Name Mangler
Name Mangler
3.6

4.7

Name Mangler free download for Mac

Name Mangler3.6

14 November 2019

Easy-to-use batch file re-namer.

Overview

Name Mangler (was File List) is an easy-to-use batch file re-namer.

If you need to rename several files at once, this is the application you have always been looking for. Name Mangler is a batch file renamer that supports the following renaming tasks: Find and Replace (including support for regular expressions); Number Sequentially; Change Case; Set Extension; Add Prefix/Suffix; Remove/Insert Characters.

Moreover, you can combine all of these using the Advanced renaming mode, which even comes with some extra features, such as conditional statements, nested counters, and more. But Name Mangler is more than just one versatile renaming utility - it's an infinite number of task-specific renaming utilities: Name Mangler's Droplets make it ridiculously easy to store configurations and use those repeatedly for different, alternating purposes. Just drop your files on them.

What's new in Name Mangler

Version 3.6:
New features:
  • Added a "Group by" feature to the Sequence action. This can be used to create independent sequence numbers for files in different folders, for example.
  • Single-file sequences can optionally not have any sequence number. (Focus on the "Group by" input field, then choose "Insert Laziness Indicator" from the "Edit" menu.)
  • Title Case conversions can now either keep existing formatting for words shorter than a certain length, or convert them to lowercase.
Bug fixes and improvements:
  • Resolved an issue that made the Rename button invisible when using Dark Mode and Increased Contrast settings. (Hat tip to William H. for finding this one.)
  • The file list can no longer be cleared during a renaming operation.

