Linux Command Library


strip directory and suffix from filenames

- Show only the file name from a path:
basename [path/to/file]

- Show only the file name from a path, with a suffix removed:
basename [path/to/file] [suffix]

basename ,NAME /[,SUFFIX/] basename ,OPTION/... ,NAME/...

Print NAME with any leading directory components removed. If specified, also remove a trailing SUFFIX.

Mandatory arguments to long options are mandatory for short options too.

-a, --multiple
support multiple arguments and treat each as a NAME
-s, --suffix=,SUFFIX/
remove a trailing SUFFIX; implies -a
-z, --zero
end each output line with NUL, not newline
display this help and exit
output version information and exit

basename /usr/bin/sort
-> "sort"
basename include/stdio.h .h
-> "stdio"
basename -s .h include/stdio.h
-> "stdio"
basename -a any/str1 any/str2
-> "str1" followed by "str2"

Written by David MacKenzie.

GNU coreutils online help: <> Report basename translation bugs to <>

Copyright © 2016 Free Software Foundation, Inc. License GPLv3+: GNU GPL version 3 or later <>. This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it. There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.

dirname(1), readlink(1)

Full documentation at: <> or available locally via: info '(coreutils) basename invocation'

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