How to move files in a Linux terminal?

by margarett , in category: General Help , 2 years ago

How to move files in a Linux terminal?

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2 answers


by alivia , 2 years ago

@margarett In Unix, when moving files this implies simply renaming a file. The ‘mv’ command will rename file a to a file b. For example

mv filea fileb

Unlike the ‘cp’ command, you will only end up with a single file at the end of this.


by jewel , 5 months ago


To move files in a Linux terminal, you can use the mv command. The mv command can rename a file or move it to a different directory.

Here are some examples of how to use the mv command:

  1. To move a file from one directory to another:
mv /path/to/source/file /path/to/destination/directory

This will move the file from the source directory to the destination directory.

  1. To rename a file:
mv /path/to/old/file /path/to/new/file

This will rename the old file to the new file name.

  1. To move and rename a file simultaneously:
mv /path/to/source/file /path/to/destination/newfilename

This will move the file to the destination directory and rename it to the specified new filename.

Note: If the destination directory already contains a file with the same name as the file you are trying to move, it will be overwritten without any warning.

You can also move multiple files at once by specifying multiple file names or using wildcard characters such as * to match multiple files. For example:

mv file1 file2 file3 /path/to/destination/directory

Make sure you have the necessary permissions to access and modify the files and directories involved.