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Visual Studio Project Renamer

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A utility that renames Visual Studio projects
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This is a utility that renames Visual Studio projects.


vsrename <oldname> <newname> <dir>


oldname : The old name of your project (typically the xxx from xxx.dsw)
newname : The new name for your project
dir : The directory tree that holds the project.

This program will replace all occurences of oldname to newname in all files and rename all filenames that have the old name in it. It will walk subdirectories.

Use with care and on your own risk! Make backups before you use this program. Do a 'rebuild all' on your renamed project.


5.Sep.2001 v0.5

  • Source code released.

30.Jun.2001 v0.4

  • Better handling of binary files. They should be alright after renaming the project.

15.Jun.2001 v0.3

  • Better renaming of projects with the same name in it, so you can rename a project from 'myproject' to 'supermyproject'. It should go ok.

14.Jun.2001 v0.2

  • Added renaming of main project directory


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About the Author

Niek Albers
Web Developer
Netherlands Netherlands
Niek is the founder and programmer of and is working on many projects all the time. He makes a living by doing contractwork for others.

Comments and Discussions

QuestionDoes NOT work! PinmemberMember 1063270530-Apr-14 0:39 
QuestionFreakin' Nice! PinmemberMember 1012425424-Jun-13 10:11 
GeneralThanks for VSRenamer Pinmembersmartsendy349-Dec-12 10:37 
QuestionVsproject renamer reloaded with gui Pinmemberrazer2121-Aug-11 6:24 
AnswerRe: Vsproject renamer reloaded with gui Pinmembersmartsendy349-Dec-12 10:56 
QuestionExcellent little utility!!! PinmemberBruceL7-Jul-11 7:54 
GeneralYour my new best friend. Pinmembershaneritchie21-Jan-11 11:23 
GeneralRenameVSProject GUI PinmemberAnthony Dunk11-Jan-11 13:54 
GeneralRe: RenameVSProject GUI PinmemberCoreyCooper10-May-11 9:52 
GeneralGUI version of vsrename that handles VS2005 projects too PinmemberAnthony Dunk25-Jun-08 20:50 
GeneralRe: GUI version of vsrename that handles VS2005 projects too PinmemberRockAndRollProgrammer31-Jul-08 6:00 
I downloaded the source and tried to compile your project; however, the source is missing UtilsLib.

GeneralRe: GUI version of vsrename that handles VS2005 projects too PinmemberHarold Bamford9-Oct-09 8:44 
Generalbug with defines Pinmembermarcelaviles9-Jun-08 4:25 
GeneralExcellent work! PinmemberMember 320853420-May-08 22:02 
GeneralYou are the man!!!!! PinmemberAlejandroDG2-Oct-07 10:21 
GeneralWorks Good Pinmembers0rce722-Aug-07 9:46 
GeneralIt works well in 2003 PinmemberLovelyMerino1-Aug-07 16:31 
Generalvery useful Pinmember723Alex26-Jul-07 13:07 
GeneralDude this is awesome Pinmemberspicalino13-Jul-07 3:16 
GeneralNo excuse not to rename anymore. Pinmembercharlieg14-May-07 1:28 
GeneralJust used it to rename a VS2005 VB project PinmemberAndy Henderson8-Feb-07 1:01 
Generalexcellent Pinmembermark-w10-Nov-06 2:11 
News! Good / Bug PinmemberSynetech12-Aug-06 10:15 
GeneralRe: ! Good / Bug PinmemberAnonymuos30-Aug-06 11:41 
GeneralRe: ! Good / Bug PinmemberSynetech25-Jan-09 15:10 
GeneralGreat Work!! PinmemberGanesh_NV23-May-05 0:12 
GeneralAwesome! This is the bomb! PinmemberProgrammer_Chris30-Oct-04 22:48 
GeneralRe: Awesome! This is the bomb! PinmemberMarco Incalcaterra24-Jan-05 9:17 
Generalworked for me PinmemberMandalay29-Jul-04 11:17 
GeneralRe: worked for me Pinmemberpflei16-Sep-04 10:01 
Generalbeginer Pinmemberdnqhung12-Jun-04 21:18 
GeneralFantastic! Pinmembersofia hiromi14-May-04 5:01 
Generalbetter program for renaming Pinmembersshd25-Mar-04 3:58 
GeneralRe: better program for renaming PinmemberJohn M. Drescher5-Apr-04 6:46 
GeneralRe: better program for renaming PinmemberMember 11254201-Jul-08 5:48 
GeneralIt cant change the project Name Pinmemberiffi99216-Nov-03 20:51 
QuestionRe: It cant change the project Name PinmemberDavidCrow21-Jul-06 10:45 
GeneralBe carefull if your project is called Tom or something else... Pinmemberazera29-Jul-03 0:08 
GeneralVery neat! PinmemberFredrik Skog10-Jul-03 2:41 
GeneralError-Handling with write-protected files PinsussAnonymous13-Mar-03 4:00 
GeneralOne small bug in V0.5 PinmemberJeremy Davis28-Feb-03 1:08 
GeneralI can't believe .... Pinmemberslashsplat5-Jun-02 6:06 
GeneralRe: I can't believe .... PinmemberGero Gerber9-Jun-02 13:44 
GeneralGreat program!!! Pinmemberandigra22-Apr-02 3:34 
GeneralExcellent! PinmemberMatt Gullett27-Feb-02 5:34 
GeneralNew Version 1.03 PinmemberJack S29-Aug-01 22:09 
GeneralThat's a whole different program! PinmemberAnonymous30-Aug-01 23:48 
GeneralSuperb!! Worked first time PinmemberJames Spibey12-Jul-01 4:01 
GeneralRe: Superb!! Worked first time PinmemberAnonymous1-Sep-01 20:59 
GeneralRe: Superb!! Worked first time Pinmemberbrian scott28-Sep-01 8:32 

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