Mass rename several files in sub-folders using Terminal or Automator?

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  1. iCeFuSiOn macrumors 6502a

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    Hi all,

    I'm looking to find out if there is a way I can rename several files under a few directories using either Automator or the Terminal.

    I have several wallpapers (both JPG and PNG) under separate sub-folders in ~/Pictures/Backgrounds/ (for example, I have "Abstract", "Nature", and "Vector".

    How can I rename all of these files in a numerical format (for example, sequentially -- 001.JPG, 002.PNG, 003.JPG), so forth and so on?

    Thanks!
     
  2. karenflower macrumors 6502a

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    Yep, using Automator is perfect for doing batch renaming.

    Use the Rename Finder Items action, and the pull-down menu (set to Add Date or Time at the start) will contain lots of options - one of which being Make Sequential.

    From there you can customize it to however you prefer. :) If you save it as an application file, you can simply drag and drop your files onto the icon to change the names.
     
  3. iCeFuSiOn thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for the information, works great. I've got another question about Automator -- what is the difference between a Finder plug-in and an Application when saving the Automator workflow?
     

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