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Advanced Renamer

By Hulubulu Software Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review Staff Sep 26, 2010

Hulubulu's Advanced Renamer is a free batch file renaming tool that offers advanced features like thumbnails, image previews, batch undos, support for hi-fi audio codecs like FLAC and AAC, and multiple renaming methods, including the ability to customize and update the tool with new or different method lists.

Advanced Renamer's up-to-date interface features tabs, resizable panels, and an easily customized, spreadsheetlike main list view displaying selected files and actions. This program offers choices within choices, with plenty of default options yet many customizable features, too. Selecting the Thumbnails button toggles the display into thumbnail mode, which we feel is essential for handling image files. The File Info pane has an image preview window, too, for a more detailed preview. There are separate tabs for renaming files and folders, but the functionality they offer is essentially the same. Advanced Renamer makes it easy to select either single images or files or whole directories. We added a recent snapshot to the main view, clicked Add Method in the control sidebar, and selected New Name from a list of nine methods and Incrementing numbers from a list of 10 default tags, not counting a handy pattern wizard. When everything was set, we clicked Start Batch. A warning dialog asked us one more time if we were sure we wanted to rename the file. We were, and a dialog informed us that the job was done with zero errors, though any errors would have been listed. The program even offered the opportunity to add more files. We renamed some folders next, using two methods this time, but just as quickly. The Undo button restores previous names, and the Test Batch and Auto Test features are welcome extras.

With so many great free tools like Advanced Renamer a download away, it just makes good sense to try them before buying commercial software. It's hard to imagine what the average user would need in the way of a renamer that it doesn't have.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 3.82

  • Pair renaming active by default on new installations
  • Pair renaming will now prioritize media files when dertmining the master file in a pair
  • TV show import didn't handle file pairs well
  • Default setting for "Add files when batch ends" changed from None to Ask
  • Fixed not visible Apply To box in List and Replace List method when running display in 200% scaling
  • Performance optimization when adding files, detecting file pairs, and running batches
  • Performance of detecting name collisions improved dramatically
  • Fixed bug when using image tags for non images
  • Pre batch window now shows the number of methods that will be used
  • Added Bulgarian translation


Release April 4, 2018
Date Added April 4, 2018
Version 3.82

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows 7, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None


Total Downloads 34,491
Downloads Last Week 7
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Developer's Description

For more than 10 years Advanced Renamer has been a powerful batch rename utility. It enabled you to perform renaming of multiple files by configuring a set of rules. Tags are used to import music, image, or other information from the files and use them in the new file names. This program makes it easy to set up an advanced batch job using multiple methods on a large group of files. The eight different methods makes it easy for you to change the names, attributes and timestamps of files in one go.

With Advanced Renamer you can construct new file names by adding, removing, replacing, swapping, changing case, or giving the file a brand new name based on known information from the file. This program is a good tool for reorganising digital photos for both experienced users and beginners. Use thumbnail mode to display thumbnails directly in the file list for more control of the renaming process. With this application you can rename all your photos and image files in a snap. If your MP3 files have messed up names you can use Advanced Renamer to make the names more readable by using ID3 tags in the file names.

Selected features: Unicode; Undo functionality; Real time preview of renamed file names; Regular Expressions; MP3/ID3 naming; Image and photo renaming with EXIF support; Video file support; Thumbnail view; Supports both files and folders; Several renaming methods; Use multiple methods at once; Tag rename; Copy and move batch mode; Scripting support with JavaScript; Language support (English, Danish, Finnish, Chinese, German, Polish, Turkish, Russian, Spanish, Italian, Swedish).