[HowTo] Add Thunar bulk rename capabilities to Dolphin file manager

Difficulty: ★★☆☆☆

I was an XFCE user for years and I recently switched to KDE Plasma. Dolphin file manager is great but it’s Batch Rename capabilities are limited compared to the Thunar file manager. In this tutorial we are going to add Thunar’s bulk rename actions to Dolphin.

  1. Install Thunar and the Media Tags Plugin with:

    pamac install thunar thunar-media-tags-plugin
  2. Navigate to .local/share/kservices5/ServiceMenus/ and if any of the folders don’t exist, just create them.

  3. Inside the ServiceMenus folder create a file named bulk-rename.desktop.

  4. Open the file with your favourite editor and add the following:

    [Desktop Entry]
    [Desktop Action BulkRename]
    Name=Bulk Rename
    Exec=thunar -B %U
  5. Save the file.

  6. Close the Dolphin file manager if it is running and reopen it.

You will now find the Bulk Rename options when you select a couple files and right click on them.


As a long time KDE user I am a great fan of Krename: I love its advanced (but instead very easy) tab to rename dozens and even hundreds of files at a time, and how it magically appears in the dolphin menu you evoke by right clicking after selecting the stuff you are interested in.

Anyway, thanks for the tip: I have not played so much with Thunar and I will give it a try! :slight_smile:

I have learned some new interesting tricks! :+1:


Thanks a lot
the only thing missing in kde :smiley:
Anyway to make it default for f2?
Hope manjaro team defaults this is in some way :3

Maybe take a look at krename.

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No krename is bad if u have used thunar rename tool :no_mouth: