basename

return non-directory portion of a pathname

TLDR

Show only the file name from a path

$ basename [path/to/file]
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Show only the rightmost directory name from a path

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

$ basename [path/to/file] [suffix]
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SYNOPSIS

basename NAME [SUFFIX]
basename OPTION... NAME...

DESCRIPTION

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

--help

display this help and exit

--version

output version information and exit

EXAMPLES

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"

REPORTING BUGS

GNU coreutils online help: <https://www.gnu.org/software/coreutils/>
Report any translation bugs to <https://translationproject.org/team/>

COPYRIGHT

Copyright © 2020 Free Software Foundation, Inc. License GPLv3+: GNU GPL version 3 or later <https://gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html>.
This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it. There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.

SEE ALSO

dirname(1), readlink(1) Full documentation <https://www.gnu.org/software/coreutils/basename> or available locally via: info '(coreutils) basename invocation'

AUTHOR

Written by David MacKenzie.

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