Need to rename files based on specific string within the current name RRS feed

  • Question

  • I have a large list of image files that look like:





    I want to move the color to the front of the string (and remove from the end).  Is there an easy way to do this?

    I was initially thinking to move each individual color doing something like:

    Get-ChildItem -Filter"*-sandind" | Rename-Item -NewName {"sandind" + $_.Name.Substring(0,$_.BaseName.length-8) + $_.Extension}

    But that doesn't work either - nothing happens.

    Any help would be appreciated!!

    Thursday, November 14, 2019 5:37 PM

All replies

  • Pipe the "get-childitem -filter *.jpg" output to a foreach loop. In the loop do $_.basename.split('-'). That will give you an array of the 3 portions of the name. Then assemble the newname as you wish. Maybe like this.

    $newname = "{0}-{1}-{2}.jpg" -f $array[2], $array[1], $array[0]

    Then rename $_ to the $newname.

    Note, that assumes that all file names are in the 78103OW-3-sandind.jpg format. You should check the $array.count value to verify that there are exactly 3 items. 

    • Edited by MotoX80 Thursday, November 14, 2019 6:17 PM
    Thursday, November 14, 2019 6:15 PM
  •, since they are all .jpg, I don't really need the filter, right?

    Secondly, while I know some basic functions, and I understand what your suggestion is implying (i.e. create 3 arrays and reorder the arrays in the rename), I do not know the proper syntax to write what you are saying.

    Thursday, November 14, 2019 6:22 PM
  • No, it one array with 3 items. If the files are all supposed to be .jpg, then you don't need the filter. 

    There are plenty of examples on the internet.

    Thursday, November 14, 2019 6:46 PM
  • Your original code would work if you used the correct filter:

    Get-ChildItem -Filter"*-sandind.jpg" | 
        Rename-Item -NewName {
                 'sandind + $_.Name.Substring(0,$_.BaseName.length-8) + $_.Extension


    Thursday, November 14, 2019 6:54 PM
  • So, I have the following now (I used the "Write-Output" to make sure that I was going to get the right thing.  But I cannot use Rename-Item as it is asking for a path and the path is in use.

    Can't i just rewrite the filename or do i have to specify to a new folder?

    Get-ChildItem -Filter "*.jpg" |
    foreach { 
      $nameArray = $_.BaseName.Split("-")
      $newName = $nameArray[2]+$nameArray[0]+"_"+$nameArray[1] 
      Write-Output $newName
      Rename-Item -NewName ("$newName")

    I get the following:

    cmdlet Rename-Item at command pipeline position 1
    Supply values for the following parameters:

    • Edited by josh921 Thursday, November 14, 2019 7:36 PM
    Thursday, November 14, 2019 7:30 PM
  • Shouldn't you be telling Rename-Item what file you're renaming????

    $_.Fullname should work. :-)

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    Thursday, November 14, 2019 7:41 PM
  • I'm obviously a complete idiot.  Can you please help me with the syntax?

    I assumed:

    Get-ChildItem -Filter "*.jpg" |
    foreach { 
      $nameArray = $_.BaseName.Split("-")
      $newName = $nameArray[2]+$nameArray[0]+"_"+$nameArray[1] 
      Write-Output $newName
      Rename-Item -NewName $_.Fullname $newName

    Thursday, November 14, 2019 7:50 PM
  • Rename-Item -Path $_.Fullname -NewName $newname

    --- Rich Matheisen MCSE&I, Exchange Ex-MVP (16 years)

    Thursday, November 14, 2019 7:59 PM
  • Yes.  Thank you.  Just got that.

    Plus needed to add extension to the new name since we used Fullname.

    Get-ChildItem -Filter "*.jpg" |
    foreach { 
      $nameArray = $_.BaseName.Split("-")
      $newName = $nameArray[2]+$nameArray[0]+"_"+$nameArray[1]+$_.Extension
      Write-Output $newName
      Rename-Item $_.Fullname -NewName $newName

    Thanks very much for your help!!!

    Thursday, November 14, 2019 8:05 PM
  • Here is my take on it:

    Get-ChildItem -Filter *.jpg | Rename-Item -NewName {
      $part1,$part2,$part3 = $_.basename -split '-'
      "$part3-$part1-$part2.jpg" } -whatif

    What if: Performing the operation "Rename File" on target "Item: C:\users\js\foo\78103OW-1-newcolor.jpg Destination: C:\users\js\foo\newcolor-78103OW-1.jpg".
    What if: Performing the operation "Rename File" on target "Item: C:\users\js\foo\78103OW-1-sandind.jpg Destination: C:\users\js\foo\sandind-78103OW-1.jpg".
    What if: Performing the operation "Rename File" on target "Item: C:\users\js\foo\78103OW-2-sandind.jpg Destination: C:\users\js\foo\sandind-78103OW-2.jpg".
    What if: Performing the operation "Rename File" on target "Item: C:\users\js\foo\78103OW-3-sandind.jpg Destination: C:\users\js\foo\sandind-78103OW-3.jpg".

    Thursday, November 14, 2019 9:20 PM
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