Bulk Rename Utility

Bulk Rename Utility

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 69 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.7.1.2
  • Total Downloads:
    136,629
  • Date Added:
    Jun. 21, 2010
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    963.9KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    423
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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Bulk Rename Utility takes the pain out of renaming and managing files and folders, assuming you can get past the frightening user interface. This free application can handle everything from simple search-and-replace to Perl 5 regular expressions, but it suffers from a cluttered user interface that fails to offer tool tips and, somewhat incredibly, abbreviates labels and button names.

The application window offers 13 primary functions, including inserting and appending text, auto-numbering, cropping characters, and moving/copying files. Additional menu bar drop-downs let you set global options, such as time stamp formats, color-coding, and activity logging. Bulk Rename Utility tries to help by offering a comprehensive Help file (although it hardly sets the mind at ease when the Getting Started section starts with DO NOT PANIC!!!! in large red letters). The application also pops Confirmation dialogs by default. But we found that experimentation was the best way to learn the program: The interface displays both the original file name along with what the end product would be if you were to make the changes you have proposed. The target file name is updated as you fill in the application's poorly labeled text fields, drop-down menus, and check boxes, but no changes are made until you click the Rename button.

Bulk Rename Utility provides a great and lightning-fast way to manipulate file and folder names in bulk. Its capability to handle file attributes, metadata, and sophisticated regular expressions make it appropriate for power users as well as those with simpler needs. Unfortunately, its poor interface means that new users will likely lack the fortitude to learn the ins and outs of this program.

 
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  • Current Version

    4.2

    out of 36 votes

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    • 2 star 0
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    out of 69 votes

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1 stars

"Hate installers"

December 24, 2014  |  By JohnnyWI

 |  Version: Bulk Rename Utility 2.7.1.2

Pros

Sounds like a great program. Sounds like it would do everything I want it to.

Cons

Comes with an installer that wants to change start pages and add shopping browser extensions. Either the program is free or it isn't. I would gladly throw a few dollars their way in lieu of crappy browser extensions that just slow down your computer and mess with your browser.

Summary

None. Never got to use it. Browser extensions are practically malware, and a very underhanded way of sneaking advertiser info that changes your start page, or redirects you to advertiser sponsored pages.

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5 stars

"absolutely brilliant!"

October 27, 2014  |  By kendawson

 |  Version: Bulk Rename Utility 2.7.1.2

Pros

It renames, renumbers, it can knock bits off add bits from and to anywhere in the filename. It did all that for me for nearly 800 files, all in a flash.

Cons

None at all but if you don't want malware, download it from the proper web site.

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1 stars

"Just a shell for a lot of malware"

August 20, 2014  |  By kirby001z

 |  Version: Bulk Rename Utility 2.7.1.2

Pros

There are no pros

Cons

Just a lot of malware

Summary

Why does Cnet even allow such stuff on its site?

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5 stars

"I use this all the time"

May 19, 2014  |  By XNam360

 |  Version: Bulk Rename Utility 2.7.1.2

Pros

I use Bulk Rename Utility all the time to name and organize my massive collections of images, music, etc.

Okay, so the main screen is cluttered... I only ever make use of about half of the stuff on the main screen - I'm not even sure what much of it means, but the features that I do use work very well - that's the important thing.

Frankly, this software is so loaded with features that I'm not even sure that I'll ever need to use; but that's probably a good thing - to know that it's capable of a whole lot more than just what I'm making use of.

One thing I really like:
The colored preview text makes it very easy to see the difference between the old filename and the new filename. I very much like how it updates instantly right along with me as I'm adjusting the settings - much better than the software I used to use, File Renamer Basic, which didn't show you the preview until you pressed a "preview button" after adjusting all your settings.

Cons

The cluttered interface of the main screen can be confusing.

And if you try to figure everything out, it's not exactly easy. I thought the HELP should explain everything, but it does a bad job of making itself clear.

