ack Alternatives

    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 an app 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 (Free, Open Source), dnGREP (Free, Open Source), ripgrep (Free, Open Source) and The Silver Searcher (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Aug 4, 2021

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


    3. 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.
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      • FreeOpen Source
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      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. Why should I use ripgrep?
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      Easy install, seems pretty fast, works well on Windows with the provided binary
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

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    4. 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.
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    5. Multi String Search, is a portable tool that searches for multiple strings occurrences at once in real time! Supports Regular Expressions and RegEx 'Subpatterns'!
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    6. Search and replace from command line.
    7. 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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      • 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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      • 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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