Alternatives to ack for all platforms with any license

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  • Agent Ransack icon

    Agent Ransack

    Agent Ransack is a tool for finding files and information on your hard drive fast and efficiently. When searching the contents of files Agent Ransack also displays the...

    Freemium Windows

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  • ripgrep

    ripgrep combines the usability of The Silver Searcher with the raw speed of grep.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

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  • Gawk

    The awk utility interprets a special-purpose programming language that makes it possible to handle simple data-reformatting jobs with just a few lines of code. Gawk is...

    Open Source Linux

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  • 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 features such as ignoring files per...

    Open Source Mac Linux BSD

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  • spot

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

    Open Source Linux

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  • Mawk

    mawk is an interpreter for the AWK Programming Language.

    Open Source Linux

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ack Comments

ack is Perl, not PCRE

Comment by petdance
about ack Aug 2013

Please note that ack is written purely in Perl, and thus uses Perl regular expressions. PCRE is supposedly "Perl-compatible regular expressions" but there are incompatibilities.

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