Terminal Batch Rename

A: Changing a single file extension in Windows is simple. Just highlight the filename in Windows Explorer and type a new extension after the dot. While this method works fine for a small number of files, manually editing a large number of filenames can take a long time. Fortunately, you can speed up the process through automation by following the steps below.

Files in a Single Folder

Mar 04, 2020 A command-line terminal is an essential tool for administrating Linux servers. It provides Linux users some of the best productivity tools while saving your machine’s resources. To effectively use the potential of Linux, you will need to have strong knowledge of the fundamentals – simple commands, like renaming existing files and folders. I'd like to batch remove one underscore and the middle content so the output would be. Prefix567.png prefixefg.png thanks relevant but not completely explanatory: how can I batch rename files using the Terminal? Regex to batch rename files in OS X Terminal. So if i can get a batch file that can be put on the user's desktop which will have the share of the Windows Server 2003 Terminal Services Profile of the user and once he double clicks it, it will rename his folder name to.OLD in that share path. An efficient way to perform the rename operation is to construct the rename commands in a sed pipeline and feed them into the shell.

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Below is an example folder with several .TXT files that need to be changed to .XML files.

1. In order to batch rename file extensions, you will first need to open the Windows Command Prompt. To do this, choose Start → Accessories → Command Prompt.

Double diffraction. Aug 13, 2018 If you would like to know more about rename command, type the “ man rename ” in the terminal. The rename command is very useful, if you are dealing with multiple or batch renaming of files from the command line. Do give a try and let me know, how far is useful in terms of renaming of files.

You can also type 'cmd' and press Enter in the Windows Start Menu text field.

2. Navigate to the directory containing the files to rename using the 'cd' command ('cd' stands for 'change directory'). For example, you would type 'cd DesktopXML Docs' to navigate to a folder named 'XML Docs' on the Windows desktop.

3. Type the following command, which will rename all *.txt files in the current folder to *.xml files:

ren *.txt *.xml

The ren command (short for 'rename') provides a simple way to rename one or more files using the Command Prompt. The asterisk (*) in the example above serves as a wildcard character, which is used to rename all files ending in '.txt'.
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4. The files are all renamed from *.txt to *.xml:

NOTE: If your files have different extensions, or they do not have an extension at all and you would like to add an extension to them, you can use this command instead:

ren * *.xml

Files in Subfolders

Renaming files in subfolders (or subdirectories) is a more complex task that requires additional syntax. The following command uses a loop that iterates through subfolders (one level deep) and changes all file extensions from *.txt to *.xml:

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for /d %x in (*) do pushd %x & ren *.txt *.xml & popd

You can replace *.txt and *.xml with any other extensions in the commands above. Also, you can replace *.txt (the first variable) with just * if you want to rename all extensions for all files.


NOTE: Make sure you type the commands above correctly, as you may not be able to undo the renaming process. If you want to be extra safe, you can copy the files to a new folder so that you have a backup of the files before you run the rename command. Once the renaming process completes successfully, you can delete the extra copy of the files.

Rename function in a batch file

Updated: October 4, 2012