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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.

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Comments and Discussions

QuestionDoes NOT work! Pin
Member 1063270530-Apr-14 0:39
memberMember 1063270530-Apr-14 0:39 
QuestionFreakin' Nice! Pin
Member 1012425424-Jun-13 10:11
memberMember 1012425424-Jun-13 10:11 
GeneralThanks for VSRenamer Pin
smartsendy349-Dec-12 10:37
membersmartsendy349-Dec-12 10:37 
QuestionVsproject renamer reloaded with gui Pin
razer2121-Aug-11 6:24
memberrazer2121-Aug-11 6:24 
AnswerRe: Vsproject renamer reloaded with gui Pin
smartsendy349-Dec-12 10:56
membersmartsendy349-Dec-12 10:56 
There is some tricks you can do to make things easier....

Open CMD
Drag and Drop the Vsrename.exe over command
then Enter Existing Name
enter New Name
Drag and drop the directory of the project

Hit Enter....
QuestionExcellent little utility!!! Pin
BruceL7-Jul-11 7:54
memberBruceL7-Jul-11 7:54 
GeneralYour my new best friend. Pin
shaneritchie21-Jan-11 11:23
membershaneritchie21-Jan-11 11:23 
GeneralRenameVSProject GUI Pin
Anthony Dunk11-Jan-11 13:54
memberAnthony Dunk11-Jan-11 13:54 
GeneralRe: RenameVSProject GUI Pin
CoreyCooper10-May-11 9:52
memberCoreyCooper10-May-11 9:52 
GeneralGUI version of vsrename that handles VS2005 projects too Pin
Anthony Dunk25-Jun-08 20:50
memberAnthony Dunk25-Jun-08 20:50 
GeneralRe: GUI version of vsrename that handles VS2005 projects too Pin
RockAndRollProgrammer31-Jul-08 6:00
memberRockAndRollProgrammer31-Jul-08 6:00 
GeneralRe: GUI version of vsrename that handles VS2005 projects too Pin
Harold Bamford9-Oct-09 8:44
memberHarold Bamford9-Oct-09 8:44 
Generalbug with defines Pin
marcelaviles9-Jun-08 4:25
membermarcelaviles9-Jun-08 4:25 
GeneralExcellent work! Pin
Member 320853420-May-08 22:02
memberMember 320853420-May-08 22:02 
GeneralYou are the man!!!!! Pin
AlejandroDG2-Oct-07 10:21
memberAlejandroDG2-Oct-07 10:21 
GeneralWorks Good Pin
s0rce722-Aug-07 9:46
members0rce722-Aug-07 9:46 
GeneralIt works well in 2003 Pin
LovelyMerino1-Aug-07 16:31
memberLovelyMerino1-Aug-07 16:31 
Generalvery useful Pin
723Alex26-Jul-07 13:07
member723Alex26-Jul-07 13:07 
GeneralDude this is awesome Pin
spicalino13-Jul-07 3:16
memberspicalino13-Jul-07 3:16 
GeneralNo excuse not to rename anymore. Pin
charlieg14-May-07 1:28
membercharlieg14-May-07 1:28 
GeneralJust used it to rename a VS2005 VB project Pin
Andy Henderson8-Feb-07 1:01
memberAndy Henderson8-Feb-07 1:01 
Generalexcellent Pin
mark-w10-Nov-06 2:11
membermark-w10-Nov-06 2:11 
News! Good / Bug Pin
Synetech12-Aug-06 10:15
memberSynetech12-Aug-06 10:15 
GeneralRe: ! Good / Bug Pin
Anonymuos30-Aug-06 11:41
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GeneralRe: ! Good / Bug Pin
Synetech25-Jan-09 15:10
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