mv (1)

Quick Reference

Move or rename files and directories.

  • Move files in arbitrary locations:

mv {{source}} {{target}}

  • Do not prompt for confirmation before overwriting existing files:

mv -f {{source}} {{target}}

  • Prompt for confirmation before overwriting existing files, regardless of file permissions:

mv -i {{source}} {{target}}

  • Do not overwrite existing files at the target:

mv -n {{source}} {{target}}

  • Move files in verbose mode, showing files after they are moved:

mv -v {{source}} {{target}}

NAME

mv - move (rename) files

SYNOPSIS

mv [ OPTION]... [-T] SOURCE DEST
 
mv [ OPTION]... SOURCE... DIRECTORY
 
mv [ OPTION]... -t DIRECTORY SOURCE...

DESCRIPTION

Rename SOURCE to DEST, or move SOURCE(s) to DIRECTORY.
Mandatory arguments to long options are mandatory for short options too.
--backup[=CONTROL]
make a backup of each existing destination file
-b
like --backup but does not accept an argument
-f, --force
do not prompt before overwriting
-i, --interactive
prompt before overwrite
-n, --no-clobber
do not overwrite an existing file
If you specify more than one of -i, -f, -n, only the final one takes effect.
--strip-trailing-slashes
remove any trailing slashes from each SOURCE argument
-S, --suffix=SUFFIX
override the usual backup suffix
-t, --target-directory=DIRECTORY
move all SOURCE arguments into DIRECTORY
-T, --no-target-directory
treat DEST as a normal file
-u, --update
move only when the SOURCE file is newer than the destination file or when the destination file is missing
-v, --verbose
explain what is being done
-Z, --context
set SELinux security context of destination file to default type
--help
display this help and exit
--version
output version information and exit
The backup suffix is '~', unless set with --suffix or SIMPLE_BACKUP_SUFFIX. The version control method may be selected via the --backup option or through the VERSION_CONTROL environment variable. Here are the values:
none, off
never make backups (even if --backup is given)
numbered, t
make numbered backups
existing, nil
numbered if numbered backups exist, simple otherwise
simple, never
always make simple backups

AUTHOR

Written by Mike Parker, David MacKenzie, and Jim Meyering.

REPORTING BUGS

GNU coreutils online help: <https://www.gnu.org/software/coreutils/>
 
Report mv translation bugs to <https://translationproject.org/team/>

SEE ALSO

rename(2)
Full documentation at: <https://www.gnu.org/software/coreutils/mv>
 
or available locally via: info '(coreutils) mv invocation'

Information

Source
Coreutils
OS/version
GNU coreutils 8.29.13-0a854
Source updated
December 2, 2018
Page created
February 9, 2018
Page generated
December 2, 2018