Bulk rename: rename several files at once
If you need to rename several files at the same time, in this tutorial I will show you a couple of ways to do it.
Bulk Rename (GUI)
There are several “batch rename” software in Linux (like KRename), but Thunar’s Bulk Rename is the default software for this file manager used in XFCE. You can add the files with the “+” button and select the type od rename you want to perform: modify audio tags, insert date/time in the filename, insert or overwrite characters, numbering, remove characters, replace, and change to uppercase or lowercase.
util-linux package allows basic batch renaming.
rename [options] <expression> <replacement> <files>
rename 'DSC' 'ABC' *.txt
A more complex example:
$ ls # trimmed output ABC_100.txt ABC_111.txt ABC_122.txt ABC_133.txt ABC_144.txt ABC_54.txt ABC_65.txt ABC_76.txt ABC_87.txt ABC_98.txt
$ rename 'ABC_' 'ABC_0' ABC_??.txt
- This will add a zero after “_” only if there are two digits.
$ ls # trimmed output ABC_050.txt ABC_061.txt ABC_072.txt ABC_083.txt ABC_094.txt ABC_105.txt ABC_116.txt ABC_127.txt ABC_138.txt ABC_149.txt