Geany is a text editor with tabs: Geany tabs

Is there a plugin or trick that would enable me to rename files?

For instance I would like to easily rename editor.c to viewer.c

  • Without having to close/reopen the file
  • Without having to switch away from the Geany window

No obvious match among at http://plugins.geany.org

Bonus if I can also move files to a different directory, but just name would be already great.
"Save as" is not a good option as it does not delete the previous file.

2 Answers 2


There is no need for a plugin.

In the Save as … window, there are three buttons: "Rename", "Cancel" and "Save".

Try using the Rename button instead of "Save".

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    could be nice if Geany developers rename "save as ..." to "save as/rename"
    – Sadegh
    Nov 28, 2016 at 10:44
  • If there is a change on the code base, I propose removing the Rename button and doing an Rename implicitly on save when the name is changing (following the notepad++ behavior) Apr 7, 2018 at 17:53

In the tree browser plugin (Menu Tools -> Plugin Manager) you can do a rename on the file by selecting it and right-click (context menu -> Rename).

Don't forget to enable sidebar: Menu View -> Show Sidebar

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