That’s a few steps but it’s a time honored method for changing a file’s name. What if you have half a dozen files? It’s a bit easier in macOS High Sierra. Select the files. Right click to select Rename 6 Files. Easy peasy, right? What if you have 250 files to rename?
Free vs. Donationware
Yes, there are at least two ways to rename Mac files for free. One is the historical method above by using the Finder to walk through the required steps. It works. But it doesn’t scale. If you need to rename dozens or hundreds or even thousands of files, you’ll end up with carpal tunnel syndrome before you’re done.
Enter Transnomino. No, it’s not a game for transgendered folks. It’s a donationware batch rename utility for Mac users. Use it for free. If you like it, donate a Euro or two. Or, more.
Transnomino does the basic file renaming with ease. Select a folder of files to rename. Then, add the requirements to the stack and what the name change automagically in front of your eyes on the Mac’s screen.
What you get is a set of renaming actions– from text replacements all the way to more complex Regular Expressions. Place them in the right sequence and a whole bunch of file names can be changed in an instant or two.
- Simple Find / Replace
- Case changes like Upper/lower-case and Capitalize
- Regular Expressions
- Prefix, to add text to the beginning of filenames
- Suffix, to add text to the end of filenames
- Set, to directly set the filenames to a specific value
What’s not to like about that?
You also get options to rename actions on a filename on the Mac, or extensions, or even the file’s path. That means files can be organized in a folder based on creation date or GPS address or another variable.
The ability to rename files based upon file attributes– date created, ID3, EXIF data– can also be added to the filename or the path. Even dates can be formatted the way you want (or use a pre-set format). Numbering can be added to all uppercase, all lowercase, or capitalizations.
While those are standards for renaming Mac files in batches, Transnomino handles Regular Expressions so you can get your Mac geek on in a hurry. This is about as good as it gets for donationware on your Mac. Click Here for more ways to rename Mac files.