How to quickly batch rename multiple files on Mac

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NameChanger iconWhen you gather great number of digital photos, for example from your latest holiday, and might need to rename them, but the work is horrible if you do it manually file by file. This annoying problem can be easily solved with suitable app and otherwise very time consuming work can be finished in few seconds.

Experienced Mac users can also use Automator program and create batch script for renaming files. However, there exist free Mac apps that will help you with renaming files with a few clicks.



Batch rename multiple files with NameChanger for Mac

NameChanger is free file renaming app for Mac OS X 10.6 and higher. To install it, download from MRR website and copy it to your Applications folder.

NameChanger app for Mac

Users of OS X 10.8 and 10.9 will need to change Allow applications downloaded from: option to Anywhere (System preferences → Security & Privacy → General). Otherwise the application will not run.

Open NameChanger → Click on Add button in upper menu and select files that you need to rename.

NameChanger select files

Select rename options in pull down menu in our case sequence (one of the most used by users).

NameChanger rename settings

Set the sequence settings.

NameChanger sequence settings

Click on Rename button and wait till the NameChanger finished its renaming job.

Batch rename multiple files with muCommander for Mac

muCommander is free file manager for Mac that also contains easy to use batch rename tool.


Open muCommander and navigate to folder with files that you need to rename. Select these files by click with a Space key, or with "+" key (shortcut to select all files in the folder).

muCommander select files

Click on File menu → Batch rename... option (also Alt+F6 shortcut). Create a new rename pattern, set new name, counter, counter format, range and also you are also able to change file extension of all files.

muCommander batch rename tool

After you have set the rename pattern click on Rename button and wait till the rename job will be finished.

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