As you may already know, we use mv command to rename or move files and directories in Unix-like operating systems. But, the mv command won’t support renaming multiple files at once. It can rename only one file at a time. Worry not. There are few other utilities available, especially for batch renaming files. In this tutorial, we are going to learn to rename multiple files at once in six different methods. All examples provided here are tested in Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, however they should work on any Linux operating systems. Let’s get started!

Rename Multiple Files At Once In Linux

There could be many commands and utilities to a rename bunch of files. As of writing this, I know the following methods only. I will keep updating the list if I come across any method in future.

Method 1 – Using mmv

The mmv utility is used to move, copy, append and rename files in bulk using standard wildcards in Unix-like operating systems. It is available in the default repositories of Debian-based systems. To install it on Debian, Ubuntu, Linux Mint, run the following command:

$ sudo apt-get install mmv

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