I have a folder with images(png, bmp, jpg) and extension-less files.

I can't figure out how to move only the extension-less files. They are all random numbered files.

2 Answers 2


With bash

shopt -s extglob
mv -- !(*.jpg|*.png|*.bmp) targetdir/
  • The ! is to tell the command to do the opposite of what is specified?
    – Dominique
    May 2, 2014 at 22:28
  • @Dominique, ! is an extended glob operator that matches anything other than the patterns specified, read more about it here
    – iruvar
    May 2, 2014 at 22:35
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    Can I just suggest writing the target directory as targetdir/ to guard against the case where if it doesn't exist, the source files are successively renamed as targetdir? May 2, 2014 at 22:44
  • @steeldriver, good point, incorporated. Feel free to edit anytime
    – iruvar
    May 2, 2014 at 22:47
  • @steeldriver, if there are several sources, mv won't do anything if the target isn't a directory. But you are right in that it won't work right if there is just one source
    – vonbrand
    May 3, 2014 at 8:59

Using the !(...) ksh extended glob operator for negation, so in ksh, zsh -o kshglob or bash -O extglob:

rm -- !(*.*) /dest

Would move the files whose name doesn't contain a dot (note that in shells other than zsh, if there's no such file, it could still move the file called !(*.*) even though that file does contain a dot).

Using zsh's ^ extended glob operator for negation, so in zsh -o extendedglob:

rm -- ^*.* /dest

In all the above, hidden files would not be moved, first because their name does contain a dot (they start with a dot), but also because hidden files are excluded from globs unless the glob itself starts with a literal ..

If you want to also move .foo files but not .foo.png, you can do:

mv -- ^?*.*(D) /dest # with zsh -o extended-glob

mv -- !(?*.*) /dest # with bash -O extglob -O dotglob
                    # or   zsh -o kshglob -o dotglob -o nobareglobqual
                    # or   env FIGNORE='@(.|..)' ksh93

mv -- @(.|)+([^.]) /dest # with bash -O extglob or AT&T ksh

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