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I wish I had known “How to rename multiple files at once on Mac | iMore” ages ago

Posted by jpluimers on 2022/01/04

Coming from a Windows and Linux background, I was used that mass renaming files was a non-stock feature and getting it right usually a pain in the butt.

How glad I was to find out [Wayback] How to rename multiple files at once on Mac | iMore

Believe it or not, it used to be a real pain to batch-rename files on Mac. Times have changed and so have the names of those 15 files.

Prior to OS X Yosemite, there was no simple way to rename multiple files at the same time on the Mac. Some people set up Automator rules. Others tried workarounds to rename files in third-party apps. Finally, Apple realized our heartache and created a much simpler way to rename multiple files at once, and it’s only gotten easier as macOS updates continue. Here’s how to batch-rename files on your Mac.

The only mass-rename I regularly need is fixing typos or OCR errors in filenames: this means replacing certain text with another piece of text.

That’s this easy:

  1. Select the files
  2. Under the gear icon, select “Rename # items…”

    "Gear

  3. In the dialog, ensure “Replace Text” is selected
    Select "Replace Text"

    Select “Replace Text”

  4. Fill the fields “Find” and “Replace” with (and observe that “Example” will contain the new name of one of the files)
    Fill "Find" and "Replace with"

    Fill “Find” and “Replace with”

  5. Click the “Rename” button
  6. Done

–jeroen

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