Batch renaming files in Adobe Bridge

Batch renaming files in Adobe Bridge

One of the key functions of Adobe Bridge is renaming your digital media. This can come in handy with digital camera files because they are likely named with a combination of letters and a progressive numbering system. Adobe Bridge makes it easy to rename several files at once, called a batch.

The Batch command is a useful way to improve the organization of your files:

  1. Launch Adobe Bridge (you can do this from within most Adobe apps by choosing File > Browse in Bridge).
  2. Navigate to a folder containing several images or .mov files that you want to rename.
  3. Press Cmd+A (Mac OS) or Ctrl+A (Windows) to select all the files in the folder.
  4. Choose Tools > Batch Rename. A new dialog box opens.
  5. Specify a destination for the renamed files. You can choose to keep them in their current folder, move them to another folder, or copy them to another destination.
  6. Specify new filenames using a combination of menus and a text field. You can add a custom name and even a sequential number to create unique filenames. Check the preview of the new filename for accuracy. Make sure the box next to Preserve Current Filename in XMP Metadata is selected so you can always reference the original filenames.  One option that’s nice is renaming files based on time they were created.
  7. Specify that you want the files to be compatible in Mac OS and Windows.
  8. Choose the option to preserve the original file name in the metadata.
  9. Click the Rename button to complete the batch rename.
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  1. Jonathan Kemp

    Hi Richard, I really like the idea of this. I’m using .mts files though and batch renaming like this makes the metadata tags unusable.

    Do you know if the clip renaming feature in Prelude CC will rename them in such a way that I can still retain the metadata functions?



    1. Richard Harrington

      Yes… Prelude has some batch renaming features that should do the trick for those kinds of formats. Its part of the import option in the CC version.

  2. Charlie

    Hey Richard. I’m looking for a way to rename my video files. I want the files to have relative names to the content of the clip. Such the subject and the perspective it was from (wide angle, closeup, etc). I know I can do this in Bridge, but I have to admit, it’s not very video review friendly compared to scrubbing through clips in Prelude or Premiere Pro. I currently have the CS6 Suite. Do I have to upgrade to Prelude CC in order to get the renaming function? Also, if I rename in Prelude, does that file name go to the original file on my external hard drive where the raw file lives or is it only follow the clip through the life of Adobe applications? Thanks for your time.


  3. Kent Gade Olesen

    Is it possible to batch rename over several folders at one time. I need to rename a whole bunch of files with no extension to extension.eps but they are in hundreds of folders.

  4. Nicole

    Hi Richard

    I am renaming a selection of photographs one I have arranged them in the correct order in which they were taken. When I complete the batch rename, the order is lost. Is there anyway I can keep the order I have chosen or is this some kind of an automated process?

    Please help!

    Thanks Nicole

  5. Tiaan

    Hi Richard. I would like to know if it is possible to batch rename several documents based on specific content that one has selected/identified? Thank you!

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