For example, some of the sections on the main interface are titled with an abbreviation, such as "RegEx" or "Repl," but nowhere in HELP do the abbreviations "RegEx" or "Repl" appear anywhere! They do not explain their own abbreviations. I had to search through the help for a while before I figured out that they actually stand for "Registry Edit" and "Replace."

So it takes some effort to figure out what everything means (Of course, you don't have to know how everything works in order to use this software, just knowing the basic features are enough for me - I use it all the time, even if I'm not using all the features).

Summary

I used File Renamer Basic for years, but was very disappointed when it failed to work properly on my new Windows 8 computer...

But I've no reason to be disappointed any longer now that I've found Bulk Rename Utility - this software does everything File Renamer Basic did, does it better, and does more. I've been using it for about a month now and I've been very pleased with it.

Updated on May 19, 2014

Oops, I made a mistake in my review. "RegEx" stands for "Regular Expression," not Registry Edit.

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5 stars

"Quickto rename file.. its amazing software to rename"

May 05, 2014  |  By yosoft

 |  Version: Bulk Rename Utility 2.7.1.2

Pros

I try this software today. can rename very quick. safe my time to rename many files.. thanks to cnet bring this software in cnet

Cons

can rename all file.. its amazing

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5 stars

"Very powerful."

July 14, 2013  |  By boblite

 |  Version: Bulk Rename Utility 2.7.1.2

Pros

It has the great strength of showing how the filename will change in response to your specifications. I was able to extract the day month and year the picture was taken from the picture files, and to add the extracted date as a prefix in Year Month Day format to all the pictures, which is a great aid in sorting them and grouping them correctly.

Cons

As mentioned in the CNET review, the interface is initially intimidating. Be prepared to fiddle around for quite a bit of time before attaining any kind of mastery. But in my experience it was worth it, to help tag a huge number of photos with meaningful labels.

Summary

Very powerful.

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1 stars

"Adware attached!!!! Beware!!!"

June 07, 2013  |  By mdosh01

 |  Version: Bulk Rename Utility 2.7.1.2

Pros

Don't know. Never completed install.

Cons

I'm usually careful when downloading software, but I trusted CNET. Never more!! I ran the file and all it did was install the Sweetpacks malware!!

I don't know whether to blame CNET or Bulk Rename.

Summary

DO NOT INSTALL unless you are certain Sweetpacks won't get installed.

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4 stars

"Work is guaranteed to be done on time."

March 18, 2013  |  By Palkofin

 |  Version: Bulk Rename Utility 2.7.1.2

Pros

Using this line I was able to have all my files renamed in no time

Cons

http://BatchRenameFiles.org

Summary

This site is really useful to have all the files renamed.

Updated on Mar 18, 2013

great tool
http://BatchRenameFiles.org

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4 stars

"Lousy interface but it does the trick"

December 27, 2012  |  By zanetti2000

 |  Version: Bulk Rename Utility 2.7.1.2

Pros

very configurable

Cons

lousy non-intuitive interface

Summary

best of many that I tried and its free

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4 stars

"Easiest FOLDER renamer (does files also)"

September 29, 2012  |  By anthonygeraci

 |  Version: Bulk Rename Utility 2.7.1.2

Pros

Easy to rename folder compared to other programs that have better user interface and shortcuts. Simply uncheck the "file" box and leave the "folder" box checked.

Cons

Busy and unclear graphic interface.

Summary

Great for folder batch renaming. Although other programs can do it, renaming them is difficult to figure out. This was easy with Bulk Rename.

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What's new in version 2.7.1.2
Version 2.7.1.2 adds ability to browse for folder in "jump to path" action and treat EXIF timestamps individually.
General
Publisher Jim Willsher
Publisher web site http://www.bulkrenameutility.co.uk
Release Date June 21, 2010
Date Added June 21, 2010
Version 2.7.1.2
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory File Management
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Vista, Windows 2003, Windows NT, Windows 98, Windows, Windows 2000, Windows Server 2008, Windows Me, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 963.9KB
File Name BRU_Setup_WinNTx86.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 136,629
Downloads Last Week 423
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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