Batch renaming is a process that is used to rename multiple computer files and folders in an automated way. It helps you to save time and reduces the amount of work that you might have to put in. Batch renaming is also referred to as mass file renaming or bulk renaming. Most batch renamers find a string within the filename and remove it or replace it with another. They can also set the capitalization of the letters in filenames, add a number sequence or extract information from the files. Other features may include changing dates, attributes (like write protected attribute), etc.
1. Bulk Rename Utility
Bulk Rename Utility is a freeware for Windows which allows you to rename multiple files quickly according to certain flexible criteria. One can also add, replace or insert text into filenames, and accomplish things like changing case, adding numbers etc. Photos can also be renamed using EXIF metadata. MP3 files are renamed using ID3 tags and file creation and modification time stamps can be changed. Bulk Rename Utility also uses a small memory footprint so it can be left running without consuming all your memory.
2. Wild Rename
Wild Rename is a multi-file renaming application that helps you to build and perform many file renaming operations one-by-one or in batches. It can be used to convert filenames to upper case, lower case or normalize the case, if required. It also adds or removes strings of characters from filenames, and replaces them using simple replacements or powerful regular expressions. Text counters can also be added to a series of files. Wild Rename is very popular among users for its simple user interface.
3. Advanced Renamer
Advanced Renamer is a free program for renaming multiple files and folders at once. The names can be manipulated in various ways by configuring renaming methods to suit your requirements. There are 14 different methods that enable you to change filenames, attributes and time stamps; all of this can be accomplished one-by-one or in one go. Based on the information in the files, they can also be copied or moved to new locations. GPS data can also be added to files. Advanced Renamer is available in over 15 languages.
4. Rename Master
Rename Master is a freeware utility designed to rename multiple files at a time. It is a useful tool for anyone who works with websites, file archives, media collections etc. This freeware helps you to add, remove or replace parts of filenames with ease, and also supports renaming by using file properties, MP3 tags, video tags, JPEG JFIF and EXIF tags and text files. You can also integrate Explorer (optional) with this freeware, making it easier for you to use it.
Rename-It! is a freeware application that can rename multiple files in seconds, even if they are in different folders. It is incorporated in the Windows Shell via Explorer’s context menu. The renaming is done by filters like Search & Replace, which replaces one string with another, Case, which basically changes the case of the filename, Crop, which allows you to only keep a part of the file name and ID3 Tag, which reads ID3 information and renames the file with criteria as per your wish. Finally, Rename-It! checks filenames and allows manual fixing before renaming them.