Linux mv with xargs

Sany's Linux and Open Source Blog


mv(move) command file/directory name we want to move and destination name.

Using mv command with xargs is bit tricky.

Here is the example to move all files from oldDir to newDir:

$ find oldDir -type f | xargs -n 1 -I '{}' mv {} newDir/


-type f is to find only files

-n 1 is for one argument at a time, that will move one file at time.

{} is the default argument list marker. You need to use {} this with various command which take more than two arguments at a time.

The main advantage of using xargs is it’s faster and efficient.


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