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Little Quick Tip – Rename Multiple Files

I used to use mv in a for loop or with exec, or xargs until I found a very useful command that’s included in almost every distro



$ rename oldfilename newfilename *filepattern


To rename all the files in the current directory ending with .htm to .html

$ rename .htm .html *.htm

You can use RegEx and for more sophisticated selections and use -n to test your changes before you commit them.

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