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replace strings in file names

Terminal - replace strings in file names
rename 's/foo/bar/g' foobar
2010-08-19 03:33:13
Functions: rename
replace strings in file names

Uses vi style search / replace in bash to rename files. Works with regex's too (I use the following a script to fixup / shorten file names):

# Remove complete parenthetical/bracket/brace phrases

rename 's/\(.*\)//g' *

rename 's/\[.*\]//g' *

rename 's/\{.*\}//g' *


There is 1 alternative - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
for i in $(find . -name *replaceme*);do mv "$i" "${i//replaceme/withme}"; done
2010-08-19 03:22:15
User: lefnire
Functions: find mv
Tags: bash

rename is a great command, but can't get it to work on mac.

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What others think

Which rename can do this? On Fedora 13, "man rename" says nothing about regexp, only plain text replacements.

which rename


rename --version

rename (util-linux-ng 2.17.2)

man rename


rename from to file...

rename -V


rename will rename the specified files by replacing the first occurrence of _from_ in their name by _to_.

Comment by sklm 309 weeks and 6 days ago

Right, it wouldn't have that in the rename command. The ability to do the search/replace using regex's is actually a function of the bash shell, which uses the sed style syntax and is handled during the globbing / expansion process.

Comment by unixmonkey11428 309 weeks and 6 days ago

I thought rename was a perl script that took a regex and a list of file names as argiments.

Comment by kaedenn 309 weeks and 6 days ago

I think you're right kaedenn:

rename -v

Usage: rename [-v] [-n] [-f] perlexpr [filenames]

cat $(which rename) | head -n 1

#!/usr/bin/perl -w

Comment by cicatriz 309 weeks and 6 days ago

Yup, you guys are correct, it is a perl script, and is taking a perl regex. My bad on that...

Comment by unixmonkey11428 309 weeks and 6 days ago

Your point of view

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