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How to Rename Directories in Linux

Renaming directories is one of the most basic operations you often need to perform on a Linux system. You can rename directories from the GUI file manager with a couple of clicks or using the command-line terminal.

This article explains how to rename directories using the command-line.

Renaming Directories

In Linux and Unix-like operating systems, you can use the [mv]( (short of move) command to rename or move files and directories from one location to another.

The syntax of the mv command for moving directories is as follows:

mv [OPTIONS] source destination


For example, to rename the directory dir1 as dir2 you would run:

mv dir1 dir2

When renaming directories, you must specify exactly two arguments to the mv command. The first argument is the current name of the directory, and the second one is the new name.

It is important to note that if dir2 already exists, dir1 is moved to the dir2 directory.

To rename a directory that is not in the current working directory, you need to specify either the absolute or relative path:

mv /home/user/dir1 /home/user/dir2

Renaming Multiple Directories

Renaming a single directory is a simple task, but renaming multiple directories at once can be a challenge, especially for new Linux users.

Renaming multiple directories at once is rarely needed.

Renaming Multiple Directories with mv

The mv command can rename only one file at a time. However, it can be used in conjunction with other commands such as [find]( or inside loops to rename multiple files at once.

Here is an example showing how to use the Bash [for]( loop to append the current date to the names of all directories in the current working directory:

for d in *; do 
  if [ -d "$d" ]; then
    mv -- "$d" "${d}_$(date +%Y%m%d)"


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How to Delete Directories and Files in Linux using Command Line

In this remove or delete directories and files linux tutorial guide, you will learn how to remove empty directory and non empty directory linux using command line. And as well as how to remove/file files linux using command line.

If you work with Linux then you will need the following:

  • how to remove empty directory in linux,
  • how to remove non empty directory,
  • how to remove directory without confirmation linux
  • how to remove files with and without confirmation in linux.

So, this tutorial guide will show you you how to use the rmunlink, and rmdir commands to remove or delete files and directories in Linux with and without confirmation.

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On Linux, count the number of files and directories in a directory

Different ways to count number of files and directories in directory, subdirectory and hidden directory linux:

  • Count Files using wc
  • Count Files Recursively using find
  • Count Files using tree
  • Count Hidden Files

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How I Switched from Windows 10 to Linux Mint

This article is all about my journey on switching from Windows 10 to Linux Mint 20, how I got easily adapted to the Linux environment, and some resources that helped me to set up a perfect Desktop environment.


Ok, now I have decided to switch to Linux but here comes the first question. Which distro will satisfy my needs both in terms of GUI and other aspects? Linux is not something new to me since I have been working with RHEL based distros in my work for the past 4 years with the command-line.

I know RHEL based distros are good for enterprises but not for personalized desktop environments, at least that’s what I am thinking till now. So I started my research to find the distro that should be easy for me to use and at the same time should have good community support if in case I ran into some problem. Among many Linux distros, I drilled down my list to 4 flavors.

Related ArticleThe Best Linux Distributions for Beginners

Before deciding the Distro it is necessary you formulate the list of tools/programs or packages needed and check if the distro you choose provides all those features.

For me, I use Linux for two main purposes: one is for my professional development work, writing articles, and second for my personal use like Video editing and Movies. Most of the popular software are created to be compatible with Windows, macOS, and Linux like Sublime TextVSCodeVLC Media PlayerFirefox/Chromium browser. Other than these software, cloud-based services make our life easy Like Microsoft Office 365 or G Suite.

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User Administration in Linux - Linux Tutorial - Linux Training

User Administration in Linux - Linux Tutorial - Linux Training

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