6 Methods To Rename Multiple Files At Once In Linux

rename multiple files at once in linux

14 Responses

  1. Jove Riusec says:


    Thanks for the tip. I didn’t know about the rename utility.

    I use emacs with multiple cursors. It’s awesome.

    • sk says:

      Noted. I will try and add this tool soon. Thanks for the suggestion.

    • pyrenamer says:

      Since you mention it. please tell me how to I change inside string in `substitutions` section in py.

      Lets say I have 10 files:
      and that number string is different in 10 files and I want to remove it. Final result being:
      abc-xyz.txt for 10 files
      what syntax I need to type in `replace` section?

  2. Fritz Pinguin says:

    On KDE I prefer using krename. Great tool!

  3. bruce says:

    None of this looks easy. Bulk rename used to work on folders, but now does not. Only individual files. WTF, can’t find any reference to issue. Mint 19.1.
    Why do people ruin stuff that works?

  4. Meghna says:

    Thanks. Saved me from painfully renaming 100 files one by one. (Writing a shell script with a for loop was painful and unwieldy!)

  5. Dorothy says:

    Love the thunar rename utility because it’s so easy and so useful!! Thanks for sharing this information. : )

  6. Dorothy says:

    Bruce, in thunar you can rename folders as well as files, FYI.

  7. sk says:

    You’re welcome, Dorothy. Glad you find it useful.

  8. Leon Arundell says:

    Thank you.
    Thunar File Manager installed from the Ubuntu Software Centre and easily renamed my videos from /MOD to .MOV, so that my video programs would recognise them. No command line needed!

  9. John Erickson says:

    If you have the Nemo file manager you can also install thunar and then open nemo and click on edit – preferences then click on behavior and scroll to the bottom and insert the command “thunar -B” in the Bulk Rename command slot and it will now come up when you select multiple files in Nemo.

  10. Yavuz Selim Doğan says:

    I used thunar. Thank you a lot 🙂

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