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ack is described as 'Ack is designed as a standalone (one perl file) replacement for 99% of the uses of grep. ack is intelligent about the files it searches. It knows about certain file types, based on both the extension on the file and, in some cases, the contents of the file' and is a File Search utility in the file management category. There are more than 10 alternatives to ack for a variety of platforms, including Linux, Windows, Mac, BSD and Wine. The best alternative is Agent Ransack, which is free. Other great apps like ack are grep, dnGREP, ripgrep and The Silver Searcher.

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  • FreeOpen Source
  • Mac
  • Linux

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  1. Agent Ransack icon

    Agent Ransack

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Windows

    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 having to separately open each file!

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    Search results, showing the contents view docked below the file list view:
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    grep

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Haiku

    grep is a command-line utility for searching plain-text data sets for lines matching a regular expression.

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  3. dnGREP icon

    dnGREP

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

    dnGrep allows you to search across files with easy-to-read results. Search through text files, Word documents, PDFs, and archives using text, regular expression, XPath, and phonetic queries.

    ⚫︎ PortablednGREP can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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  4. ripgrep

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD

    ripgrep is a command line search tool that combines the usability of The Silver Searcher (an ack clone) with the raw speed of GNU grep.

    ⚫︎ Command line interfaceripgrep either have CLI support or is a CLI-only app.
    ⚫︎ Full-Text Searchripgrep lets you search for specific words or phrases from inside a document or database.
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    Easy install, seems pretty fast, works well on Windows with the provided binary

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    The Silver Searcher

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Linux
    • BSD

    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 .hignore, .gitignore contents.

    ⚫︎ Command line interfaceThe Silver Searcher either have CLI support or is a CLI-only app.
    ⚫︎ LightweightThe Silver Searcher consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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    Multi String Search

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Windows

    Multi String Search, is a portable tool that searches for multiple strings occurrences at once in real time!

    ⚫︎ Full-Text SearchMulti String Search lets you search for specific words or phrases from inside a document or database.
    ⚫︎ PortableMulti String Search can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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  7. SSR: Simple Search & Replace icon

    SSR: Simple Search & Replace

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

    Easy alternative to Grep. Portable. Supports extended regular expression syntax.

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  8. Gawk

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    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 Gnu's interpreter for the awk language.

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  9. JREPL.BAT

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Wine

    JREPL.BAT is a powerful, general purpose, command line, regular expression text processor for ASCII data. It is a hybrid JScript/batch script that should run on any Windows machine from XP onward.

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    Baloo

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    Baloo is not an application, but a daemon to index files. Applications can use the Baloo framework to provide file search results.

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