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Ant Renamer makes easier the renaming of lots of files and folders for Windows Systems


Ant Renamer  is a free program for Microsoft Windows users, also the source code is available.  The developer name of this program is Antoine Potten, a Belgian programmer. The name of the software "Ant Renamer" is a shortcut of his surname and the word "Renamer".  The purpose of this utility is to help users to rename multiple files and folders. The program just changes file names and does not affect the contents of files during this operation. Here is a list with the most important features of this utility. Support for Unicode file names (Windows NT versions - 2000, XP, Vista and 7), character string insertion, numbering, changing extension, replace of character strings with others, case change, random name creation, regular expressions and many others. Also, the program is available in 16 languages. The program is a free batch renamer for Windows and it should work on all almost versions of this operating system. If you need to use the program for Windows 95 - use an older version, up to 2.0.4, newer versions won't work. You can download older versions from official website.
Ant Renamer Review

Ant Renamer comes in two versions. The first one is the "traditional" setup file that allows you to install the program. The second one is a ZIP archive is the portable version. Both of them are small, around 1 MB. Starting with the size of this utility I have nothing but a great impression about this piece of software. There isn't much to say about the program if we skip the technical details (features).

The main purpose of this application is to help you to rename multiple files and folders. In short terms: a batch renamer. The interface is clean and intuitive. All you have to do is to add files and then use the "Actions" section. There are plenty of actions to choose from, I will not enumerate them here. The idea is that you can use the program for simple actions or perform advanced replacement operations. An example would be, the ability to create and mix several actions resulting in a complex batch operation. More interesting: you can use a preview which prevents undesired results. I tested Ant Renamer on Windows XP Professional and on Windows 7 Ultimate Edition. It should work on Windows 8 too.

In the end, considering the ease of use, features and the fact that is free, I would recommend this program as one of the best batch renamers for Windows. Please support future versions and consider a donation to the author.


This program can rename large amounts of files and folders in few clicks. It only modifies files/folders names:

    Changing extension
    Replacing character strings by others
    Inserting a character string
    Moving characters
    Deleting several characters
    Name creation with mp3's Tag (ID v1.1)
    Name creation with file's last modified date and time
    Random names creation
    Case change (uppercase, lowercase, first letter of each word in uppercase, ...)
    Take names from a list/file
    Use of EXIF info
    Regular expressions

Availble in 16 languages : English (default), Belarusian, Chinese (simplified & traditional), Czech, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Slovak, Spanish.

Unicode file names are supported, so it is possible to rename without problems files that have names containing characters from Japanese, Chinese, Arab, etc.

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

Tested successfuly under various Windows versions, from 98 (with a few updated system files) and NT4 (SP4 required) up to current ones (Windows Vista, 7 and 8).

Known bugs and limits

    Unicode is supported only on NT systems (Windows NT4, 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8 and server versions)
    Batch files cannot have unicode characters in their name and path
    Ditto for the folder where the program is located, and for the command-line when it is called with parameters
    In the same way, the translation of user interface works only if the region in Windows regional settings matches
    Since version 2.04 the program does not start on Windows 95, it seems to be caused by a missing function on this system
    In the "Use date & time" action, if you use a long date format (with day or month in letters, like "December" in English), it will fail for days or months that have special characters in their name (like "Décembre" in French); this bug will be corrected some day


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