How to rename files and folders using the command line in Linux

We accomplish this by using the “mv” (move command)


File Example: {codecitation class=”brush: bash;”}mv old_file new_file{/codecitation}

Directory Example: {codecitation class=”brush: bash;”}mv old_directory new_directory{/codecitation}


  • mv can move several files into a destination folder, or a single file.
  • mv renaming will contain the original attributes of the file or directory and also the creation date of the original file or folder

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