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    Open Source Copernic Desktop Search Alternatives

    The best open source alternative to Copernic Desktop Search is DocFetcher. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to Copernic Desktop Search and nine of them is open source so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source alternatives to Copernic Desktop Search are GCstar, Search Monkey, Locate32 and Spotter.

    Copernic Desktop Search is mainly a File Search Utility but alternatives to it may also be Application Launchers or Media Managers. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Copernic Desktop Search.
    This page was last updated Apr 6, 2022
    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Windows
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    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.
      DocFetcher vs Copernic Desktop Search opinions
      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 about 3 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 almost 5 years ago

    2. 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.

    3. A fast real-time search engine for displaying regular expression matches (both file name and content) across multiple directories.
    4. 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.

    5. Productivity tool that allows to launch everything (e.g. switch the next song, connect Bluetooth device, set a timer, etc.) so you can stay focused on your current task.

    6. 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.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Online
      • Self-Hosted
      The Lemur Project develops search engines, browser toolbars, text analysis tools, and data resources that support research and development of information retrieval and text mining software. The project is best known for its Indri search engine.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      Beagle is a search tool that ransacks your personal information space to find whatever youre looking for.


      The official website is no longer available. Last version, 0.3.9, released on January 2009, can be still downloaded from Gnome repositories

    7. SMF is a file and file duplicate search tool that uses hashing (MD5, CRC32 or SHA1) to determine similarity. It has tons of search filter capabilities and a result reporting tool, with which you can sub-filter the result set according to your needs.
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