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  • Listary icon


    Listary is an excellent enhancement utility for list controls used everywhere: Windows Explorer, Task Manager, Registry Editor, and innumerable third-party applications. It searches folders, files or anything else as-you-type....

    Freemium Windows Windows Explorer

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

    Freemium Windows

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  • Locate32 icon


    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 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

  • 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

  • FileSearchy icon


    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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  • SearchMyFiles icon


    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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  • regain icon


    Search the contents of your files not just the file names. regain is a search engine similar to web search engines like Google, with the difference that you don't search the web, but your own files and documents. Using regain you...

    Open Source Windows Linux Self-Hosted

  • UltraSearch icon


    UltraSearch searches files and folders on local NTFS drives and provides the results within just a few seconds. UltraSearch does NOT maintain an index which is stored on your harddisk, it achieves its speed by working directly on the...

    Free Windows

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  • Catfish icon


    Catfish is a versatile file searching tool. Catfish is a search GUI powered by locate and find behind the scenes, with autocompletion from Zeitgeist and locate. The advanced options allow filtering by date and file type. The...

    Open Source Linux Xfce

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  • Archivarius 3000 icon

    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

  • EasyFind icon


    Think Mac OS Xs Spotlight could use some help? Download EasyFind, an alternative to (or supplement of) Spotlight and find files, folders, or contents in any file without indexing. EasyFind is especially useful for those tired of slow...

    Free Mac

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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,, released in December 2010, can be still downloaded from the official website.
  • Searchmonkey icon


    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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    • Search monkey works almost as well on Ubuntu Guest • Jun 2015 Disagree   Agree
  • XSearch icon


    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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  • SwiftSearch icon


    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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    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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  • FCorp File & Folder Tools icon

    FCorp File & Folder Tools

    Collection of File & Folder Related Tools . Feature List : 1. Attribute Changer 2. Batch Folder Creator 3. DateTime Changer 4. Duplicate Finder 5. File Shredder 6. Folder Icon Changer 7. Hash 8. Hidden Revealer 9....

    Free Windows

  • Search Everything icon

    Search Everything

    Search Everything - The fastest possible way to access your files. Gives you instant file search results! Search Everything helps you locate files, by just typing in their name. It indexes your files and folders on your Android...

    Free Android

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  • FSearch

    FSearch is a fast file search utility for GNU/Linux operating systems, inspired by Everything Search Engine. It's written in C and based on GTK+3. Note: The application is in an early development stage and still considered...

    Open Source Linux

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  • mlocate

    Indexes filesystems allowing you to search for files.

    Open Source Linux

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  • BareGrep icon


    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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  • SMF – Search my Files icon

    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

  • ANGRYsearch icon


    Instant file search, showing results as you type.

    Open Source Linux

    • Indexed file search of all your files. finds files, folders, paths, and any combination of those JazorayJan 2016 Disagree   Agree
  • Rummage icon


    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


    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

  • Tracker icon


    Tracker is a search engine and that allows the user to find their data as fast as possible. Users can search for their files and search for content in their files too.

    Open Source Linux Xfce

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  • 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

  • Super Finder XT icon

    Super Finder XT

    Replacement for Windows built-in search. Search files, folders and other data efficiently and easily.

    Free Windows

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    • Launchy
      • Discontinued The project seems to be no longer maintained: last stable version, 2.5, and beta version, 2.6 beta2, were released in 2010. The program works anyway and can be still downloaded from the official website.

      Launchy is a free Windows and Linux utility designed to help you forget about your start menu, the icons on your desktop, and even...

      file-search plugins extensible start-menu desktop-search
    • Gnome Do
      • Discontinued The program seems to be no longer updated. Last version, 0.95.3, released on November 2014, can be still downloaded from Launchpad.

      GNOME Do allows you to quickly search for many items present on your desktop or the web, and perform useful actions on those items. ...

      plugins keystroke-launcher

Everything Comments

(Real) linux alternative?

Comment by kalligator
about Everything Jul 2015

Is there a real linux alternative to Everything?

The suggestions found on the main site here are frankly way off. None of them offers the same functionality i.e. fast indexing and truly instant search.


My #1 windows tool

Positive Comment by steamariavonsteamenstein
about Everything Mar 2015

This is one of the first things I install and configure after a new windows build.

I use it many times a day, and have it set to open with a hotkey. I have a system where I include tags/keywords in the filename of many of my personal files, and can call up anything in a flash.

One of the best tools out there, and I'm very glad it's being developed again.


Good alternative to Everything

Comment by Midlinesoft
about Everything and FileSearchy Dec 2013

I think Everything is a very good search tool, but it has some serious limitations that
prevent it from being the ONLY one search tool present on your computer. You will probably need
one more to search file contents or search computers where you don't have administrator permissions.

FileSearchy was designed to correct this flaw and combines both features in one tool.

Things in common:

  • Instant search by file name on NTFS drives.
  • Fast indexing and real-time DB update.


  • Search file contents including PDF and Office documents.
  • Search non-NTFS drives (without using index - not instant).
  • Ability to work without administrator rights (without using index).
  • Tabbed interface.

[Edited by Midlinesoft, December 03]


FINALLY - New version of Everything

Positive Comment by janakee
about Everything and DocFetcher, Ultra File Search, Agent Ransack Sep 2013

Development of Everything has resumed again after many years.

