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Rename Photos

Here we rename the filenames of the photos in our collection of photos using a standard format of four a digit year, two digit month, two digit day, then hour, minutes and seconds, and then a sequential count starting at 00, each segment separated by an underscore:

YYYYMMDD_HHMMSS_NN.jpg

For a folder of photos we can find those that do not match the naming scheme with the regular expression below. This find command identifies regular files (-type f), using a sed type regular expression. The -regex here matches any prefix (path) and then 8 digits, underscore, 6 digits, underscore, two digits and then the file type.

$ find . -type f -regextype sed -not -regex '.*[0-9]\{8\}_[0-9]\{6\}_[0-9]\{2\}\.jpg'

We can use exiftool from the exiftool package to rename image files based on the meta data contained within the file itself.

First test the renaming that will take place. The %%-c will add -1, for example, if the new file already exists and %%le converts the original extension to lowercase.

$ exiftool -d %Y%m%d_%H%M%S_00%%-c.%%le "-testname<CreateDate" IM* 

Then do the actual renaming, adding a verbose option -v and changing -testname to -filename:

$ exiftool -v -d %Y%m%d_%H%M%S_00%%-c.%%le "-filename<CreateDate" IM*

If the CreateDate is not present the FileModifyDate might be:

$ exiftool -v -d %Y%m%d_%H%M%S_00%%-c.%%le "-filename<FileModifyDate" IM*


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