I would like to remove [] in multiple file names. I get an error when doing it with the rename command.

Is there another way to do this?


[] are special characters in Perl Regex syntax which is used by rename command. Use \ in front them. Example:

rename "s/\[|\]/_/g" *


s replace
| or
* for all files here
  • You're a hero. Thank you so much. Works like a charm! – Pramesh Bajracharya Aug 28 '19 at 4:07

I prefer to use this command:

for file in $(echo *|grep -E '(\[|\])'); do mv $file $(echo $file|sed -r 's/(\[|\])/_/g'); done

This will replace all square brackets to underscores in the current directory.

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