renames multiple files that match the pattern

rename 's/foo/bar/g' *
Useful when you want to quickly rename a bunch of files.
Sample Output
$:~/tmp$ ls
foofile1  foofile2  foofile3
$:~/tmp$ rename 's/foo/bar/g' *
$:~/tmp$ ls
barfile1  barfile2  barfile3

By: terrasect
2009-02-06 06:45:41

What Others Think

Beautiful. Thanks.
ccrandall · 629 weeks ago
The 's/foo/bar/g' option doesn't work on my linux system (gentoo). It only recognizes the 'from' 'to' patterns.
puddleglum · 627 weeks and 6 days ago
And for the perplexed: It will look through all the files for the pattern 'foo', and will replace it with the letters 'bar'. Thanks!
dotanmazor · 622 weeks ago
For those with rename (util-linux-ng 2.18) instead of this rename here is a one-liner that does the same thing: ls * | sed -e 'p;s/foo/bar/' | xargs -n2 mv
windfold · 523 weeks and 4 days ago

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Any thoughts on this command? Does it work on your machine? Can you do the same thing with only 14 characters?

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