Alternatives to Copernic Desktop Search for all platforms with any license

  • DocFetcher icon

    DocFetcher

    DocFetcher 1.1 is a portable German/English Open Source desktop search application. It allows you search the contents of documents on your computer. - You can think of it as Google for your local document repository.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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    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 text found. Users can then quickly browse the results without...

    Freemium Windows

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  • Locate32 icon

    Locate32

    Locate32 is software which can be used to find files from your harddrives and other locations. It works like updatedb and locate commands in Unix based systems. In other words, it uses databases to store information about directory...

    Open Source Windows

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  • RecentX icon

    RecentX

    RecentX is an innovative launcher that gives you instant access to your files, folders, programs, websites & clipboard history. It automatically remembers your favorite & recent items so that you can launch them even faster.

    Commercial Windows

  • FileSearchy icon

    FileSearchy

    File search utility that provides instant search by file name, and powerful search by file contents, size and date. Supports search inside PDF, Microsoft Office and other documents. Highlights found text in file names and contents....

    Free Personal Windows

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    FileLocator

    FileLocator Lite enables you to locate files on your pc. It performs a thorough and quick search for any file you want to find. It is a free reduced functionality version of FileLocator Pro. It is free for both personal and...

    Freemium Windows

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    SearchMyFiles

    SearchMyFiles is a non-indexing portable alternative to the standard "Search For Files And Folders" module of Windows. It allows you to easily search files in your system by wildcard, by last modified/created/last accessed...

    Free Windows

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  • Cathy icon

    Cathy

    An extremly small, very fast and easy to use media cataloging tool. You can use it to index files stored on removable media (CDs, DVDs or even diskettes), hard disks or net drives, and create searchable catalogs that can be used...

    Free Windows Linux

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    • Unlike copernic, cathy does not search into contents of files. Guest • Aug 2015 Disagree   Agree
  • Lookeen Desktop Search icon

    Lookeen Desktop Search

    A fast and next-generation desktop search and productivity tool for standard and virtual desktops, for private and enterprise search requirements. Finds documents, outlook archives and e-mails, contacts, appointments, folders, etc.

    Freemium Windows Microsoft Office Outlook

  • PowerGREP icon

    PowerGREP

    Quickly search through large numbers of files on your PC or network using powerful text patterns to find exactly the information you want. Search and replace with plain text or regular expressions to maintain web sites, source code...

    Commercial Windows

  • Searchmonkey icon

    Searchmonkey

    A fast real-time search engine for displaying regular expression matches (both file name and content) across multiple directories. Written in Gtk2 it is highly portable, and as well as running on Linux, ports are available on...

    Open Source Windows Linux BSD

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    Archivarius 3000

    Archivarius 3000 is a full-featured application to search documents and e-mail on the desktop computer, your local network and removable drives (CD, DVD). The documents can be searched by content, the same as with Internet search...

    Commercial Windows

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    Index Your Files

    Index Your Files allows you to search through all your files or folders on local or networked drives without remote admin rights (as necessary for the similar app "Everything"). Searching can be done by name, date, size...

    Free Windows Linux Wine

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    • Discontinued The program is no longer updated since 2012. Last version, 5.0.2.6, released in December 2010, can be still downloaded from the official website.
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    dtsearch

    dtSearch - The Smart Choice for Text Retrieval since 1991.

    Commercial Windows

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  • XSearch icon

    XSearch

    XSearch is a free search tool that with more features that Windows Search didn't provided. It can search files on your computer in high speed. When searching for special words in files, you can specify the words option such as...

    Free Windows

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    BareGrep

    A free file finding and text searching tool: * Regular expression text search * High performance search algorithm * Wildcard and regular expression file search * Recursive directory search * Save, name and manage text search...

    Freemium Windows

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  • Exselo Desktop icon

    Exselo Desktop

    Outlook and desktop search to help you search and find information from your files, emails and documents on your computer. Now also with a secure p2p network so you can share information and collaborate with your friends and...

    Free Mac Windows

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  • SwiftSearch icon

    SwiftSearch

    SwiftSearch is a lightweight program whose purpose is to help you quickly find the files you need on your Windows machine without ever requiring you to index your drives. Most search utilities that achieve similar speeds do so by...

    Open Source Windows

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    SMF – Search my Files

    SMF is a file and file duplicate search tool that uses hashing (MD5, CRC32 or SHA1) to determine similarity. It has tons of search filter capabilities and a result reporting tool, with which you can sub-filter the result set according...

    Free Windows

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    Find Any File

    Find Any File searches your local disks for files by name, creation or modification date, size, or type and creator code (not by content, though). As there are other tools with a similar search operation, here are the special features...