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53 Reviews of Name Mangler

5
dacspool
10 August 2019
Version: 3.5

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WOW.. This is exactly what I was looking for and well worth the $19!! Thanks for creating this - you saved me WEEKS of work.
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dacspool
10 August 2019
Version: 3.5
WOW.. This is exactly what I was looking for and well worth the $19!! Thanks for creating this - you saved me WEEKS of work.
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5
PeacheyMcKeitch
04 May 2018
Version: 3.4.1
Love this app, Ive been using it for years to quickly change automatically named audio files into human friendly named audio files.
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4.5
Me2
25 January 2016
Version: 3.3.4
Been using for a few years now in medical dermatology photography esp. Works. No Glitches. Batch renaming is awesome. I recommend it for sure. Patrick
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Me2
23 November 2014
Version: 3.3.1
Been using for a few years now in medical dermatology photography esp. Works. No Glitches. Batch renaming is awesome. I recommend it for sure. Patrick
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5
Steve K
17 March 2014
Version: 3.3
Been using this when it was first released as File List, before Many Tricks. These guys are pretty much my favorite Mac app developers. They gave us Butler, for chrissakes. (You know that app called Alfred that everyone seems to love? They did it first with Butler and I've been using it for a decade. Just sayin'.) Never had a crash. Never had any issues at all. As a retoucher, it makes my job so much easier when it comes to batch renaming dozens, sometimes hundreds, of images.
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5
rosskinard
17 December 2013
Version: 3.3
Been using ABFR for some time and really liked it, but was too difficult to create really advanced workflows. Found NM and after tinkering for a bit, went ahead and bought it. Regarding their support, I'm very impressed. I emailed them asking a question about RegEx expressions and they were super helpful. They asked the founder/programmer about it and he put together a workflow step that did what I asked and provided feedback on possible results, which I then created a sequence step to look for and deal with. In a day and age where it would be easy for them to give a Google link to learning RegEx on my own and brush it off, they showed real customer care and helped me get the software to do what I really *wanted* it to do. Kickass in my book! Thanks to Rob & Peter at Many Tricks!
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5
Big-Mac-XXL
11 December 2013
Version: 3.3
Excellent tool. Version 2 was somewhat limited. Doing several steps on a file was only possible by crude hand coding. Version 3 allows simply several steps on a file with a nice GUI. v3 is muuuuch faster and much more reliable. Sometimes v2 did not convert all selected files for some odd reason (maybe a Finder bug?). But v3 runs perfectly. I love it! Especially the speed is light-years better. I don't know how they did this. The Finder is slow and clumsy when renaming files (and was with NM v2), but NM v3 now changes file names instantly no matter how many. I'm running NM 3.2.1 on OSX 10.6.8. Macupdate says requirements for NM 3.3 is OSX 10.6, but the developer website says 10.7! Also the Macupdate screenshot shows the old NM v2 instead of the fundamentally changed GUI of NM v3.
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Merl1n
11 June 2013
Version: 3.2
Beware of version 3.2. Under OS 10.6.8 the program crashes after doing any operation. I"ve opened a Bug Report Ticket with the developer and sent them a Crash Report. Stay with version 3.1 until they get this fixed.
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Big Johnson
10 April 2013
Version: 3.1
Developer doesn't know the difference between prefix and suffix. Changes in 3.1: "Added Suffix to the Sequence command, allowing sequences to easily be added to the front of filenames." A suffix adds to the END of filenames, a prefix adds to the FRONT. Because of this error, the two functions work opposite as they should, with prefix adding to the end, and suffix adding to the front.
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2.5
Big Johnson
10 April 2013
Version: 3.1
BEWARE! I installed N.M. and used it for renaming 2 folders of files. On the third folder I performed one function: removal of first 4 characters from filenames. I decided to undo it, but Undo WOULD NOT WORK! It was greyed out - not even an option. Fortunately I had a copy of the files on an external drive, so I deleted the ones that were now missing their numbers and copied the spares. And why do all the files disappear from the window when I switch to any other app then click N.M.'s Dock icon again? Doesn't happen if I use ⌘+Tab to switch apps. I would have sent these bugs to the dev., but you gotta register to contact support.
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5
dwp-1
27 February 2013
Version: 3.0
At first glance Name Mangler version 3 doesn't appear to be that much different than version 2 but upon using NM 3 it becomes clear very quickly that a whole lot of work went into this upgrade. With all the new features I can't imagine there is much code that hasn't been modified and much added. It is extremely fast and has numerous new features such as working on metadata, steps, history and best of all programming your own renaming tasks. Many Tricks did a great job. Buy it while you can, I heard this is introductory price.
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dwp-1
