Alternatives to Google Desktop for all platforms with any license

  • Everything icon

    Everything

    "Everything" is an administrative tool that locates files and folders by filename instantly for Windows. Unlike Windows search "Everything" initially displays every file and folder on local or removable NTFS...

    Free Windows

    • "Everything" does not search in the files content, only in the files names. This is of course a major difference.
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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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Copernic Desktop Search icon

    Copernic Desktop Search

    Instantly find files, e-mails, and attachments stored anywhere on your PC with the free Copernic Desktop Search Home. Copernic Desktop Search (CDS) enables you to instantly search files, e-mails, and e-mail attachments stored...

    Free Personal Windows

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Find Any File icon

    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

  • Rummage icon

    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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  • 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

  • Ava Find icon

    Ava Find

    Find Instantly Search without delay. Amazing Accuracy Sophisticated ranking shows what you want near the top. Find New Files Automatically Scout Bot finds newly downloaded files automatically. You don't even have to enter...

    Freemium Windows

    • Discontinued The program is no longer updated and the official download link doesn't work anymore. Last version, 1.5, released in May 2003, can be still downloaded from Download.com
  • File Seeker icon

    File Seeker

    File Seeker searches hard disks for files with excellent speed, accuracy and search within feature.

    Free Windows

    • Discontinued Last version, 3.5.2, was released on February, 2009. You can still download it from SoftPedia.com
  • Vista Rainbar icon

    Vista Rainbar

    Vista Rainbar is a Windows Sidebar clone for Rainmeter. Entirely free and easy for using, this sidebar, whose you can change the background between around ten choice, offers many gadgets such as clock, calendar, RSS feeds...

    Free Windows

    • Discontinued Last version, 4.3, was released on July 2008, but it is still downloadable.
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  • DeskRule icon

    DeskRule

    Wherever you have files DeskRule can locate them. Search your hard disk, but also in mobile phones and cameras, zipfolders, FTP, OneDrive and all the other virtual shell folders.

    Commercial Windows

Google Desktop Comments

on my tests : does not index all files (even those supported!)

Comment by jdopen
about Google Desktop Aug 2011

Hello,
This could have been a great freeware if it didn't have some stupid limits (like don't search in all documents lenght!). I hope Google improves it. ;)

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