Alternatives to ack for all platforms with any license

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    dnGREP

    dnGrep allows you to search across files with easy-to-read results. Search through text files, Word documents, PDFs, and archives...

    Open Source Windows

  • Gawk

    The awk utility interprets a special-purpose programming language that makes it possible to handle simple data-reformatting jobs with...

    Open Source Linux

  • spot

    Tiny ack-style file search utility. All arguments constitute the search text. No need to wrap most searches in double quotes. Short...

    Open Source Linux

  • Mawk

    mawk is an interpreter for the AWK Programming Language.

    Open Source Linux

  • UniversalCodeGrep

    UniversalCodeGrep (ucg) is an extremely fast grep-like tool specialized for searching large bodies of source code.

    Open Source Linux

  • The Silver Searcher

    Silver Searcher is a code search tool similar to ack that claims to be much faster. It's implemented in C and has some extra...

    Open Source Mac Linux BSD