27 February 2013
Version: 3.0
Is there a way to upgrade?
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5
Tobias1974
31 July 2012
Version: 2.5.1
It just works! It is clear and it is simple to use.
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5
tomtomklub
06 April 2011
Version: 2.4.2
Love Name Mangler. I've been using it since it first came out. Makes things so incredibly easy when trying to batch rename a bunch of stuff. And the advanced use examples/templates have been enormously helpful to in crafting more complex renaming actions as I have no clue about regular expressions. And, gotta say, it's kinda neat to have the Finder window open where your files to be renamed are, click the button in Name Mangler so it executes the changes, and then watch all the file names change right before your eyes in a split second! (OK, yeah, I'm still easily awed by the wonders of simple computing.)
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4.5
Thyx
02 April 2011
Version: 2.4.2
Name Mangler is definitely worth it. My major issue is/was that I need some more help to cope with just another RegEx dialect. I haven't used it a lot, due to my limited needs … and then came the green-ink competitor kinda free with the bundle. So, guilt's the occasion, not the reason for this review.
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Mikofox
11 January 2011
Version: 2.3.3
Slight problem I had when trying to sort by creation date, when adding files that are shot within seconds. Is it possible that the sorting only works by the minute and disregards seconds? In any case it did not sort correctly when adding files with the same file name/different file ending from a folder of Panasonic jpg/raw I had previously renamed with Adobe Bridge.
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Lumicide
06 November 2010
Version: 2.3
I'm looking to rename a bunch of files with file names like logfile.s123.uvwxyz.txt All I really need is the middle part of the file name s123 and the extension .txt. The file name could be easily generated searching for the regular expression .*(\d*).* and replacing it with \1 turning it into 123.txt Unfortunately this software can not do that. It doesn’t make use of \1 in the replace string. Instead it just ignores the \ and writes a single digit 1.
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Ricoblues
03 November 2010
Version: 2.3
One of the best utility in my Application folder. As web master, every day must work hard on bad habits of my customers about file names. Now is an easy and fast job with Name Mangler. I'm very happy and satisfied. Tanks!
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Big-Mac-XXL
15 July 2010
Version: 2.2.1
Name Mangler does renaming of files fast, Mac-like and in style. Very easy to use, intuitive, a must on every Mac. I highly recommend it. I'm using it since it was known as File List. Download the trial today! You won't regret it. Cool stuff!
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5
clakes
02 June 2010
Version: 2.1.1
Droplets, Get Finder and _Path Finder_ selection, Advanced Tagging... Wow. As someone noticed in competitor's board, it's a one trick pony. True. But in this case (and in most of the software I love) being a one-trick pony means "does that thing I want it to do / does it the best and most flexible way / does it in style". Look no further.
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5
truthhurts
27 March 2010
Version: 2.1.1
This is to counteract my previous review. Name Mangler has always been top-notch in functionality, with just about any renaming feature you could ask for (and if you can write a regex, the sky's the limit). The interface is sleek and extremely Mac-like, and being able to preview a huge batch rename before committing is crucial. The only thing I downrated previously was the change to shareware, but now that I understand there are no functionality limits in place and just reminders, I've changed my mind - and bought it at the same time. One minor feature I'd love to see added is a way to store frequently used regex patterns. It does save the last one used, but I don't recall seeing any way to save several, like BBEdit for example.
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Kobrasio
25 March 2010
Version: 2.1.1
Just so you know: Name Mangler 2.1 is NOT FREE any more. You can launch it 25 times before you have to shell out. You can stick with 2.0 or use a FREEWARE. Search macupdate for free renamer. You can also search for another shareware which have much more features and works easier. Try all before you pay 10 bucks for it!
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Drdul
23 March 2010
Version: 2.1
I am very happy to see Name Mangler back in action. I had stopped using it when I upgraded to Snow Leopard, as I couldn't get it to work (turns out it may have had something to do with icon previews, which can be turned off in prefs, but I didn't know that at the time). I switched to another popular renaming app, which works but is rather clunky and awkward to use. I prefer Name Mangler because it is intuitive and simple to use, yet is powerful enough to handle any renaming task I throw at it, plus I can create droplets for common tasks. The $10 price is less than the price of similar apps, and IMO is a deal. I happily purchased a licence.
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5
Applotse
23 March 2010
Version: 2.1
After working with different tools on renaming and correcting thousends of files I am glad seen my least issue been solved with the version 2.1. Worth to spend 10 bucks for the easiest to understand renaming tool in the market.
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Algos
