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    DocFetcher Alternatives

    DocFetcher is described as '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' and is a very popular File Search Utility in the File Management category. There are more than 100 alternatives to DocFetcher for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, Android and Online / Web-based. The best alternative is Everything, which is free. Other great apps like DocFetcher are Listary (Freemium), Recoll (Free, Open Source), FSearch (Free, Open Source) and Agent Ransack (Freemium).

    This page was last updated Nov 10, 2021

    1. "Everything" is an administrative tool that locates files and folders by filename instantly for Windows.
      Everything vs DocFetcher opinions
      This alternative is disputed. Everything is still a legitimate alternative to DocFetcher, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
      DocFetcher is a content search tool, it indexes the full file contents. Everything does not, so it is not an alternative.
      Top negative comment  almost 2 years ago

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      misterrobato Doesn't search file contents.
      Negative comment 4 months ago

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      Does NOT search contents of files, just file names.
      Negative comment about 1 year ago

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      Everything is not made to search the contents of files.
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

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      DocFetcher is a content indexer.
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

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    2. Listary is a revolutionary search utility for Windows that makes finding your files and launching applications blazing fast, for casual and power users alike!.
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      Listary vs DocFetcher opinions
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      Only supports windows operating system.
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

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      Listary does not support full text search
      Negative comment 4 months ago

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    3. This package is a personal full text search package which is based on a very strong backend (Xapian), for which it provides an easy to use and feature-rich interface. A small fee is required for downloading and using the Windows binary version.
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      Recoll vs DocFetcher opinions
      Most users think Recoll is a great alternative to DocFetcher.
      SFN The installation in macOS is anything but simple. The default installer creates an application that cannot process PDF files, a lot of manual steps are needed to make the app functional.
      Negative comment 4 months ago

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      It actually is a full text index. The other choices are file finders
      Positive comment over 5 years ago

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      cocofifix It is very fast and can index many different types of files. Search results are shown in context and everything is configurable. Two or more different databases can be created, although this demands starting the application from the command line.
      Positive comment almost 4 years ago

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    4. FSearch is a fast file search utility for GNU/Linux operating systems, inspired by Everything Search Engine. It's written in C and based on GTK+3.
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    5. 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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      Agent Ransack vs DocFetcher opinions
      Some users think Agent Ransack is a great alternative to DocFetcher, some don't.
      misterrobato Free version doesn't support indexing, file content search takes a LONG time.
      Negative comment 4 months ago

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      sombrenote It does index the text content of all your files so that you can search by particular strings inside your files.
      Negative comment about 4 years ago

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    6. grepWin is a simple search and replace tool which can use PCRE regular expressions to search for strings of text within files. grepWin adds an entry to the shell context menu to easily search selected folders.
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      misterrobato Doesn't support indexing.
      Negative comment 4 months ago

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    7. grep is a command-line utility for searching plain-text data sets for lines matching a regular expression.
      • FreeOpen Source
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      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Vim
      fzf is a general-purpose command-line fuzzy finder. * No dependencies * Blazingly fast * The most comprehensive feature set * Flexible layout using tmux panes * Batteries included * Vim/Neovim plugin, key bindings and fuzzy auto-completion
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    8. 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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    9. GNOME Do allows you to quickly search for many items present on your desktop or the web, and perform useful actions on those items.

      GNOME Do is inspired by Quicksilver & GNOME Launch Box .

      Discontinued

      The program seems to be no longer updated. Last version, 0.95.3, released on November 2014, can be still downloaded from Launchpad.

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      SFN It's goal is to trigger actions, not to search text among files.
      Negative comment 4 months ago

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