Prepending creation date to selected files using AppleScript (macOS)
I try to name all of my files using the file’s creation date as a prefix. For example:
If I forget, it’s a pain to rename them, so I created a short AppleScript to do it for me.
-- Prepend Creation Date to selected files -- Install Location: ~/Library/Scripts/Applications/Finder -- Last Modified: 2023-05-04 tell application "Finder" set selectedItems to selection as list -- Loop through each selected item repeat with selectedItem in selectedItems set creationDate to creation date of selectedItem set fileName to name of selectedItem -- Prepend the creation date to the file name set newName to my stringFromDate(creationDate) & "-" & fileName -- Rename the file with the new name set name of selectedItem to newName end repeat end tell on stringFromDate(_date) -- yyyymmddhhmmss set _string to "" set _string to _string & my stringFromNumber(_date's year, 4) set _string to _string & my stringFromNumber(_date's month as integer, 2) set _string to _string & my stringFromNumber(_date's day, 2) return _string end stringFromDate on stringFromNumber(_number, _digitsToPad) return text -_digitsToPad through -1 of ("0000" & _number) end stringFromNumber
I put the script into a Finder-specific folder, so it’s made easily available when Finder is the frontmost app:
~/Library/Scripts/Applications/Finder. (I use FastScripts to make things, er, faster).
I’ve also created a version for use via Raycast, which is identical but not “compiled”, as that seems to break things in Raycast.