If this command:

touch Test{1..3}.txt

Allows me to create:

  • Test1.txt
  • Test2.txt
  • Test3.txt

What syntax would I need in order to batch create files containing a space in the file names?

For example:

  • Test 1.txt
  • Test 2.txt
  • Test 3.txt

Obviously, I can create files with spaces individually with no problem just by using quotation marks (see below) but, for some reason, I don't seem to be able to do the same thing when using brace expansion:

touch "Test 1.txt"

So far, I have tried the following but with no success:

touch "Test {1..3}.txt"

Is there a problem with my syntax or is this just not possible with brace expansion?

2 Answers 2


Quote the space:

touch Test" "{1..3}.txt
touch Test' '{1..3}.txt
touch "Test "{1..3}.txt
touch 'Test '{1..3}.txt
touch Test\ {1..3}.txt

All the above work correctly.

  • Thanks for showing all the possible solutions! Dec 13, 2019 at 11:24

What you can try is something like:

touch Test\ {1..3}.txt

When other ways of escape char do not work back slash may work :)

  • 1
    It works!! I thought the solution would require quotation marks somewhere - very interesting!! Dec 13, 2019 at 11:23

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