How To Batch Rename Files On A Mac

Have you ever wanted to rename a group of files? For example, maybe you wanted to select a group of images and give them names like Grand Canyon 1, Grand Canyon 2, etc. Here are a three ways to accomplish this task.

Use The Finder’s Rename Feature

Use the Mac operating system’s built in batch rename feature. Starting with OS X Yosemite (aka OS X 10.10), Apple built a Rename feature into the Finder. Click on the Finder icon on your Dock to open a Finder window. Select a group of files and then click on the File menu and choose Rename X, where X stands for the number of files you’ve selected. For a detailed tutorial, check out Tidbit’s article on how to use the Finder’s batch rename command.

Use Automator

Automator is an application that Apple has bundled with the Mac since Mac OS X 10.4. Automator can be used to create an application that lets you rename a group of files. For instructions on how to create this application read OS X Daily’s article on how to use Automator.

Use A Better Finder Renamer

Use A Better Finder Renamer, which is a great, third-party product. It’s free to try and then costs $20. It’s been around since the late 1990s. I’ve used it a number of times over the decades. I find it quite affordable and easy to figure out. It has saved me time from trying to build my own custom renaming app using AppleScript or Automator. It just works, is powerful and flexible.