The Quick-Start Guide will help you with the initial setup TV Rename.

To return to this page click Quickstart Guide in TV Rename’s Help, or browse to https://www.tvrename.com/manual/quickstart.

This guide assumes you already have the beginnings of a Media Library - a folder (or folders) somewhere on your PC or NAS or whatever, with a bunch of tv show files in it (them). TV Rename doesn’t care how these folders are organised, however to us mere humans probably “one folder per show” or “one folder per show with one sub-folder per season” would make sense in terms of being able to (manually) find stuff later if you really need to.

Basic Setup

1. Add content from your Media Library

Tools>Bulk Add Shows

  1. Follow the menu to Tools>Bulk Add Shows and whilst on the Folder tab of the newly opened window click Add. Browse to the root folder of your “Media Library” and click OK. The path will be added to the “Monitor Folders” list.

  2. Click the Check >> button, the selected path will be scanned and any content with a recognised structure automatically displayed in the Scan Results tab.

  3. In the Scan Results tab, click Auto ID All and TV Rename will attempt to match the found content against TheTVDB, and ascertain if the show is part of a “flat” structure with all the episodes in one folder, or a “tree” structure with sub folders for each season and specials.

    Any shows not identified will not have an entry in the Show column or the thetvdb code column; these can be fixed manually by highlighting the relevant row in the table and clicking Edit and using Search to interrogate TheTVDB.

  4. Once the match process has finished, click Add & Close and accept the confirmation, all the identified shows will be added to the My Shows tab.

  5. My Shows will now be populated with the TV shows that have been identified, however there is currently no “Season” information. click Refresh and all the season information will be downloaded (depending on the size of your media library this may take a little while).

  6. Once the download is complete you can browse the series information. Here, by right clicking on a show or season, you can edit the TV Rename settings to override information fetched from The TVDB .

  7. You can manually add shows by clicking the Add button in the My Shows tab. Enter the show name, and click Search to find it. Enter the base folder for the show in your media library, and select whether or not you have a sub-folder for each season.

2. Set your Preferences

Options>Preferences>Search Folders

  1. In Options>Preferences, go to the Search Folders tab and Add the locations you normally use for downloading new episodes. This is where TV Rename will look for new media files.

  2. Visit Options>Filename Template Editor to set how TV Rename will rename your files.

  3. Take a look at the other tabs in Options>Preferences to get an idea of the changes that can be made to TV Renames behaviour.

3. Run a Scan


  1. Go to the Scan tab, and click Full. TV Rename will download any needed show information from The TVDB, and compare it with the contents of the media library. Settings in Options… will change the behaviour here.

  2. When the scan is complete, review TV Rename’s suggested changes and other information. Any ticked item will be actioned, so un-tick things you’re not sure about, or use the check boxes in the bottom-right of the screen for a less granular approach. Right-click on selected items for more actions.

  3. Click Do Checked and TV Rename will process the ticked actions, moving and renaming files as necessary.

4. Ongoing Monitoring

  1. Go to the When to watch tab to see all known future information (including air dates) of shows you are following.

  2. In the Search Folders tab of Options>Preferences ticking the “Monitor folders for changes” box will tell TV Rename to automatically scan whenever a new file is made available.

5. Sit back, relax, and let TV Rename do all the hard work for you!

Whatever changes TV Rename makes to your recording names the season and episode details will remain untouched.

It is highly unlikely that the names of the recordings will get screwed up, but, should it happen, the problem should be easily fixable after changing some settings, or adding new rules. At least, that’s the theory.:sunglasses: