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Flexible Renamer

CNET Editors' review

Naru's Flexible Renamer is a free tool for renaming files and folders, either singly or in large batches, including subfolders. It can rename items using a wide range of methods: copying, substituting, translating, moving, reordering, and attaching letters, numbers, and characters in specified or randomly generated patterns. It also supports Unicode strings for a wide range of languages. It has sophisticated, flexible filtering options to exclude or include items for processing, and it can modify file or folder information such as time and date stamp.

Flexible Renamer is a portable application that doesn't have to be installed: just click it and it runs. It uses an interesting and efficient variation on the typical Windows interface, with the usual left-hand Explorer panel and right-hand main view separated by a panel of controls, including a menu of commands, some filter options, and the Rename buttons. The main view has a customizable gridded display that shows the current name, new name, location, and other information about selected items. Since by far most people want a file renamer to manage the gigabytes of digital snapshots they upload, we started with some of our own. We browsed to a target folder and its contents appeared in the main view. In the central panel, we clicked Remove Number or String, and the selection expanded with many specific options. We made our selections, clicked Rename, and the renamed files appeared in the main view. We clicked Advanced Rename, and controls and selections appeared for Wild Card, Regular Expression, and Translation methods with search fields and numerous Presets and Support settings, the latter enabling a huge range of matches; there's even an email link to request new matches. The Advanced Renaming option proved easy to use for special instances, like renaming a batch of files to fit in a previously defined sequence. We also like the Tag Rename option, which lets you label files with information such as their type (MP3, EXIF, etc.) as well as the Attributes tab, which we used to change the date stamp to the date when the images were consolidated.

This is a handy file maintenance tool, and we recommend it.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    4.3 stars

    out of 27 votes

    • 5 star: 16
    • 4 star: 7
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 2
  • Current version:

    4.1 stars

    out of 12 votes

    • 5 star: 9
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 2
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  • 5.0 stars

    "Quick and easy to use."

    February 7, 2014  |   By way70

    Version: Flexible Renamer 8.4

    Pros

    Removed time stamps from all my files after 'file history' restore in windows 8. Windows 8 has a lot more problems than this great program. You will love it!

    Cons

    No cons from me.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Incredible and powerful renamer, just 1 bug left to fix"

    October 24, 2013  |   By vasili3209

    Version: Flexible Renamer 8.4

    Pros

    Can rename in almost any scenario you think of. Powerful. I have so many files I work with especially photos I have taken and this is the enabler to appending to or renaming of filenames.

    Cons

    When app is open and a directory is deleted the application crashes. Developer needs to work on this.

    Summary

    Highly recommended.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "The best file/folder renamer"

    October 9, 2013  |   By ravikantbpl

    Version: Flexible Renamer 8.4

    Pros

    i am using it for a long time.

    Cons

    didnt found yet

    Summary

    5 star

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Fast and Easy file renaming"

    September 28, 2013  |   By RKilroy

    Version: Flexible Renamer 8.4

    Pros

    Powerful renaming tool

    Cons

    May be too complex for the average user

    Summary

    Requires an understanding of how search and replace queries are constructed. I've been using it to rename a sequence of files, but Flexible Renamer is much more powerful if you need it to be.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Garbage - wildcard parser doesn't work"

    January 27, 2013  |   By Alan Mintaka

    Version: Flexible Renamer 8.4

    Pros

    None whatsoever.

    Cons

    1. Wildcard parser doesn't work, period. Junk.
    2. Can't select parts of pathnames and filenames in explorer for copy\paste in search/replace fields. Primitive.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Renamer for both single and batch files"

    January 21, 2013  |   By Belodedici8691

    Version: Flexible Renamer 8.4

    Pros

    Fast, lightweight, several options for the output result (separator, numbers, sufixes, extensions)

    Cons

    Not so intuitive interface

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Unbelievably great!!"

    September 4, 2012  |   By Ronnie8In

    Version: Flexible Renamer 8.4

    Pros

    There are several thoughtful, logical features that makes this program great that similar renaming utilities don't do/have. First, it will show you a preview of the resulting file name INSTANTLY - no clicking on another window or "test" run. Second, it allows the use wildcards on files AND folders, so if you have files you want to rename buried in a folder structure, it will find them. You can re-size the window to look at deep and long folder structures. The program allows using any combination of file and folder attributes in the resulting file name you find meaningful, including the parent folder(s) name(s). Finally, this program will rename thousands of files at once IN THE SOURCE FOLDER - no copying all the files to/from somewhere.

    Cons

    The options for including the attributes are a little cryptic for a casual user. HOWEVER, clicking the "Support" button lists all of the possible options that you can play with. Having the instant preview allows you to experiment with the renaming options, so it works out very well.

    I'd love to be able to filter out/in certain folder names, and I'm sure there's a way to do this - I just haven't figured this out yet.

    Summary

    It's a free, VERY powerful and easy to use file renamer!!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Do not download"

    November 19, 2011  |   By stevezv

    Version: Flexible Renamer 8.4

    Pros

    Has a virus.

    Cons

    Has a virus

    Summary

    Has a virus

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Easy quick and accurate"

    May 25, 2011  |   By The_Maluka

    Version: Flexible Renamer 8.4

    Pros

    Powerful and versatile file renamer, will rename 1,000's of files in a few seconds. Good search facilities for the current directory with or without the sub directories.

    Cons

    Cannot view the file contents, for instance of a jpg, to easily identify correct file.

    Summary

    I could not manage my computer without this utility which I have used for many years. File renaming is tedious at the best of times, Flexible Renamer takes away that tedium.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Rename files using any scheme you want"

    April 17, 2011  |   By davidroper

    Version: Flexible Renamer 8.4

    Pros

    Flexrena will rename any number files in any scheme you dream up.
    It also has the ability to copy OR move them after rename is done. There are so many tricks on this one you have to start using it to find them,

    Cons

    It;'s not that intuitive although you can use it right out of the box. It will take a long time for you to find all the features.

    Summary

    Rename using dates, numbers, phrases etc. Get it.

    Updated on Dec 12, 2011

    I was "in" on FlexRena since it was version 1.0. It is the Swiss army knife of renaming files. The only problem I can say about it us that is doesn't come with a good Manual with examples. It is not simple but the "undo" feature is great when you slip up And rename 100 files wrong. Get it while it's still Freeware.

    Updated on Dec 27, 2013

    Okay, I have reviewed this before but I must add comments. Ii have tried at least 5 or 6 other renamers and still FLEXRENA is the King, and the others are mere 3 star pretenders to the throne. It does EXACTLY what you want to do. The difficulty in use is the fly in the ointment. It IS difficult to use AT FIRST. No PAIN, no gain.

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