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Replace Text

Replace Text, formerly called BK ReplaceEm, is the free string-replacing utility for Windows.

At its core, Replace Text is essentially a text search-and-replace program. However, unlike the search-replace functionality of a standard text editor, Replace Text is designed to operate on multiple files at once. And you need not only perform one search-replace operation per file; you can setup a list of operations to perform. If different groups of files need to have different operations performed on them, this is no problem either. You can also specify a backup file for each file processed, just in case the replace operation didn't do exactly what you wanted.

Please Note: Replace Text is designed to operate only on true text files. Do not use Replace Text on binary files (such as Word documents) unless you understand the consequences.


More Info

When specifying which files to be included in a particular replace operation, you can add one file at a time, or you can tell Replace Text to use all the files from a particular folder -- or the files from that folder that match a given file filter (such as *.txt or *.html). You can even specify to include all files that don't match a particular filter. Additionally, you can decide to include the files from all subfolders of that folder.

One very powerful feature of Replace Text is that you can specify that the destination of the altered file be some other location than where it originally came from. This is handy, for instance, if you want to have some search-replace operations performed on a particular file and have it saved to a destination file, and then want to have different search-replace operations performed on the same file, and have it saved to a different location.

Another powerful ability of Replace Text is to make use of regular expression search-replace operations, as well as range search-replace operations. These are, in fact, so powerful and complex that most users will probably not need to mess around with them. They are, however, vital in certain situations, and turn Replace Text into a much more intelligent text processor.

When the replace operations are performed, a log file is generated to let you know if everything went ok; Information about which files were processed, where they were saved to, where they were backed up to, and how many replace operations were performed on them are provided.

Here is a screen shot of the program:

End User License Agreement

ecobytehas released Replace Text for free, but you must agree to the following terms:

  • You agree to admit your own fallibility and to embrace personal growth to the benefit of yourself, and those around you.

  • You agree to act responsibly towards the environment and to help improve the environment however you see fit.

  • You agree to treat all people with respect and to help other people in whatever way you are most passionate about.


Ziff-Davis (publishers of PC Magazine) says:

"It is a snap to set up and even simpler to use."

Five stars! (Ziff-Davis' highest rating!)

Jeremy Jacobs enthusiastically writes:

"Um, what can I say? I love your program. No, it goes beyond love, I am insane over it. When I think of all the hours and hours and hours I've spent making the exact same changes to all of my dozens and dozens of website pages, and compare that to the fact that I just updated my navigation column in every single page in about five minutes with your program, I could cry... I give this program five billion stars... BTW, I'm thinking about jettisoning the BC/AD calendar and moving to a BBK/ABK one... ;-)"

Omar Ferrer - Interanet Tech Support writes:

"I've seen a lot of shareware and freeware, and when I say a lot, I mean it, but I've never seen something so well designed and implemented as your ReplaceEm software, really. Keep up the TERRIFIC job."

Ray Eastham writes:

"ReplaceEm is absolutely one of the most useful and well constructed utilities I have had the good fortune to find... I downloaded several search/replace utilities from I went to your page first, read your info on ReplaceEm, installed it, and I solved my global replace challenge within 15 minutes. (including install and learning time). Now my only problem is that I've got about 6 other utilities that I will never use..Your's does everything I need. I see that you have written a help file. Your program is set up so well, I didn't need it...
I will tell everyone I know about your program."

Alberto Negrini writes:

"I just found and used your useful program. I find it really easy, powerful, and the most complete of the various shareware I tried before your utility. Thank you very much: have you ever tried to use the multi-file find and replace utilities of the web-sites management software packages? They're really bad-designed... Finally I found what I searched for a long time and I just want to thank you for your job."

Dave Stultz writes:

"Just wanted to let you know that ReplaceEm is a wonderful program - I don't have to use it that often, but when I do, it saves me a lot of time! Thanks!"

Kevin J Turner writes:

"I tried out a slew of Search-And-Replace utilities that allow for spanning multiple files and yours was the best. Great little utility you have there!"

Ashley W. Bone writes:

"What a nice program. I've been porting a set of C++ libraries from the Visual C++ compiler to gcc, and was faced with having to edit 450+ source files to remove all tabs and carriage returns. Not a pleasant thought... ReplaceEm did it all for me in under 10 minutes, including installation, defining file sets, and running the actual search... Now I'm able to focus on the code instead of the formatting."

Peter Benjamin writes:

"Of all the useful tools I've come across, ReplaceEm has to be one of the most valuable so far. ...the feature I like most is the Advanced Edit where you can replace whole paragraphs/sections etc in many files simultaneously, not just single lines like some other replace progs."

Dan Hunt writes:

"I just wanted to drop you a line to say thanks for the most useful software I have used in years. I am currently working on a web site with over 800 html pages. It would take me days to go back and change something that was common in all of those pages. With your Replacer it only took seconds, literally! Thank you for creating this program and putting it out there for me to use. You have saved me days of work."

Justin Gray of Alysis Interactive Corporation writes:

"We tried numerous search and replace utilities, many of them commercial software, before finding the delightfully elegant and powerful ReplaceEm. At any price, ReplaceEm is the best search and replace utility we have used."

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