Alternatives to Spotlight 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

  • Launchy icon

    Launchy

    Launchy is a free Windows and Linux utility designed to help you forget about your start menu, the icons on your desktop, and even your file manager. Launchy indexes the programs in your start menu and can launch your documents...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

    • Discontinued The project seems to be no longer maintained: last stable version, 2.5, and beta version, 2.6 beta2, were released in 2010.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.
  • Alfred icon

    Alfred

    Alfred is a quicklaunch application for Mac OS X, which aims to save you time in searching your local computer and the web.

    Freemium Mac

  • Quicksilver icon

    Quicksilver

    Quicksilver is a fast and free Mac OS X productivity application that gives you the power to control your Mac quickly and elegantly. Quicksilver learns your habits, making your everyday chores simple and efficient. An introduction...

    Open Source Mac

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    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

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    Keypirinha

    A lightning fast and flexible keystroke launcher for Windows. No installation required (portable). Extensible with Python3 plugins.

    Free Windows

  • 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

  • Zazu icon

    Zazu

    Zazu is a new open source productivity app, that allows developers to be in the drivers seat. Unlike other solutions, there is no built in integrations, so every plugin has the full scope of what Zazu has to offer.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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    Flashlight

    The missing plugin system for Spotlight. Flashlight is an app that supercharges OS X's built-in search. Check the weather, search the web, send an iMessage, find an emoji — all by typing in the search box. With more than 70...

    Open Source Mac

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    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

  • Yal icon

    Yal

    Access your files, programs, browser bookmarks, search engines and windows with a few key presses.

    Open Source Windows

  • Hain

    Hain is an ALT + SPACE launcher for Windows that looks and works similar to Alfred. FEATURES Searching Executable files us very fast with Fuzzy Matching Plugins in Pure JavaScript

    Open Source Windows GitHub

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    Fingertips

    Fingertips indexes the Windows start menu so you can launch items with a keyboard shortcut. Also custom shortcuts, shortcuts for Outlook and auto-typing text are included.

    Free Windows

  • Albert icon

    Albert

    Omnilauncher for Linux to help you quickly find and run apps and do other useful things.

    Open Source Linux

  • Scherlokk icon

    Scherlokk

    Scherlokk is a lightning fast file search utility build for precise and reliable search of every file which meets the search criteria. Music, pictures, bookmarks, documents, etc can be found quickly and easily. Search can be made on...

    Commercial Mac

  • Mini Run icon

    Mini Run

    A handy tool to start application by keyboard.

    Free Windows

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