I've got a user that creates multiple exported sets of textures from a visual editing program he uses daily. When these export the filenames come out with a pattern of "texture*" (e.g. texture_43522, texture511235, texture-341231).

What my user needs is a script he can run in one of these exported directories to add the letter "b" to the end the word texture so that he can import these textures properly into the next step of his workflow. (e.g. textureb_43522, textureb511235, textureb-341231)

I found a similar question here: similar question, replacing "-" with "_" but I am not well versed in batch scripting and am unable to figure out how to inject the pattern "texture" into the script instead of the dash.

Any guidance, reference, or code samples are welcome.


A solution I wound up using:

Get-ChildItem -Filter "*texture*" -Recurse | Rename-Item -NewName {$_.name -replace 'texture','textureB' } 

Please look at nixda's answer below and use the one best for your situation

  • The answer from nixda below is valid, but I wound up coming to this solution myself: Get-ChildItem -Filter "*texture*" -Recurse | Rename-Item -NewName {$_.name -replace 'texture','textureB' } – Miguet Schwab Sep 3 '15 at 14:29

I hope PowerShell as CMDs successor is ok

Dir D:\test | Where {$_ -notmatch '^textureb' } | ForEach {
    Ren $_.Fullname $_.Name.Replace('texture','textureb')
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  • Thank you for your answer, haven't had a chance to come back and comment until just now. Your solution did work but I wound up coming to this command myself: Get-ChildItem -Filter "*texture*" -Recurse | Rename-Item -NewName {$_.name -replace 'texture','textureB' } – Miguet Schwab Sep 3 '15 at 14:28
  • @MiguetSchwab I intentionally chose the where-object so you can use a regular expression. My version would also rename files called 123texture456.txt where as yours won't. Key here is the ^ sign which marks the filename start – nixda Sep 3 '15 at 15:16
  • thanks for the explanation, wouldn't the asterisk character before and after my pattern allow for it to capture "texture" despite any preceding characters? – Miguet Schwab Sep 3 '15 at 18:49
  • @MiguetSchwab Narf, I successfully confused myself. So here we go again. -notmatch '^textureb' means grab all files that aren't starting with textureb ie. are already renamed from a previous run. Whereas yours mean: Grab all files which have texture somewhere in its name. This includes also files like textureb123 which are already renamed froma previous run. Or 123texture.txt would also be renamed but they shouldn't since they don't fit your initial request. You should stick with my version – nixda Sep 3 '15 at 20:42

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