What are the best Copernic Desktop Search alternatives?

    Copernic Desktop Search is described as 'Instantly find files, e-mails, and attachments stored anywhere on your PC with the free Copernic Desktop Search Home' and is a File Search Utility in the File Management category. There are more than 50 alternatives to Copernic Desktop Search for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, Microsoft Office Outlook and Online / Web-based. The best alternative is DocFetcher, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Copernic Desktop Search are Agent Ransack (Freemium), GCstar (Free, Open Source), RecentX (Paid) and Spotlight (Free).

    This page was last updated Aug 31, 2021

    1. DocFetcher is a portable German/English open source desktop search application. It allows you search the contents of documents on your computer. - You can think of it as Google for your local document repository.
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      Most users think DocFetcher is a great alternative to Copernic Desktop Search.
      mccaldeira I used Copernic Desktop Search on Windows, I searched for a long time for a replacement on Linux. DocFetcher was the best option, although it is difficult to install.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

      The free version of Copernic Desktop Search has a limit to the number of files that you can search. To my knowledge, DocFetcher has no such limit. When Copernic introduced the limit, I switched to DocFetcher, to my full satisfaction.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

    2. 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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      Most users think Agent Ransack is a great alternative to Copernic Desktop Search.

    3. GCstar is a free open source application for managing your collections. Detailed information on each item can be automatically retrieved from the internet and you can store additional data, such as the location or who you've lent it to.
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    4. 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.
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    5. Spotlight is the system-wide desktop search feature built into Apple's OS X operating system since version 10.4 (Tiger).
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    6. FileLocator Lite enables you to locate files on your pc. It performs a thorough and quick search for any file you want to find. It is a free reduced functionality version of FileLocator Pro. It is free for both personal and commercial use.
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    7. A fast real-time search engine for displaying regular expression matches (both file name and content) across multiple directories.
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    8. 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 structures and uses these databases in searches.


      The project seems to be no longer developed. Last version,, released in May 2015, can be still downloaded from SourceForge.

    9. AnyTXT Searcher is a powerful local data full-text search engine, just like a local disk Google search engine. It is your ideal desktop search tool.
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    10. 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.
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      Most users think Lookeen Desktop Search is a great alternative to Copernic Desktop Search.
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