Pick Me Selects Random Files From Directories

Martin Brinkmann
Mar 6, 2009
Updated • May 28, 2017

Pick Me is a free program for Microsoft Windows systems that picks media to watch or listen to automatically when it is run.

If you got a large hard drive with all kinds of multimedia files you may sometimes need someone else to tell you what to watch or listen to.

We all have this moments of indecision where too much choice can make it harder to make a decision. Shall I watch 24, Lost or The IT Crowd? A video, documentation or movie? Do I want to listen to Rock, Heavy Metal, Country, or listen to an audiobook instead?

Pick Me media picker

Pick Me is a user-friendly computer program that will make the decision for the user. You point it to a directory on your hard drive basically and select the extensions that the software program should consider, and keep the selection process to the application then. This is the only option that you have to limit or filter the suggestions by Pick Me.

Pick Me will then pick a number of files that meet the selected criteria from the hard drive to present those choices to you.

The default number of results is 10 which can be changed in the options as well. Pick Me displays the results in a list. A click on a result will highlight it in Windows Explorer which means it takes just a hit on the enter key to start the playback.

So, if you want it to make all of the decisions for you, to select 1 as the result number as you get only one result back that you can then watch or play.

The software program needs a few additional features like the ability to save the preferences or multiple profiles for different file types, e.g. music, videos and text. It would also be great if there would be an option to automatically pick and play the first file in the list.

The application has been created over at Donation Coder so chances are good that the changes will be implemented. The software is completely portable and requires the Visual Basic 6 Runtimes which should be installed on most computer systems.


If you are indecisive sometimes when it comes to what to watch or listen to, then Pick Me may help you by selecting one or multiple media files randomly from a set folder.

Update: The developer has changed the extensions selection field in the most recent version to a menu so that you can switch between presets easily here.

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  1. Nick said on July 9, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    This program is great! I downloaded a ton of coloring pages from coloring-book.info for my kids. I then use this program to randomly pick images and then I use Image to PDF to create a random PDF coloring book I can print.

  2. Bryan said on November 2, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    This program is the shiz niz. shot for this!!!

  3. Diagonal said on March 17, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    The only feature I can think of for this program is the ability to look at the files in the filelist in different views like thumbnail view, or detail view.

    Otherwise, thank you for writing this handy program!

  4. Nahuel Carballo said on March 6, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    Hello there, I’m the author.

    “The software program could need a fee additional features like the ability to save the preferences”

    They’re saved automatically.

    ” or multiple profiles for different file types, e.g. music, videos and text. ”

    I’ll add that right now :-)

    “It would also be great if there would be an option to automatically pick and play the first file in the list.”

    There is, check the original post, section “Command Line Usage”

    1. chiarafumo said on October 29, 2012 at 1:06 am

      great software, but i always get an error: ‘an exception has occurred while creating your playlist’. i can still save what i have as a playlist, but this error is always there. could it be that files with unicode names [in russian and arabic] can’t be dealt with by the code? they never do show up in any list i create. the format to save is alwasy .m3u, instead of m3u8, so perhaps i’ve found the problem?

  5. FreeTrialGames said on March 6, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    Just great

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