You can rename any file in your repositories directly in GitHub. Renaming a file also gives you the opportunity to move the file to a new location.

Tips:

  • If you try to rename a file in a repository that you don’t have access to, we will fork the project to your user account and help you send a pull request to the original repository after you commit your change.
  • File names created via the web interface can only contain alphanumeric characters and hyphens (-). To use other characters, create and commit the files locally and then push them to the repository.
  1. In your repository, browse to the file you want to rename.
  2. In the upper right corner of the file view, click to open the file editor. Edit file icon
  3. In the filename field, change the name of the file to the new filename you want. You can also update the contents of your file at the same time. Editing a file name
  4. At the bottom of the page, under "Commit changes", type a short, meaningful commit message that describes the change you made to the file. Commit message for your renamed file
  5. Click Commit changes. Commit renamed file button