Pretty much all of us download TV shows and movies from the internet (let it be from file sharing sites such as BitTorrent trackers, direct download link forums or even by a legitimate means) and store them on our desktops, laptops, portable hard drives or media player PCs. However, most of the downloaded files have different kinds of naming conventions – for example, some shows have merely the season and episode numbers while some others carry episode name as well. What if you want to rename all your media files to a standard you like? Manually doing this for each file would be a tedious task (think about a show with several seasons). The is where theRenamer comes in. It’s an excellent utility that helps you automatically rename your media files. And it’s not just a batch rename tool either; give theRenamer a file (or a set of files) which just has the episode and season number and the app will automatically fetch the episode name online and rename the file accordingly.

TheRenamer Logo

You can fully customize the way your video files are renamed. Under default settings, theRenamer will strip off release group name and video quality details in file and add the episode name if its missing. theRenamer is able to fetch media information from four different online sources; IMDB,, TheTVDB and Below are some examples of renamed files (using default settings, without changing anything in the app after a fresh install):

Original Auto Renamed
The.Simpsons.S22E01.720p.HDTV.X264-DIMENSION The Simpsons.S22E01.Elementary School Musical
The.Big.Bang.Theory.S04E19.PROPER. HDTV.XviD-LD The Big Bang Theory.S04E19.The Zarnecki Incursion
frasier.622-med Frasier.S06E22.Visions of Daphne

Usage of theRenamer is very simple. To rename a file, all you have to do is the drag and drop and the app will do the rest. If you are dealing with multiple files, simply select all and drag them in – this tool is able to perform batch operations and will reformat all your file names in a couple of seconds.

TheRenamer Screenshot

A full list of theRenamer features can be found below (quoted from official site page):

  • A user interface that's idiot proof - using Drag & Drop.
  • Fuzzy Logic sorts out the Show name, Season/Episode numbers (S1E1, 1x1 or 101 formats).
  • Queries the most advanced search engine – Google
  • Automatically grabs the official show name and episode titles from the most comprehensive movie database on the web -,, and
  • Database: Simple and automatic table for keeping track of TV website's ID number.
  • Force show names: Lets you customize how the Show Name is named (if you prefer shorter names).
  • Fetch Folder: Scans all files in that directory. Point it to your 'Download Complete' folder. For people who are
    too lazy to Drag & Drop.....I love it :)
  • Auto Move: Automatically moves files to your TV Show Archive after it's renamed.
  • Fully automate the entire rename and move process with parameter (theRenamer.exe -fetch and -fetchmovie)
  • MOVIES! theRenamer now supports Movie files as well.
  • Auto creates IMDb shortcut link to IMDb movie webpage.

Despite being an excellent utility, like all software out there this is not a perfect application. I got an “EPISODE TITLE MISSING” error for some files I tried to rename – this bug is apparently fixed now but I still got the error in the latest build (v7.5). Either way it’s just a minor annoyance and the fact remains this is a highly useful tool for anyone who downloads shows and movies online.


[Click Here] to download the latest version of theRenamer from official page


  1. alpha // 4/10/2011 12:27:00 PM  

    But wont this stop the torrent from seeding since file name will change??

  2. TEAM FILEnetworks // 4/10/2011 12:45:00 PM  

    It will. If you rename a file you're still seeding, you'll have to change the torrent client and point to the renamed file to continue seeding.

  3. spynga // 4/10/2011 12:47:00 PM  

    lol seriously ddl it or make a copy and rename it and leave original seeding come on i have hundreds of shows etc and terabytes worth of shit and i manage btw hate torrents tbh get yourself jdownloader and hit up some ddl blogs/forums u wont touch torrents again(except private trackers)

  4. spynga // 4/10/2011 12:48:00 PM  

    btw wonderful post it will help alot as i bulk download my fingers still hurt from relabelling 186 folders of music files the other day now at leats for tv im all set ;) +1

  5. Luka // 4/10/2011 01:44:00 PM  

    Is there any way it can rename subtitles? The program renames my season of show, but subtitles stay the same and I have to rename them manually.

  6. TEAM FILEnetworks // 4/10/2011 02:43:00 PM  

    It does not rename the subtitle files. However, this tool will probably help you batch rename subtitles to match renamed video files.

  7. Alessio // 4/10/2011 04:14:00 PM  

    personally for me there is no such need to rename shows as I know that I want to watch for example eposode #11 regardless of what its name is.

    guys, do you know such program to rename audio files? Sometimes I need to rename flacs (delete numbers if they are from compilations) and rename tracks released by scene. [I'm not talking about tagging!]
    thx for an answer in advance!

  8. Lord // 4/10/2011 04:24:00 PM  


  9. R // 4/10/2011 05:37:00 PM  

    I was looking for something like this. I use to spend hours renaming every single file. This helped me alot. Thank you very much TEAM FILEnetworks!
    @ Luka it does rename subtitles no problem

  10. neeraj // 4/10/2011 06:07:00 PM  

    has anyone found a way to, after renaming with it, organise by genre?

  11. spynga // 4/12/2011 09:02:00 AM  

    Tag&Rename wil do this for u works wioth flac file etc or mp3tag(free alternative) both will help u fetch album art or track listi genres etc from

    Tag&Rename Paid (or find cracked one)

    tag and rename is also useful to edit mp4 metadata so it wors in itunes perfectly if u self rip ur stuff to mp4s for ituens ipod etc

    Mp3tag free

    does all the same stuff as above mostly but is free

    i know u said u didn't mean tagging
    but u can rename the files from there tags in bulk by whatever u please setup the parameters click the batch rename and rename full cds at a time this is helpful as well i have over 15k tracks in flac and used this program its a lifesaver

    rename your mp3 files and folders according to its music information in a batch

  12. TEAM FILEnetworks // 4/17/2011 07:30:00 PM  

    Those looking for an automatic subtitle rename utility, check this

  13. John Tracker // 12/15/2012 02:27:00 PM