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PowerShell move files and change file name

PowerShell can easily move files to another folder.

Ever want to move files and change the filename or add date tags to the filename?

Well, it can be done automatically or manually.

Choice is always at the hands of the person doing the task.

Manual task is always practical if it is just a few numbers of files.

But if the task is repetitive or the files range from hundred to thousand, manual task could be daunting or probably not an option.

If the task is repetitive, automation should be a good if it not a best option.

If numbers of files are quite large automation is good as well, it saves time and effort.

PowerShell is always a friend when it comes to automation and saving time.

Here's the PowerShell code to move files without hassle.

This code below moves a single file to the folder location specified.

#Get the current date

$xdate = Get-Date -UFormat "%Y-%b-%d-%A"

#Write-Output $xdate

#specify the filename, date and filename extension

$str = "linuxrh_copy_" + $xdate + ".txt"

#write-output $str

#move the file to the specified folder location

Move-Item d:\linuxrh.txt D:\xlinux\$str


Why create a script when there is only one file to move?

Of course there is not much joy, if it is only one file.

But the script could come handy, if it the task has to be done on a daily basis or an interval of hour.

Just set a task scheduler and forget about it.

Well, if there is a need to move a hundred of files or more here's the PowerShell script:

$xdate = Get-Date -UFormat "%Y-%b-%d-%A"

$source_path = "D:\logs\"

$xbasename = Get-ChildItem $source_path -Name


#write-output $xbasename

ForEach ($xdata in $xbasename) {

#get the filename only

$xreplace = $xdata -replace '.txt','_'

#add the filename, date and filename extension

$final_filename = $xreplace + $xdate  + ".txt"

#write-output $destination_path$final_filename

#write-output $source_path$xdata $destination_path$final_filename

#do the action move the files

Move-Item $source_path$xdata $destination_path$final_filename



Cheers.. Hope it helps..

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