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When downloading from Firefox on MacOS, I would like the filename to be prefixed by the ISO-date (YYYY-MM-DD-original-filename.extension). This can be achieved with a folder action in the downloads folder, but I want it to be in all folders, so a folder action is not an ideal solution.

If possible I'd like all new files to have the prefix, regardless of the creating app.

Is this possible?

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  • You could write an apple script to rename all your files to this format. – historystamp May 23 at 20:51
  • @historystamp; thank you, but that is the same as creating a folder action. I would like to be given the option when saving a file. It might not need the same date as the creation date. – Rasmus May 24 at 8:55
  • fyi: I don't see the utility of making all new files begin with the date. You loose the ability to sort the files by name. What the diff between sorting by date and adding the date in front of the file? I can see utility of putting the date in front of downloaded files. – historystamp May 24 at 18:40
  • I looked around and didn't see an extension to do this with the latest versions of Firefox. You could try to convince an author of a Download manager to add support. flashgot.net/screenshots – historystamp May 24 at 18:54
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My solution was to make an Automator workflow to run a shell script, and map it to a universal keyboard shortcut. This has been very useful to me, so here it is:

# echo `date +"%Y-%m-%d "` + " "
A=`date +%F`
echo "$A "

Screenshot of opening Automator and create new workflow

Open Automator and create new workflow.

Screenshot of creating workflow to run shell script

Set workflow to receive text from any application, choose to replace the selected text and add Run Shell Script. Choose /bin/bash and pass input to stdin. Paste the script and save.

Screenshot of *Keyboard Shortcuts* in *System Preferences* Go to System Preferences, choose Keyboard and Shortcuts. Choose Services, find yours on the list and map a shortcut.

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