Photos - Renaming with ExifRenamer on a Mac computer

Use the procedure below to rename digital photographs with the date each photograph was taken.

1. Download exifrenamer from

2. Copy the JPG files to a work folder on your computer (so that the originals are untouched).

3. Open exifrenamer (if you get a message saying that it cannot be opened as it is from an unidentified developer, you may need to go into ‘system preferences’ – ‘security and privacy’- and under the general tab there should be an option to allow you to open it)

4. Once exifrenamer is open, bring up the ‘preferences’ window (from the main menu if it doesn’t appear automatically) as shown below

5. Click the ‘show advanced options’ box and then click on the ‘edit styles’ button that appears at the top of the window. 

6. In the window that appears, click the ‘new’ button at the top right.

7. Copy and paste the following text into the ‘Format’ box 
%Y-%M-%D   Photo [%F]

8.Then click ‘Done’, and close the preferences window.

9. Now, to rename the jpg files, find them in WORK FOLDER, highlight them and drag them onto the exifrenamer icon in the dock at the bottom of the screen. It will show you a preview of the new name, and you can confirm you want to go ahead by pressing the ‘rename’ button.


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