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Is it possible to rename default directories like ~/Documents, ~/Music, ~/Videos?

Especially I want to rename Videos to Movies.

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Possible duplicate of this question – Kevin Bowen Jan 15 '13 at 22:13
possible duplicate of Is it safe to rename special user folders? – stephenmyall Jan 15 '13 at 23:13
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Yes, the default home folders are defined in .config/user-dirs.dirs, which is a hidden configuration file, and you can open it with gedit .config/user-dirs.dirs. It looks like this, which is, hopefully, self-explanitory:

# This file is written by xdg-user-dirs-update
# If you want to change or add directories, just edit the line you're
# interested in. All local changes will be retained on the next run
# Format is XDG_xxx_DIR="$HOME/yyy", where yyy is a shell-escaped
# homedir-relative path, or XDG_xxx_DIR="/yyy", where /yyy is an
# absolute path. No other format is supported.

Logout/login for the changed to take effect.

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And how can I rename these folders? I can change path here only. – madox2 Jan 15 '13 at 19:32
Just type a different name, for example "$HOME/Movies" instead of "$HOME/Videos". – mikewhatever Jan 15 '13 at 19:35
Solved! Thank you – madox2 Jan 15 '13 at 19:53
I want to add that it took a restart for me to make the changes take effect. Wasn't obvious for me. – Christian Dreher Aug 23 '15 at 12:05

As I remember, Nautilus updates user directories if you simply rename them via the file manager. So I think right-clicking on the directory and choosing "Rename" from the menu should do the trick - just rename Videos to Movies in the file manager, it will remember the change.

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That's right, I just did it this way - much more user-friendly. – metakermit Nov 8 '13 at 16:04
Did not work for me on Ubuntu 15.04 – Christian Dreher Aug 23 '15 at 12:05

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