Applies to: Windows Server (Semi-Annual Channel), Windows Server 2019, Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012
Renames files or directories.
This command is the same as the rename command.
ren [<drive>:][<path>]<filename1> <filename2>
||Specifies the location and name of the file or set of files you want to rename. Filename1 can include wildcard characters (* and ?).|
||Specifies the new name for the file. You can use wildcard characters to specify new names for multiple files.|
|/?||Displays help at the command prompt.|
You can't specify a new drive or path when renaming files. You also can't use this command to rename files across drives or to move files to a different directory.
Characters represented by wildcard characters in filename2 will be identical to the corresponding characters in filename1.
Filename2 must be a unique file name. If filename2 matches an existing file name, the following message appears:
Duplicate file name or file not found.
To change all the .txt file name extensions in the current directory to .doc extensions, type:
ren *.txt *.doc
To change the name of a directory from Chap10 to Part10, type:
ren chap10 part10