theRenamer: The Easiest Way to Rename Your TV and Movie Files

theRenamer: Easy Media File Renaming

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I’m sure most of our readers will have heard of theRenamer already, but I thought I would give it a quick write up in case they haven’t.

theRenamer is a small program for Windows that allows you to easily rename your downloaded files by doing nothing more than dragging and dropping. It works by pulling the name of the movie or episode from the text of the file name, getting rid of anything extra in that string and then looking up the media on either IMDB (for movies) or (for TV episodes). A complicated example looks like this:

  •  theRenamer takes file names that look like this: [vd-mux-ita]The.Unit.1×01.Piromane.ITA.DVDMux.[].avi
  • And changes them to look like this: The Unit.1×01.First Responders.avi

theRenamer also has the capability to move files after it’s done renaming them, so you can drag a file into it from your downloads folder and it can end up sorted into it’s proper show folder in your media library. The move function is pretty customizeable so if you have a non-standard media library layout don’t fret.

In fact, the entire application is pretty customizeable. It will let you add string of text to be deleted from file names and it lets you choose how exactly you want your files to be renamed in terms of season number, episode number, episode title, etc. For movies you can tack on the IMDB and/or MPAA rating and the year to the file name.

Possibly the best thing about theRenamer though is that you aren’t limited to one file at a time. You can drag in entire folders and, depending on your settings, theRenamer will only attempt to rename and move media and subtitle files. For all you scripters/automaters out there, theRenamer includes a few basic command line options so that you can include it in your scripts or EventGhost setups. It should be noted though, when renaming multiple files you must change the mode between Movie and TV Shows to rename those types of files. If you put a batch of files into theRenamer in TV mode and that batch contains movies, the movies may get renamed improperly but they probably just won’t get renamed at all.

Even if you don’t use it on a regular basis, it’s a good program to keep installed just as part of your media toolbox.

Quick Setup Guide + Tips

I do enjoy guides, so I’ll walk you through quickly setting up theRenamer and accessing the options.

  • First download theRenamer from here: (click the “Latest Version” link) (changelog)
  • Then, run the installer you just downloaded.
  • There’s not much the to setup, you can simply accept the defaults as you click through.
  • Once the install completes, run theRenamer. It will open to the TV Rename mode. To change the mode to Movie Rename, click the big green “tvshows” text. To change it back, click the big blue “movies” text.
  • Some  TV shows aren’t easily readable from a file name. When that happens, you can still use theRenamer but you must specify the show using the “manual scrape” button. You will have to enter in either the showname or thetvdb ID code. You then must leave that manual scraping window open when you drag in your episodes to theRenamer.
  • You can use the Global Settings (bottom left, settings that apply to both movies and TV shows) to choose which file types to ignore when renaming a batch of files and to choose what to do with files that have the text “sample” among other things
  • You can use the Settings button to customize settings that are specific to the mode you are currently in.

Any tips or tricks to add? Have you used theRenamer? Let us know in the comments!


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