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Bulk Rename Utility

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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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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    4.5 stars

    out of 65 votes

    • 5 star: 42
    • 4 star: 19
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 2
  • Current version:

    4.4 stars

    out of 31 votes

    • 5 star: 17
    • 4 star: 11
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 1
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  • 5.0 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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  • 1.0 stars

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

    June 7, 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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  • 4.0 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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  • 4.0 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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  • 4.0 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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  • 3.0 stars

    "Request for PFrank Utility Review"

    May 11, 2012  |   By gmitano

    Version: Bulk Rename Utility 2.7.1.2

    Pros

    BRU is endorsed by CNET.

    Cons

    CNET list some strange behaviors. PFrank looks much more straightforward, plus seems to have a good scriping interface. Anyone here used it?

    Summary

    I've just been upgraded to Win7 and need to port files from my 3 old XP boxes, howewever Win7 doesn't like characters that were fine with XP, e.g., the "Registered" and "Copyrighted" characters and even "-". In researching bulk filename find/replace utilties, I came across PFrank which is an acronym for Peter's Flexible RenAmiNg Kit http://www3.telus.net/pfrank/ . This seemed to me to be possibly better than Bulk-Rename-Utility, so please consider reviewing this PFrank thing. TIAFYH

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  • 5.0 stars

    "It does what it says. Nothing more, nothing less :-)"

    March 11, 2012  |   By obach

    Version: Bulk Rename Utility 2.7.1.2

    Pros

    will change all those IMG_* files from canon to spring2012_* with a keystroke

    Cons

    none. It does what it is supposed to do!

    Summary

    can't hardly be better

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Hands down the best file renaming software if..."

    February 27, 2012  |   By shephp01

    Version: Bulk Rename Utility 2.7.1.2

    Pros

    Very resourceful features that are laid out in 13 sections that perform different functions such as: Replace characters, change case to upper/lower/sentence/title, change date format, change attributes, remove specific characters or special characters or numbers, etc. It can sort folders/files together and using varying criteria. It can also change file attributes and metadata for music and picture files. Best of all, it previews the changes before you decide to perform the renaming.

    Cons

    It is a one-page interface that can be a little cluttered. The higher your screen resolution the better.

    Summary

    It helps to know about ASCII. Bulk Rename Utility is quite simply the best and most versatile renaming software available if... you know how to rtfm.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Love this. Fast and versatile."

    February 26, 2012  |   By knickgnat

    Version: Bulk Rename Utility 2.7.1.2

    Pros

    Best renamer yet. Cnets negative review of complicated interface almost kept me from downloading. I don't find it hard at all, takes a few minutes to orient yourself to choices, but don't let cnet opinion keep you from trying this great software. and its FAST and FREE.

    Cons

    None for me. Interface could be "prettier" but it works for me.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Brilliant. No more batch-file renaming."

    December 5, 2011  |   By abcdaa

    Version: Bulk Rename Utility 2.7.1.2

    Pros

    Very comprehensive: It can handle all your bath renaming needs.

    Cons

    UI looks tricky at first. It essentially strives to show you all it can do in a single window, which can be quite overwhelming and is almost invariably unnecessary. A few simple tabs at the top -splitting renaming tasks into different categories - would help.

    Summary

    DON'T PANIC!!! It can do it. So can you. :P

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