Column rename with suffix


I am trying to create a denormalized table by concatenating one over another.

I can’t create a suffix of the table name at the end of each column. I saw the row ids have suffix.

For eg.
Table name : Fruits
Col 1: Apple
Col 2: Grape

I want the o/p be like

Col 1: Apple_Fruits
Col 2: Grape_Fruits

I tried Column rename regex node, but it replaces whole value with the given value.

Any suggestion or Workflow will be appreciable.


The column rename (regex) node should work if you set the pattern as:


And the replacement as




@Braveen, this is the solution. I have verified.


Thanks for the answer.

Out of curiosity, how is $1 means original column name in KNIME?

Also, I have 4 column names and if I want to exclude those names while renaming (usually there are 12-15 columns present in each file), what is the syntax for that?

Let’s say, apple, banana, baby and ox are the four names

I saw and tried the document given in the node help page. I couldn’t figure out.

I know, I can do this using Column rename and manually change this. But, I have to do this for 12 files.

Highly appreciate the help

Thanks for verifying it.

OK, first the easy-to-explain part - in the matching pattern, (.+), ‘.’ matches any character, and ‘+’ means 1 or more of them, so ‘.+’ matches then entire column name. That match is surrounded by ‘(’ and ‘)’ which is, in regular expressions a capturing group (see In the replacement, ‘$1’ refers to the contents matched in the first capturing group - in this case the whole column name.

Now the more tricky part - excluding names. You can either use a Column Splitter node to separate the columns you dont want to rename from those you do, rename them as above, and then put them back together with a Column Appender node, or you can change your regular expression as follows:


This works as follows - the first part enclosed in ‘(’ and ‘)’ is called a negative lookahead - the matching must start by not matching whatever follows the ‘?!’ sequence - ‘|’ meaning ‘or’. Now we come to ‘^’ which means ‘the start of the string’, and then the same ‘one or more of any character’ match we had previously. Without the ‘^’ you will get some very strange behaviour in this case.



Awesome Steve. That’s informative.

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