Massren is a command line tool that can be used to rename multiple files using your own text editor. Multiple-rename tools are usually difficult to use from the command line since any regular expression needs to be escaped, and each tool uses its own syntax and flavor of regex. The advantage of massren is that you are using the text editor you use every day, and so can use all its features.
The tool works by creating a file that contains the filenames of the target directory, and opening this file in the text editor. You can then modify the filenames there directly. Once done, save the text file and the files will be renamed. Lines that are not changed will simply be ignored.
Rename multiple files using your own text editor. It should work with any text editor, including vim, emacs, Sublime Text or notepad.
Undo - any rename operation can be undone.
Move files to sub-directories. See these instructions for more information.
Dry run mode - test the results of a rename operation without actually renaming any file.
Cross-platform - Windows, OSX and Linux are supported.
Safety checks - since this is a multiple rename tool, various checks are in place to ensure that nothing gets accidentally renamed. For example, the program will check that the files are not being changed by something else while the list of filenames is being edited. If the number of files before and after saving the file is different, the operation will also be cancelled.
The latest executables for each platform are available from the release page.
The easiest way is with Homebrew:
brew install massren
Alternatively, the Linux method described below should work.
If the installation fails, please follow the instructions below.
- Install Go
go install github.com/laurent22/massren@latest
By default, the tool will be installed in
$GOPATH/bin/massren. From there, you can either symlink it to
/bin or add
$GOPATH/bin to your
PATH variable with
Note that it is compatible with Linuxbrew, so the same commands as for Mac OS would work too.
The executable can be downloaded from https://github.com/laurent22/massren/releases
Note: Windows releases are discontinued as of version 1.3, as I do not know if they are used by anyone. The program still works with Windows though, and can be built and installed using the "Linux" method above. If you have any interest in maintaining the Windows releases, please let me know.
Usage and examples
Usage: massren [OPTIONS] Application Options: -n, --dry-run Don't rename anything but show the operation that would have been performed. -v, --verbose Enable verbose output. -c, --config Set or list configuration values. For more info, type: massren --config --help -u, --undo Undo a rename operation. Currently delete operations cannot be undone (though files can be recovered from the trash in OSX and Windows). eg. massren --undo [path] -V, --version Displays version information. Help Options: -h, --help Show this help message Examples: Process all the files in the current directory: % massren Process all the JPEGs in the specified directory: % massren /path/to/photos/*.jpg Undo the changes done by the previous operation: % massren --undo /path/to/photos/*.jpg Set VIM as the default text editor: % massren --config editor vim List config values: % massren --config
massren --help --config (or
massren -ch) to view the possible configuration values and defaults:
Config commands: Set a value: % massren --config <name> <value> List all the values: % massren --config Delete a value: % massren --config <name> Possible key/values: editor: The editor to use when editing the list of files. Default: auto-detected. use_trash: Whether files should be moved to the trash/recycle bin after deletion. Possible values: 0 or 1. Default: 1. include_directories: Whether to include the directories in the file buffer. Possible values: 0 or 1. Default: 1. include_header: Whether to show the header in the file buffer. Possible values: 0 or 1. Default: 1. Examples: Set Sublime as the default text editor: % massren --config editor "subl -n -w" Don't move files to trash: % massren --config use_trash 0
- Move files to trash in bulk instead of one by one.
- Detect default text editor on Windows.
- Disambiguate filenames when processing two or more folders that contain the same filenames.
- Other various issues.
Building from source
Go 1.3+ is required
go get github.com/laurent22/massren go build
If it doesn't build on OSX, try with:
go get -x -ldflags -linkmode=external github.com/laurent22/massren
More info in this issue.
Massren functionalities are supported by a robust test suite that has nearly complete code coverage. To run the test units, type
go test -v from the source code directory.
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Copyright (c) 2013-2016 Laurent Cozic
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