Microsoft DOS ren and rename
About ren and rename
Used to rename files and directories from the original name to a new name.
Tip: 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.
- All Versions of MS-DOS
- Windows 95
- Windows 98
- Windows ME
- Windows NT
- Windows 2000
- Windows XP
- Windows Vista
- Windows 7
- Windows 8
- Windows 10
Ren and rename syntax
Renames a file/directory or files/directories.
RENAME [drive:][path][directoryname1 | file name 1] [directory name 2 | file name 2]
REN [drive:][path][directoryname1 | file name 1] [directory name 2 | file name 2]
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. With nothing placed before or after the first asterisk, all files in the current directory are renamed with a "1_" as the first two characters of the file name.
Note: This command does not append or add text to the front of the file name it replaces the first two characters of every file in the current directory. 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.
- How to copy, move, or rename files with a space in the name.
- How to change or rename a file, folder, or directory.
- See our rename definition for further information and related links on this term.