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BASENAME(1) User Commands BASENAME(1)

basename - strip directory and suffix from filenames

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.

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

March 2019 GNU coreutils 8.31