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How can I get only the filename using sed? I've this

out_file=$(echo $in_file|sed "s/\(.*\.\).*/\1mp4/g")

But I get the path too /root/video.mp4, and I want only video.mp4.

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basename from the GNU coreutils can help you doing this job:

$ basename /root/video.mp4

If you already know the extension of the file, you can invoke basename using the syntax basename NAME [SUFFIX] in order to remove it:

$ basename /root/video.mp4 .mp4

Or another option would be cutting everything after the last dot using sed:

$ basename /root/video.old.mp4 | sed 's/\.[^.]*$//'
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Using sed 's/\.[^.]*$//' as you have, will fail for (hidden) .filename and . and .. directories –  Peter.O Aug 4 '12 at 13:47

Use any of the followings ways:


out_file="$(basename $in_file)"

out_file="$(echo $in_file | sed 's=.*/==')"

out_file="$(echo $in_file | awk -F"/" '{ print $NF }')"

ps. You get the same string because in your statement \(.*\.\) matches to the string from the beginning until dot (/root/video.) and then you manually add .mp4 which is the same as in you original string. You should use s=.*\([^/]*\)=\1= instead.


To get the only filename without extension you can :

out_file="$(echo $in_file | sed 's=.*/==;s/\.[^.]*$/.new_ext/'

out_file="$(echo $in_file | sed 's=\([^/]*\)\.[^./]*$=\1.new_ext=')"

out_file="$(echo $in_file | awk -F"/" '{ gsub (/\.[^/.]*$/,".new_ext",$NF);print $NF }'
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But with any of those methods I get filename with the format and I need to get only the filename and put a new format manually. –  Shixons Aug 4 '12 at 6:30
Ah, that makes sense. I've updated my answer. –  rush Aug 4 '12 at 6:43
@rush: There will be edge cases, e.g. for a file named my.file.tar.gz. –  donothingsuccessfully Aug 4 '12 at 7:02
Thanks, that worked :). –  Shixons Aug 4 '12 at 7:08
@donothingsuccessfully there was a missing dot symbol in the last sed and awk. Fixed. Thank you. –  rush Aug 4 '12 at 7:09

The easiest solution is remove everything until last appearance of /:

echo /root/video.mp4 | sed 's/.*\///'

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