Is it possible to automate the following action:


Folder name: "TEST" the name of the file inside the folder is: "Evelyn.jpg".

How do I rename the folder using the name of the file inside of it:


Folder name: "EVELYN" the name of the file inside the folder is: "Evelyn.jpg".

Any ideas how to achieve this with Automator or AppleScript?

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    The folders each contain a single file?
    – Daniel
    Commented Nov 8, 2011 at 22:38

2 Answers 2


Here's a script:

set thefolder to "path:to:folder" as alias
tell application "Finder"
    set filename to name of first item of folder thefolder
    set oldDels to AppleScript's text item delimiters as string
    set AppleScript's text item delimiters to "." as string
    set itemname to first text item of filename
    set AppleScript's text item delimiters to oldDels as string
    set name of thefolder to itemname
end tell

It gets the name of the first item in the folder, clips off the extension, and renames the folder.

Note that it doesn't convert to uppercase as in your example. This is less than trivial with AppleScript, but let me know if it's real important and I can give you the code.

  • And yeah, I know about displayed name, but that can include the extension (depending on the user's configuration). Commented May 24, 2011 at 23:40
  • The script works fine like this, but what if I have a 100 folders?
    – Liviu
    Commented May 25, 2011 at 19:05
  • @Liviu Unless the 100 are in the same place, you'll have to do this to each of them. But, if each of the folders is in the same place (/Users/bob/Desktop/Folder1, /Users/bob/Desktop/Folder2, etc), we can automate it. Let me know whether or not all the folders are in the same place. Commented May 28, 2011 at 16:21

Here is an Automator Workflow that will do it for you.

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