I used to rename file in Linux via a rename command:
rename 's/old_pattern/new_pattern/g' *glob
Is there something similar in Mac OS X (Snow Leopard)?
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With Homebrew, a package manager for OS X:
brew install rename
Then you can run the same
rename commands as in Linux.
Use the power of ZSH wisely (type
zsh in the terminal if you are one of those poor souls who don't use it by default):
autoload zmv zmv '(*).htm' '$1.html'
ZMV follows MMV syntax.
for i in *.yourfiles; do mv "$i" "`echo $i | sed 's/old/new/g'`"; done
And if you want to use it like I do often this way:
rename 's/old/new/' *.files
I recommend to use this litte script in ~/bin/rename:
#!/usr/bin/env zsh SUBSEXPR=$1 shift for i in $@; do mv $i `echo "$i" | sed $SUBSEXPR`; done
You can try to install MacPorts and install the
renameutils @0.10.0 (sysutils)
renameutils is a set of programs designed to make renaming files faster and less cumbersome
There are various version of rename. It looks like you are looking for the Perl-based one.
One version of this utility comes with the File::Rename Perl module. You can install it with something like
sudo cpan -i File::Rename.
Or, you could go with the rename from Debian's perl package. It is just a single file to download. Put it where ever you like and chmod it so that it is executable.
An alternative is the zmv tool that comes with zsh. It does not have the same syntax, but it does come with your OS and it can easily take care of many of the common cases.
If you are looking for a GUI, try Name Mangler. It has a "preview" feature that shows what will happen if you follow through with the renaming.
the equivalent command in renamer (cross-platform) is
$ renamer --regex --find 'old_pattern' --replace 'new_pattern' *glob
I just went ahead and found my favorite I've seen referred to as perl-rename giving the
rename command where help looks like this:
Usage: rename [-v] [-n] [-f] perlexpr [filenames]
That's how I know I got the one I like.
For Mac, even in Homebrew they have others where I just vaguely remember having trouble. So it's not the
rename package, and it's not the nongnu
renameutils package either.
Got it from here and just did the install like they mention: https://github.com/subogero/rename