You may have migrated over from Windows or Mac OS X to the wonderful world of Linux. You’ve selected a Linux distro (after a bit of fruitful distro hopping), chosen a desktop environment, and studied the basic Linux commands. Or you’ve been using Linux for decades, know the operating system like the back of your hand. Whatever your level of experience, you want some really useful free utilities. Software that enriches your workflow, offers new opportunities, and allows you to tap into new innovations.
Renaming files or folders can be very cumbersome, especially if you want to rename a high number of files. But it is not necessary to click on every single file individually, make some changes just to take the same procedure at the next file. Instead what you need is a batch renamer.
This article picks the best GUI batch renamers. We don’t cover console based batch renamers as they are covered in this separate article. We only include free and open source software in the spirit of our roundups.
Here’s our verdict captured succinctly in one of our legendary ratings chart.
Let’s explore the 6 open source tools at hand. For each title we have compiled its own portal page, a screenshot of the program in action, a full description with an in-depth analysis of its features, together with links to relevant resources.
|GUI Batch Renamers|
|KRename||Powerful batch file renamer for the KDE desktop with plugin support|
|GPRename||GTK batch renamer for files and directories|
|CoreRenamer||Simple lightweight batch file renamer application; part of the C Suite|
|Métamorphose||wxPython based batch renamer for files and folders|
|Thunar||xfce’s file manager|
|Caja-Rename||Batch renaming extension for Caja|
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