Quickly and easily rename files and folders

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With Rename Expert you can quickly and easily rename files and folders. The program offers a variety of innovative features to create consistent and, above all, meaningful names. With a few simple clicks, you can number files and folders, shorten long file names, rename file extensions and much more.

Rename Expert supports metadata such as EXIF, IPTC, and ID3. By using metadata, you can organize, sort, and rename files automatically. Despite its diversity of functions the program is very easy to use. With Rename Expert, meaningless file names are a thing of the past!

With Rename Expert you can:

  • rename thousands of files and folders at once
  • re-organize files (move or copy them into a new folder structure)
  • generate file names from metadata (for example, using the photo-shooting date or MP3 information)
  • automate the renaming by using the command line version of Rename Expert
  • rename files and folders by using CSV files

Key features

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Simultaneously rename folders along with subfolders and files
Allows the batch renaming of any number of files and folders in one go (incl. network support).

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Filter and sort functions
The extensive filter and sort functions can also be used for metadata, allowing the inclusion and exclusion of files and folders.

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Use CSV files for naming
CSV files - for example, exported from Excel, can be used flexibly for naming files and folders. The old and new name can be composed of several columns.

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Move and rename files in one step
In addition to renaming, files can also be moved or copyied into subfolders whose naming is based on metadata (e.g., picture taken date, creation date, etc.).

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Many special functions
Rename Expert offers a variety of specialized functions, such as adding the checksum (MD5, SHA, CRC32) of the file contents to the file name, the encryption of folder and file names, or the possibility of adding random characters to file names as well as to rename files completely random.

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Real-time preview of the new file names
All changes are shown in real-time and are checked for errors (e.g., duplicate name) to avoid possible conflicts.

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Rename files using numerous metadata
Metadata (EXIF, IPTC, ID3, etc.) can be used for the naming of files (e.g., for images and audio files).

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Numbering of folders and files
Files and folders can be numbered sequentially or in random order. An existing numbering can be easily overwritten or adjusted.

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Create file names automatically from file contents
With Rename Expert you can automatically generate file names from the file contents of documents (e.g., XML, HTML, or log files).

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Rename file extensions
With Rename Expert, file extensions can be arbitrarily changed (e.g., jpeg to jpg). They can be added or removed, and their case is individually customizable.

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Shorten long file names / Edit file paths with more than 260 characters
With Rename Expert you can rename files or folders that exceed a path length of 260 characters, and therefore can no longer be edited using Windows Explorer.

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Save rename-settings as profile
Action lists allow a combination of any different number of actions and can be saved as profile for future reuse.

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Rename many files at once

Rename more than 100,000 files and folders flexibly in one go
organize files

Automatically organize files

Move files into folders automatically generated from file properties
rename MP3 files

Use metadata for file names

Rename MP3 Files by artist and title (use ID3 tags) and much more

Overview of all features

Actions for editing file names

Various renaming functions

Filter files

Additional functions and features

  • Rename folders along with subfolders and contained files in a single step.
  • Command line support
  • Detailed view displays file properties and metadata contained.
  • Any criteria that can become part of the name, can be used as sorting criteria (e.g., metadata, file size, modification date ...).
  • Extensive filtering options.
  • Support for Unicode characters in file names/folder names.
  • Moving/copying and renaming of files with full network support.
  • Real-time preview and conflict testing.
  • Reads files and folders with long paths (more than 260 characters).
  • Drag & Drop support.
  • Renaming functions can be combined arbitrarily.
  • All settings can be saved as profile for reuse
  • Previous names can be restored using Undo and Redo.
  • Lots of templates (e.g., for creating web-safe names) are included.
  • Lists with file and directory names can be imported and exported.
  • When copying or moving files, subfolders can be created dynamically from file properties (e.g., creation date, the image width ...).
  • Copy and move files using a CSV file.
  • Automatically create folders and files by specification (create files and folders from a list or numbered consecutively).
Photo metadata

Support of numerous metadata

  • Photo taken date.
  • EXIF data (camera manufacturer, camera model, photographer, description, commentary, image width/height, horizontal/vertical resolution, flash use).
  • Image data (width/height, horizontal/vertical resolution, bit depth).
  • Audio data (artist, album, title, year, comment, track, genre, bit rate, album artist, composer, disc number).
  • IPTC data (country, country code, state, city, location, title, photographer, description, provider, source).
  • PDF data (version, author, title, subject, keywords, creator, producer, page count).
  • Video data (date encoded, width, height, frame rate, standard, aspect ratio, audio codec, video codec, overall bitrate, video bitrate, audio bitrate, audio compression, duration, title).
  • Document data (authors, title, subject, comments, tags, last saved by, revision number, template, content created, date last saved, last printed, program name, pages, words, characters) - supports XPS files, Word files, Excel files, PowerPoint files, OpenDocument files (e.g., Microsoft Office, OpenOffice or LibreOffice).

Awards and Reviews

Softonic award

Softonic: Rename Expert convinces by many combinable options for renaming files ... Especially handy are the freely composable action lists ...

FindMySoft: With its numerous renaming rules, real-time preview, support for Profiles, and undo function, Rename Expert is an exquisite tool for batch renaming files and folders.

Shareware award

Shareware: Rename Expert stands out from many other Renamers. A sensible range of possible actions, together with programmable action lists making the repeated use particularly easy, and the airy user interface ensures a good feeling.

Winportal award

Winportal: Rename Expert is really easy to use and includes many useful features. Apart from working in batch mode, you can also use this program to move files to a folder with a name based on the metadata, and you can number all files in that folder.

3d2f award

3d2f: Rename Expert is a lot more than just a renaming tool. It’s a multifunctional file management solution with an emphasis on renaming and a bunch of powerful features that will help you manage your files with a level of efficiency you never thought possible!

Software Informer award

Software Informer: Rename Expert has been designed to give you the highest level of flexibility possible – it offers you all the tools and features that you will ever need to change filenames, folders and subfolders names, and even extensions in a clever and logical way.

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