File Renamer

It had just occurred to me that I had never written about one of my favorite free file renamer applications for Windows. It’s called ReNamer, and I’ll warn you that it’s not a program for the weak at heart. It’s loaded with powerful features, and that’s one of the reasons I love it!

ReNamer lets you add a series of rules that it will follow for renaming files in bulk. I use this on a regular basis for renaming photos so that all of the file names don’t look like the generic DSC0000018.JPG or IMG0002388.JPG. With ReNamer I can sequentially rename the photos so that they all actually have a descriptive name.

This is the most powerful free file renamer that I’ve come across, and I’m sure you can find ways to rename just about anything using the different types of rules that are available:

File Renamer Rules

I had thought about putting together a guide on how to use the software, but I was already beaten to it. There is a Quick Start Guide (2 pages) and a Beginner’s Guide (27 pages) available in PDF format on the file ReNamer download page. The Beginner’s Guide covers just about everything you would want to know, and it has a bunch of screenshots to walk you through the all the steps.

Oh, and I almost forgot to mention one of ReNamer’s best features. You can download it with an installer or as a standalone 2.3MB program. I’ve thrown this on my USB drive, and carry it around with me wherever I go!

Download File ReNamer

Windows Tip: You can sequentially rename files in Windows Explorer by highlighting the respect files and pressing the F2 key. While this is convenient it doesn’t offer any sort of customizability.

There Are 16 Comments

  1. Also, this is a portable program, giving it even more utility. See: [portablefreeware.com]

    Enjoy!

  2. An awesome app. I only wish they had a true real-time preview, one that lets you see the changes as you key in the rules (without clicking save) – it’s unfeasible to burn up that much processing power when there are many files but it could calculate and show the preview just for the filenames visible.

    I covered AntRenamer on my blog way back but this one’s taking its place.

  3. hmm I’ll give it a try. Xplorer2′s batch rename is kinda hard to feel through and it’s quirky at best

  4. Thanks, I’ll try it out. Here’s an alternative that I’ve been using.

    [1-4a.com]

  5. Ever heard of Lupas Rename 2000 ?
    [rename.lupasfreeware.org]

    Also, XnView is quite interesting for renaming photos, because it lets you use EXIF data (eg: date taken) as part of the file name.
    [xnview.com]

  6. Lappy wrote:
    Also, this is a portable program, giving it even more utility. See: [portablefreeware.com]

    Yeah, that’s one of the reasons I love it. They actually offer a portable version on their site as I mentioned.

    Nosh wrote:
    An awesome app. I only wish they had a true real-time preview, one that lets you see the changes as you key in the rules (without clicking save) – it’s unfeasible to burn up that much processing power when there are many files but it could calculate and show the preview just for the filenames visible.

    That would be nice, but I think it’s pretty straightforward when making the rules.

    Ryuu wrote:
    Thanks, I’ll try it out. Here’s an alternative that I’ve been using.

    [1-4a.com]

    That’s not bad, but the interface doesn’t look all that great. I think ReNamer is a bit easier to use.

    s427 wrote:
    Ever heard of Lupas Rename 2000 ?
    [rename.lupasfreeware.org]

    Looks like it hasn’t been updated in a bit though.

  7. I use it a lot for generic files. For batch image uses i use the great Irfanview.

  8. I use this one, [skyjuicesoftware.com] which allows you to tag mp3s and rename from the command line. Not free though.

  9. Just a couple of weeks ago (before reading this article) I was in need and found Lupas Rename. It worked perfectly and it previews your file-renaming so you can make sure the new names look as you want.

  10. thanks
    I ordered my pics with foldernames with dots for a long time
    I decided to move to dashes
    this did everything in a min
    I was going to write a java program to handle but what a times saver
    thanks

  11. Nice Find!

    Here’s another one I like:

    [mediachance.com]

    It’s also called Renamer so I thought you were talking about this program at first. But as I followed the links, I seen it wasn’t the same software. This one is very easy to use. I was able to rename 100s of files in a few short seconds. :)

  12. Another Anonymous person

    I found a great program that allows you to view photo’s and file names before renaming the files

    [sourceforge.net]

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