I have this folder that contains many folders, each containing many files with the name structure .XYZ.zip.

I'd like to rename them (using bash) to XYZ.zip (i.e. un-hide them).

I've seen a question attempting to do a similar thing,

alias deannoy='for annoyingbak in *.bak;do mv "$annoyingbak" ."$annoyingbak";done'>> ~/.bashrc && . .bashrc

but I've not been able to manage to change so it's done recursively for all folders down from the current folder.


The for ... in *.bak command searches only the current directory.

You want instead to use the find command, which searches recursively. This command will locate all zip files starting with a dot at any depth in the current directory (.).

find . -iname '.*.zip'

Removing the leading dot is a bit trickier though. The following seems to work (but may have edge cases, caveat emptor).

for f in $(find -iname '.*.zip'); do f2=$(echo $f | sed -re 's/(.*)\/\.(.*)/\1\/\2/'); echo $f $f2; done

This will print all the operations it would perform (echo $f $f2), if this list looks right change it to mv $f $f2 and it will do the renames.

  • this is my personal favorite (but i can't try it now, the computer on which the files reside is busy....): simplest [also good that it we can do a dry run] – user2413 Oct 19 '12 at 13:26

There is a good answer on sister-site stackoverflow: It says:

recurse() {
 for i in "$1"/*;do
    if [ -d "$i" ];then
        echo "dir: $i"
        recurse "$i"
    elif [ -f "$i" ]; then
        echo "file: $i"

recurse /path

OR if you have bash 4.0

shopt -s globstar
for file in /path/**
    echo $file

Say thank you over at stackexchange to ghostdog74 if this works for you. The askubuntu account will work there too.


You can use this command:

$ find foobar/ -type f -iname ".*" -exec rename -n 's/^(.+)\/\.(.+)$/$1\/$2/' '{}' \;

foobar/sub_dir/moresubdir/.foo bar.zip renamed as foobar/sub_dir/moresubdir/foo bar.zip
foobar/sub_dir/moresubdir/.one.zip renamed as foobar/sub_dir/moresubdir/one.zip
foobar/sub_dir/moresubdir/.two.zip renamed as foobar/sub_dir/moresubdir/two.zip
foobar/sub_dir/.one.zip renamed as foobar/sub_dir/one.zip
foobar/sub_dir/.two.zip renamed as foobar/sub_dir/two.zip
foobar/.foo bar.zip renamed as foobar/foo bar.zip
foobar/.one.zip renamed as foobar/one.zip
foobar/.two.zip renamed as foobar/two.zip

find will recursively search for all hidden files then pass them to rename. The -n param causes rename to dry-run the substitution rule to show you what those files would be renamed to. If you're happy with the results, remove the param so it renames the files for real

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