How to Rename File Name in PHP?

August 6, 2020 | Category : PHP

In this example, i will show you how to change uploaded file name in php. This tutorial will give you simple example of how to change file name using php. We will use how to rename file name in php. We will look at example of php change file name in folder. Let's get started with php rename file name in folder.

If you need to rename file in folder php code then we can use "rename()" function of php. php provide rename function to rename your file from one place to another.

So, here i will give you very simple example and syntax how it works to change file name in folder in php.

Let's see bellow syntax and example that will help you.


bool rename( string $source, string $destination, resource $context )

You can see bellow parameter in details:

$source: you need to give file path that you want to rename.

$destination: you need to give file path for destination source.

$context: this is optional, It specifies the context resource created with stream_context_create() function.



/* Existing File name */

$filePath = 'images/test.jpeg';

/* New File name */

$newFileName = 'images/test_new.jpeg';

/* Rename File name */

if( !rename($filePath, $newFileName) ) {

echo "File can't be renamed!";


else {

echo "File has been renamed!";



I hope it can help you...