at the command prompt, you can use the rename command.

The manpages describes the usage as rename _from_ to _file_

To rename all .csv files to .txt, this is what you do:

  rename .csv .txt *.csv

Easy as pie!

To remove all spaces and tildes (~) from *.BAK files:

  rename "s/[\s+~]//g" *.BAK

To remove all .pl, .cgi and .sh extensions:

  rename "s/\.pl$|\.cgi$|\.sh$//" *

Posted on 01 Jun 2010

TAGS: unix, linux, shell, bash

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