22 March 2010
Version: 2.1
Just so you know: Name Mangler 2.1 is not free any more. You can launch it 25 times before you have to shell out. I'll stick with 2.0, thanks...
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Ilikeimac
13 November 2009
Version: 2.0
I had the same problem with Name Mangler under Snow Leopard that others have reported; it loads files into its list at an unbearable slow speed, and I even force quit it several times convinced it had frozen. What solved it for me was turning off "Show icon previews for image files." This setting is in the General section of the preferences and applies to video files as well as image files; I noticed Name Mangler was fine if I dragged in non-video, non-image files like MP3s, and after turning this setting off, it's fine for video and images as well.
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A884126
01 November 2009
Version: 2.0
Takes ages to load files. Much to long. My config: Snw Leopard, 2.6, 4Go, MacBok Pro
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Spanky-Deluxe
26 October 2009
Version: 2.0
I've been using this app for several months now and it really is great. So useful. However, since upgrading to Snow Leopard the app has been very slow in loading up its file list that I've dragged into it. While doing so it slows my whole computer down making other apps stutter. This is on a Quad core Mac Pro with 6GB of RAM so I don't think my system is the problem.
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Noraa
08 October 2009
Version: 2.0
Seems to be running slow on Snow Leopard - takes forever to load the files I drag and drop on to it.
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5
Shmk
22 September 2009
Version: 2.0
Wow that is **** hot! Made quick work of the tasks at hand. Awesome, thank you.
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Rollandburn
29 July 2009
Version: 2.0
Sweet. Thanks for writing this app. It took me about 3 seconds to do exactly what I was dreading could take hours.
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5
appleHQ
12 March 2009
Version: 2.0
I love this application! After using some similar products I have to admit. This is by far the easiest and best application. Its not very fast - but unless you got thousands and thousands of files to rename this will do it PERFECTLY. and, its freee! will donate!
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5
Clauclau
05 March 2009
Version: 2.0
I used r-name which still is useful for pre Leopard users: maybe this is the only downside of Name Mangler. But R-name is disappeared. I have a camera which everytime i swap SD card, it renames files from zero. And there is no option to avoid it. Therefore once I download files in one folder, OS X creates a file-001 and files-001 2 in order to avoid asking that a file with that name (from the previous SD card) already exist. OS X understands it that is probably not the same video and therefore silently makes this trick. Now problem is, that when renaming files chronologically I have to list files by date of creation, as in other view mode, they're sorted alphabetically. When I then drag the files to any software like Automator or others to rename them, these files get messed up, therefore renaming task useless. Name Mangler smartly override this problem, and lets you sort the files in any order you want. This app is not a simple stuff: This app made my day. PS I know i wrote like somebody who got paid, but no, i am a simple user.
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Mr-abc
11 February 2009
Version: 2.0
good stuff, but i use it combines with search&replace because this one doesnt work with file content (useful for web developers for example)
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5
badabing
11 December 2008
Version: 2.0
Works very well, very good app and free. Thank you very much.
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Rubaiyat
16 April 2008
Version: 2.0
How does it compare to A Better FIle Renamer?
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Damino
11 April 2008
Version: 2.0
Easy and simple. Makes its job and makes it well.
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Peter-Maurer
16 February 2008
Version: 2.0
STORMCHILD: That's just my kind of humor. RORO01: Download File List from http://www.manytricks.com/download/filelist
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Hal0thane
14 February 2008
Version: 2.0
I have been a very frequent user of File List for several months but two things always bugged me about it: First, it was PPC only; and second, the window was not selectable with Command-Tab. Both have been addressed with the new Name Mangler 2.0. Name Manger 2.0 retains all the power of File List -- including the Advanced renaming syntax which I use very frequently -- and only expands on it. The droplet feature is fantastic for quickly renaming files that have the same pattern without having to reenter the pattern each time: simply save the droplet onto the Desktop or even into the Finder window and then drop the files onto it. They're renamed transparently. This little utility is one of those that makes me HAPPY to donate to its future development even when I'm not constantly nagged into doing so. If all software were written like Name Mangler 2.0, I'd have very empty pockets indeed!
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Roro01
14 February 2008
Version: 2.0
What about support for Tiger?
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Stormchild
14 February 2008
Version: 2.0