    Free Mac

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    Rummage

    Locating your documents with ease. Rummage is a simple tool that does all the hard work organising your documents so you can find them fast. Spend less time searching and start seeing results

    Free Windows

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  • AndroSearch icon

    AndroSearch

    Search INSIDE documents/files on your device like no other files manager/finder do. Featuring sub second, full text, Desktop Search in files content, and over apps names and description. KEY FEATURES: - Files Search - by name...

    Free Android Android Tablet

  • AIKIN Desktop HyperSearch icon

    AIKIN Desktop HyperSearch

    AIKIN is a powerful new desktop search that can find item names and content using advanced pattern recognition and semantic awareness, that doesn't require the user to always know exactly how something was named or written.

    Freemium Windows

  • HoudahSpot icon

    HoudahSpot

    HoudahSpot is an advanced file search tool for Mac. Use HoudahSpot to locate hard-to-find files and keep frequently used files within reach. HoudahSpot builds upon Spotlight, which comes preinstalled with OS X. It makes Spotlight...

    Commercial Mac

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  • Wise JetSearch icon

    Wise JetSearch

    Wise JetSearch can help you search files or folders on all your local drives in just a few seconds. Input your keywords, select the drive and then start to search. After searching, Wise JetSearch will show you the searching results...

    Free Windows

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    liquidFOLDERS

    liquidFOLDERS stores all files in a separate area of your computer we call "store". A store does not have a fixed directory tree (let alone one that you'll have to manage yourself), but is one big thing. Just like with...

    Commercial Windows Windows Explorer

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  • Organyze Individual Edition

    Find files fast across folders, drives, disks and machines and emails in MS Outlook, find duplicates. Attach labels, bookmarks and comments, automatic backup, synchronize, messaging. Tag Web pages while downloading. Share labels with...

    Free Windows

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  • Gaviri SearchOS icon

    Gaviri SearchOS

    Gaviri SearchOS - Search Desktop, E-Mails, Network and Mobile Devices. The free version is not portable and cannot search in network folders. The universal search engine for all your desktop, mobile and network needs. Finding files...

    Freemium Windows

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Copernic Desktop Search Comments

The pro version also exist

Comment by jdopen
about Copernic Desktop Search Aug 2011

Hello,
If you have a big size archive the paying Pro version is better imho ! ;) (Alas does not seems to work well on win7-64bits). But It works ok on XP. ;)
The big missing feature imho : is an option to remove similar documents from keyword searches. Otherwise this is a great software. ;)

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Stay with version 2.3 (build 18), remove upgrade reminder

Comment by StephanF
about Copernic Desktop Search Jul 2011

Stay with the latest version 2 (build 18) from 2008!
Remove the nagging screen by the following method (taken from somewhere else :):
In XP just change your system date to 2030, exit / restart CDS, then go to the registry (Start / Run / regedit)
Local Machine / Software / Copernic / DesktopSearch2 / System and change the registry key UpdateAvailable from 1 to 0. Then change the clock back to the correct date and you are done

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Limited features include: My Searches disabled

Negative Comment by mistaecko
about Copernic Desktop Search Jun 2011

Limited features include: My Searches (save search queries) disabled, preview window cannot be placed on the right side, (to be continued)

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First of all: this WAS an awesome FREE indexer

Negative Comment by mandin82
about Copernic Desktop Search Jun 2011

Ok, first of all, I have to admit this WAS an awesome FREE indexer for Windows, up until ver 2.3 Build 30, cause after that everything good in this program was just stripped from the free version. I've kept the 2.3 version installed, but annoying popups calling for an update appear something like once a day. Not that big a deal.

I've used it for something like 2 years at work now. It's awesome that it even indexes network drives, as well as Outlook's PSTs and pretty much everything you'd like a good indexer to index (it opens and indexes the inside of Office docs also, which is AWESOME).

The last couple of weeks, however, it's been behaving strangely (it hasn't been indexing correctly) which I believe is due to a recent patch my company implemented on every Windows machine (don't ask me what it is, 'cause they won't tell me). I don't think it's the software's fault it's malfunctioning; I've come to believe that since it's quite an antique version, this new patch they implemented just f*cked up something...I don't know what...but I just don't want to update Copernic because believe me, the latest versions SUCK.

I'm going to try something else now, but before doing so I just wanted to leave a comment here for all you guys who want to try this software and recommend you to google for version 2.3, because I've known lots of people who install the latest version and come back to me saying "that software SUCKS!!!". Trust me on this one: ver 2.3 RULES!!!

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