Auto-Sort Movies into Folders

Many of us start our movie collection as a group of movies, unorganized into their own folder just laying in a single directory. However, in Media Center and Media Browser this doesn’t quite cut it. Each movie should be in a self-titled directory with any of the subtitle and cover images included.

For those of us with large unsorted movie collections this could present an investment of time we’re not willing to make. This could potentially even prevent us from using Media Center to the full potential. Luckily that doesn’t need to be the case!

Unsorted Movie Folder

Jon, from, has created a small bat file that can be placed in your unsorted movie folder and used to automatically sort all those movies into the proper folder structure. Any of the extras you might have such as subtitle files will even come along.

Newly Sorted Movie Folder

To get started, just download the bat file and extract it in the movie directory that needs sorted out. Make sure any files you don’t want moved are hidden (right-click > properties > Hidden checkbox) including the bat file. Make sure each file in the directory is ready to be moved (this will move ALL files in the directory unless they are marked hidden or read-only).

Double-click file2folder.bat and off you go! (If you can’t see the file make sure you can see hidden files by checking Folder Options in the Control Panel) That should be all there is to it. Enjoy your newly sorted movie folder.


Anonymous said...

OMG, I just spent the entire last weekend doing this manually with about 1800 movies. This is a gem of a tool! I wish I had known about it sooner, it might have saved me from carpal tunnel. :P


MHealy said...

I know the feeling I went through quite a collection myself before this little trick. Hopefully it'll save me quite a bit of time in the future though.

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