This is a great tool. It has a nice, clean interface, it works well, and it's freeware. I'm not a fan of the new name though. I suppose the old name didn't really give you an idea of what it does, but I've gotta say, the new one sucks! To "mangle" something means to damage or mutilate it in an unintended manner. Who would want that! That aside, I recommend this tool for all your batch file renaming needs.
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Tekl
13 September 2007
Version: 1.2
Too bad, that it is not available as Universal Binary. Shouldn't be much work I think.
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5
Sapigila
11 December 2006
Version: 1.2
This is the ultimate batch-rename and playlist generator app. Highly recommended !!!!
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hced
01 December 2006
Version: 1.2
Feature request: I'd be very happy if I could quit File List with normal Command-Q operation. :)
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5
Frontpage
03 November 2006
Version: 1.2
The thing I truly LOVE about file list? The ability to change the list by selecting via name, date (modified or created) and several others. And it's stable, too. I've tried around 6 others, this one not only gives you a barn-sized number of choices to start or end your file(s) with, but it's simple to use. While ading or deleting, or inserting, you can add, delete or insert other things as well. A-plus rate.
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5
Anonymous
12 November 2005
Version: 1.2
Great! Bravo !
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4.5
Anonymous
01 September 2005
Version: 1.2
An excellent program considering it's cost (free). However, there is much room for improvement: 1. The non-standard elements of the interface are disconcerting at first. All apps should support Command-Q, a File menu, and an Edit menu. 2. It would be ideal if a user could easily group renaming filters to process sequentially (i.e. "combined name conversions") . As it stands now, if you want to change the case, append a suffix, and change the case, each of these filters has to be executed separately to your batch of files, or you must write your own script using the built-in renaming language. 3. Search/Replace features should optionally be recursive within the same file name. Right now, you are forced to have them be recursive within a file name. 4. Have a graphic designer friend do a real icon. :-)
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5
Anonymous
13 August 2005
Version: 1.1
I've been using A Better Finder Rename to rename/renumber my files for the last couple years. File list is better, IMHO. It's faster, it's free, and best of all, it works in Path Finder. (ABFR works in Path Finder, too, but only if I drag the files I want renamed onto an ABFR icon or right-click & select ABFR. File List does it with a single click on its icon.) Five stars across the board, but I have two quibbles: sometimes it's slow to populate the list when I select a couple hundred files, but I think that's because I have an older, slower Mac, and I think it'd be nice if the window would close once it's done renaming. In fact, I think I'll contact the developer & suggest that.
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4.75
Anonymous
21 July 2005
Version: 1.0
One of the better file renamers available. Interface is well done and the application is very fast and very powerful. That being said, here are a few suggestions (some may have been covered elsewhere): * The way things are currently laid out is downright spiffy, but you might want to consider using standard aqua interface elements for drop downs, etc. * Different name, different icon. The name doesn't really say anything about the application, and the icon... well... * Allow for 16x16 or smaller icons on the file listing on the right. Along the same lines, allow for multiple columns containing all the information you can sort by, with the option of hiding columns you don't use (for a good example of what I'm talking about, take a look at how Thunderbird handles column addition/removal). * Allow the application to reside in the dock. It is, after all, an application. Why doesn't it have a dock icon? Again, those are just suggestions. As is, the program works perfectly -- all my suggestions will merely help improve the user experience.
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4.75
ThePete
09 July 2005
Version: 1.0
This is a sweet little app--does just what it says which essentially allows me to avoid iTunes except when dumping stuff on my iPod--sweet. Thanks for this great app!
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5
Anonymous
05 July 2005
Version: 1.0
it's so easy to rename the extension. all I can say is sweet
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4.75
Anonymous
23 June 2005
Version: 1.0
Fantastic little bit of software. Others charge for software this useful, and none of them look this good. Within 30 seconds of downloading I knew what I was doing in the app. Easy as heck to use. And powerful. Just one suggestion: give the option for a user to view the file list in the left pane in the standard 32x32 size you've given, and, in addition, a simplified 16x16 view with only the file icon and name. The reason I suggest this is because often the window needs to be resized to a rather large size (in cases of many, many files, or files with long names), which makes facilitating drag and drop a little complicated.
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4.75
Anonymous
14 June 2005
Version: 1.0
Great UI design, great usability, does the same job as an other thousand applications (renaming files) but in such smarter way. And it's free! to Developer: icon and name are not very catchy, this app deserves better ones.
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