How to rename given file name in Java?

Problem Description :

Write a program in Java that rename's given file name.

Java program that renames given file name.
How to rename the given file name in Java?

Concept :

We need to use the following method of File class that is present in* package.

public boolean renameTo(File dest) - It returns true if and only if the renaming succeeded otherwise false.

Java Program :

package com.javamultiplex.FileHandling;

import java.util.Scanner;

 * @author Rohit Agarwal
 * @category File Handling
 * @problem How to rename given file in Java?
public class RenameFile {

 public static void main(String[] args) {

  Scanner input = null;
  try {
   input = new Scanner(;
   System.out.println("Enter old file name with extension : ");
   String oldFileName = input.nextLine();
   if (isValidFileName(oldFileName)) {
    //File is present in current working directory.
    File oldFile = new File(oldFileName);
    if (oldFile.exists()) {
     System.out.println("Enter new file name with extension : ");
     String newFileName = input.nextLine();
     if (isValidFileName(newFileName)) {
      File newFile = new File(newFileName);
      System.out.println("File renamed successfully.");
    } else {
     System.out.println("Old File doesn't exist in current directory.");
   } else {
    System.out.println("Old file name is not valid.");
  } finally {
   if (input != null) {


 private static boolean isValidFileName(String fileName) {

  // Regular expression for validating file names.
  String pattern = "^.+\\..+$";
  boolean result = false;
  if (fileName.matches(pattern)) {
   result = true;
  return result;



Output of Java program that renames given file name.
Output - How to rename given file name in Java?


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Tags : File Handling, renaming file, if else, Scanner, String, File, renameTo(File), exists(), Regular expression,

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