Rename multiple files with Mac shell script

Simple renaming and renumbering script for multiple files

num=0 for j in *.jpg do mv "$j" `printf "myFILE.%05d.jpg" $num` num=`echo "$num + 1" | bc` done

Usage: In any text editor, modify the script so that the extension in the second line (here .jpg) exactly matches the extension of the files you want to modify. Also, change the file name in line four (here myFILE) to whatever name you want to use. In the Terminal, cd to the directory with your files. Paste the script to the terminal, hit enter.

Note, the way this is set up, the script will rename every file of the specified .extension in the current directory.

Replace file name suffix:

Another script. This script changes the suffix of each specified file in a directory. In this example from “myName_000_01.JPG” to “myName_000.jpg”

for i in *.JPG do mv $i `basename -s _01.JPG $i`.jpg done

Edit the the first line of the script so that it works on the appropriate files. In this example we have several files that have the extension of .JPG in common. Each of these files will be renamed.

The “mv” unix command is used to rename the files. Using the “basename” utility and the “-s” flag we can designate what part original name we want to keep, rather the suffix we want to remove. In this example the suffix we want to remove is “_01.JPG”.

Specify the new suffix that you want to add (here it’s “.jpg”).

Next, open a terminal window. Navigate to the directory where your files reside. Enter “sh” in the window, hit enter. Paste the script, and hit enter. That’s it.

scripts written with the assistance of Jeshua Lacock of OpenOSX.com

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