Microsoft DOS ren and rename
About ren and rename
Used to rename files and directories from the original name to a new name.
In earlier releases of MS-DOS instead of using ren or rename you need to use the move command to rename your MS-DOS directories or files.
The ren and rename commands are internal commands that are available in the below Microsoft operating systems.
Ren and rename syntax
Renames a file/directory or files/directories.
RENAME [drive:][path][directoryname1 | filename1] [directoryname2 | filename2]
REN [drive:][path][directoryname1 | filename1] [directoryname2 | filename2]
Note: You cannot specify a new drive or path for the destination of the renamed file.
Ren and rename examples
rename c:\computer hope
Rename the directory computer to hope.
rename *.txt *.bak
Rename all text files to files with .bak extension.
rename * 1_*
Rename all files to begin with 1_. The asterisk (*) in the above command is an example of a wild character and can represent one or more characters. Because nothing was placed before or after the first asterisk, all files in the current directory will be renamed with a "1_" in front of the file, replacing the first two characters of the filename with the "1_" characters. For example, if there was a file named hope.txt, it would be renamed to 1_pe.txt.
rename "computer hope.txt" "example file.txt"
Rename the file "computer hope.txt" to "example file.txt". Whenever dealing with a file or directory with a space, it must be surrounded with quotes. Otherwise, you'll get the The syntax of the command is incorrect error.