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webfi-How to Rename Images and Media Files in WordPress

Are you wanting to change the name of an image file after uploading it to WordPress? While WordPress allows you to change an image alt tag and caption, they don’t give a built-in method to change the file name. In this video, we will show you how to easily rename images and media files in WordPress. This includes a method to replace images after renaming them on your computer.

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For the first method, we will be using a plugin called Phoenix Media Rename that you can find here:


Once activated, go to the Media section of your site and ensure it is in the list view. You can swap between grid and list view by using the two icons to the left of the search dropdowns and the list view will display the file names. Click edit next to the image you want to edit and WordPress should now have an editable field where you can change the name and the plugin will update the name change across your site.

For the second method we will use the plugin Enable Media Replace that you can find here:


With the plugin active you can go to your Media section again and in the list view, there will be a link to replace media. When you click on the link you will be asked to choose the file on your computer you want to replace the media with. The plugin will give you the option to replace just the file or replace the file across your entire site and if you wanted to keep the date or change it at all.

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  • mat nice on December 30, 2019

    Thank you so much for this tutorial!!
    Not sure if you already did because I couldn’t find it, but could you please make a tutorial on how to compress images (size) without losing the quality please? Just so that those heavy images files don’t slow down the site. Thanks again for keeping this up for years, we all really appreciate your work 🙌🏾 Happy holidays as well 🎈🎉

  • Roger Higgins on February 14, 2020

    What about the Permalink? Do you edit that or leave it as is?

  • Seo Martin on February 25, 2020

    I did not like Phoenix plugin cause it just change the name, so it breaks the image whatever it has been used before.

  • Bhawesh Thapa on April 28, 2020

    Isn't filename and title one and the same thing?

  • Cleanmy carpets on May 18, 2020

    Hi, I followed your advice. All my pictures in my gallery could be renamed,.Those on my homepage would not. When in media it does show file names changed but when updated would not update onto the live site.

  • Bruce Pike on May 19, 2020

    Just what I was looking for! Thanks!

  • Anna B on August 9, 2020

    Thank you. But how to rename a picture WITHOUT a plugin?

  • Frank Martire on September 26, 2020

    Can you delete the plug-in after you're done using it?

  • Alex Wilson on October 15, 2020

    THANK YOU VERY VERY MUCH I really need that and it is work 🙂 x

  • Amirah Ibrahim on February 15, 2021

    I just started using WordPress and whenever I click on my image it pops up but then it shows the filename, the size, the type of camera i shot it with, and aperture. How can I hide that from viewers?

  • Nicholas P on April 28, 2021

    does renaming images help with SEO?

  • Like Scalp on May 15, 2021

    Thank you for helping!!

  • CFBL on May 20, 2021

    I don't see the list view option? I have downloaded the plug in.

  • Laura DeRamus on September 28, 2021

    Curious to know if this plugin runs super slow for others. It is painfully slow on my site.

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