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PHP Manual :: rename

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(PHP 4, PHP 5, PHP 7)

renameRenames a file or directory


bool rename ( string $oldname , string $newname [, resource $context ] )

Attempts to rename oldname to newname, moving it between directories if necessary. If newname exists, it will be overwritten.




The old name. The wrapper used in oldname must match the wrapper used in newname.


The new name.


Note: Context support was added with PHP 5.0.0. For a description of contexts, refer to Streams.

Return Values

Returns TRUE on success or FALSE on failure.


Version Description
5.3.1 rename() can now rename files across drives in Windows.
5.0.0 rename() can now also be used with some URL wrappers. Refer to Supported Protocols and Wrappers for a listing of which wrappers support rename().
4.3.3 rename() may now be able to rename files across partitions on *nix based systems, provided the appropriate permissions are held. Warnings may be generated if the destination filesystem doesn't permit chown() or chmod() system calls to be made on files — for example, if the destination filesystem is a FAT filesystem.


Example #1 Example with rename()


See Also

realpath || rewind || Filesystem Functions || PHP Manual
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