I used to check every week for about 30 months and then got
tired of doing so and stopped checking. The one day I was on
Samer Kurdi's website and he mentioned that there was a new
version of Everything on the voidetools website.

Everything Beta for Windows is the current beta version.

It is now under active development - 15 beta versions released since
early January to June this year.

Before this new development initiative the last work done on Everything
was in March 2009.

It is much faster than before!.

UAC issue fixed. Everything now runs a service as an elevated background
session. Then when you start the program each time it runs the client
interface in the user session. (You only need to deal with the UAC the first
time you run the program).

My all time favorite app has just got better.

Have tried many search programs like Locate32, Ultra File Search, Index
Your Files, Copernic, etc.

Best of bred
- file search: Everything
- file plus text search - Agent Ransack

[Edited by janakee, September 01]


For remote-net-drive-search wo. admin rights you need IYF

Negative Comment by em4020
about Everything and Index Your Files Mar 2013

@ Balicky 2013-03-24:
If you have your files only on harddisks in your own local computer, where you have admin rights, the search-app "everything" is very OK for You. But if you often search files in much more and much bigger directories in very big company networks with more than 100 TB instead only 7 TB, stored on remote computers, where you have no admin-rights, then you will find nothing with everything. In this case you need Index Your Files, except the admins of the remote computers install "everything" on all remote directories you need for searches.


Ridiculously fast windows search tool

Positive Comment by YaSo
about Everything Feb 2013

It is pretty simple, just a window with a search box and the results show up below. Like Google's instant search, where it autocompletes the search for you as you type, Everything does the same, letting you just start typing and having the results just show up as you type out the search terms.

You can sort by name, type of file, date of the file, where it's located and more. I have a keyboard shortcut to open it when I hold shift-windows-E keys and it pops up to let me start typing to find the file. A simple tap of the TAB key moves from the search line to the results and back again, in case you need to quickly change your search terms. I love it and wish it would be integrated into Windows 7 so I'd get these results in the start menu.


Why I prefer "Index Your Files" over Everything

Negative Comment by em4020
about Everything and Index Your Files Jul 2012

Advantages of Index Your Files (IYF) over Everything:

  • File-name-search AND Content search: Selectable option to search inside files
  • Preview of found files with the suitable office-app or picture-viewing app
  • Special picture search with specific EXIF-data additional to file-name-criteria
  • Special mp3-file-search with music-specific-data such as interpret, album or music-style
  • Easier search without knowledge of regular expressions also with search-terms in OR relationship, e.g. "*.txt / *.ini" .
  • With IYF you can very quickly find files on remote servers, on which you have no admin rights,
    so it is ideal for quick searches on very big company networks with thousands of directories
  • Create indexes for only the directories you select

Everything also can seach remote network directories, but only if you have admin rights on the remote server, and if you install an everything-component on the remote server. So most users without remote admin rights cannot use it in real big company networks.

All advantages of Everything has IYF also:

  • Portable, needs no admin rights on the local computer
  • Available in the languages English, Spanish, Romanian, Italian, German, Portuguese, Russian,
    French, S/T Chinese, Bulgarian, Brazilian, Turkish, Czech, Dutch, Polish, Lithuanian and Kurdish.

The following Flash Demonstration shows the advantages of Index Your Files:


Everything Search from voidtools is the best little known file management trick to date.

Positive Comment by 88kbfilemustard
about Everything and MIDI-OX, Renoise, AutoHotkey Mar 2012

this user's text was too massive and informative so it is now here
there are some uncommonly strong keyboard tips (also PS) at the end so do check out the full file, but here is the condensed and sensible radio edit -----
This tool is awesome and has probably saved me hours and hours of time, and the installer is only three hundred and something kilobytes. If everybody knew about this four years ago think about where we would all be now. But alas, good knowledge sometimes goes undistributed. I personally will start to tell some people about this program and I hope that after you try it and like it you will too.


Best search file engine for Windows

Positive Comment by Balicki
about Everything Feb 2012

Amazing, awesome fast search engine for Windows


I use it to rapidly get to files without needing to use fil ...

Comment by Dmitri
about Everything Jun 2011

I use it to rapidly get to files without needing to use file open dialogs or explorer.

Let's hope development resumes though since a new beta version is long overdue. I would pay for this (although I have already donated (: ).


Awesome tool

Positive Comment by jigarme
about Everything Jun 2011

Awesome Awesome tool, I wish if developers work on it more actively and release updates more often.


There needs to be a networked version for NAS (Network)

Negative Comment by MrCyberdude
about Everything Jun 2011

There needs to be a networked version for NAS(Network Attached Storage) Devices that does not need to be installed.


The most amazing search software I've found!

Positive Comment by Boris
about Everything Jun 2011

The most amazing search software I've found!
I've been able to stop wasting time on meticulously organizing everything - I can now find ANYTHING in under 3 seconds :D


+1 Very lightweight and extremely FAST!

Positive Comment by scatterbrain
about Everything and AutoHotkey Jun 2011

+1 This little helper does exactly what the author says. Nothing less and especially nothing more!

It's very lightweight and extremely FAST!

In combination with AutoHotkey this is THE search on your hands. And hey, have I mentioned RegExp :D