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Better Rename 9 is the most complete renaming solution available on the market today. That’s why, since 1996, tens of thousands of hobbyists, professionals and businesses depend on Better Rename to organize and maintain files.

Better Rename's user interface supports complex renaming tasks without sacrificing ease and speed of use. Simply drag the files you want to rename straight from the Finder into the large preview table or the application icon.. or use our Finder context menu and hot key.


The Instant Preview feature eliminates guesswork and costly errors and helps you find the right settings quickly and accurately by providing as-you-type feedback.


Better Rename offers a complete set of renaming actions that are organized into 15 categories covering all the text, character, position, conversion and truncation features that you would expect, but it does not stop there.


Photographers use the advanced sequence number and date & time features to clean up their portfolios or prepare photos for delivery to their client. Better Rename knows how to extract EXIF shooting date and time information from digital camera images and exploit them in creating sequence numbers or adding time and date information to the file name. Support for all major RAW formats (including JPEG, CRW, CR2, THM, NEF, TIFF, RAJ, ORF , MRW, DNG, PEF, SRF, etc.) extends this to professional photographers. Even multiple shots captured in the same second are dealt with reliably.

Version 9 adds powerful tag-based renaming allowing access to image, color, camera, lens and other meta-data. In addition it is now possible to manually reorder sequence numbers directly by dragging and dropping files in the preview.


System administrators, web masters and other power users will appreciate the presence of advanced features, such as regular expression support, conversion to Windows NTFS/SMB compatible names, the ability to import file names from a database, a spreadsheet or any other source that can produce plain or tab-delimited text files. The ability to save a record of the current and new file names greatly facilitates tracking your files.


Music lovers can use the built-in MP3/AAC support to exploit the ID3 meta-data tags embedded in most music files to create their own naming schemes for their music collection. Meta-data information from MP3, AAC, FLAC, OGG, APE, M4V and iTunes music store files are supported.


The multi-step renaming feature allows multiple renaming steps to be combined to deal with complex renaming jobs in a single operation. Unlike other tools, Better Rename allows any number of renaming actions to be combined, re-ordered, copied and deleted.


Better Rename takes file renaming to a new level of sophistication by introducing an advanced 64-bit multi-threaded renaming engine that solves many problems that other file renamers simply leave unaddressed. The database-backed renaming engine automatically resolves file name conflicts using a range of configurable parameters and prevents deadlocks. We care about such things so that you don't have to.


"Arguably the best file renaming utility on the market" - Mac OS X Power Tools

"Man! This is such a great renaming tool. It is really, really well put together." - Mac Break Weekly, 2010

What's New

Version 9.52

- minor bug fixes

Ratings and Reviews

5.0 out of 5
8 Ratings
8 Ratings


I cannot praise this software enough. The best power-user file renamer out there, period. It's worth every penny.

I know version 10 is out now (not currently on the Mac App Store at the time of this review) but I’d love to see iCloud preset syncing. That would make my life much easier. (Currently having to hack this fuctionality into existence with Dropbox and symlinks - less than ideal).

Steve Tsuida

Only people who don’t value their time pass on this app.

Sure, you don’t need to pay $30 for a renaming tool, you can rename things by hand if you want to. But that tells me you think your time as an IT, media, or design professional is worthless, and that I should pay you less, or pay someone else to do what you do. And you don’t think that, so just buy this app, and stop wasting your time renaming things by hand.


The best

I have been using many rename apps past 10 years and started using Better Rename 9 about 3 years ago. For first coupe of months, I didn’t like how difficult to get to the function to do a simple renaming task. So I tend to use other easy quick renaming apps. But when it comes to complicated renaming tasks, none of other app can handle them as good as this one. It takes time to learn how to use it and I don’t deny other apps if you only do simple renaming tasks, but this is my choie. I also like the developer doesn’t make frequent meaningless updates every year. This is already such an amazing app and not much room left to improve further other than the icon. I hope they could add some functionality that I can move (or copy) the files with new names to new folders in ‘Advanced & Special’ section but that’s something beyond renamer.


Frank Reiff
6.3 MB
OS X 10.7 or later, 64-bit processor
Age Rating
Rated 4+
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