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grep Alternatives for Mac

There are many alternatives to grep for Mac if you are looking for a replacement. The best Mac alternative is DocFetcher, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 25 alternatives to grep and 12 are available for Mac so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Mac alternatives to grep are ripgrep, The Silver Searcher, ack and FAR - Find And Replace.

grep alternatives are mainly File Search Utilities but may also be Web Log Analyzers or Text Editors. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of grep.
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  • FreeOpen Source
  • Mac
  • Windows
  • Linux
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grep is a command-line utility for searching plain-text data sets for lines matching a regular expression.

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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.

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  2. 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.

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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.

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    ack

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Linux

    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.

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    SO much simpler. Sane, modern, defaults.

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    FAR - Find And Replace

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    FAR is a simple tool for search and replace operations over multiple files. You can apply ordinary "word by word" replacement, or choose to use fully featured regular expressions.

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    macOS Console

    • FreeProprietary
    • Mac

    An application to view live log files.

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  7. Monitor log files in real time using customized filter and formatting rules. Use regular expressions to apply color and formatting. Go even further by filtering out unwanted text or lines. https://logtransformer.com.

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  8. iXoft TexFinderX icon

    iXoft TexFinderX

    • FreeProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows

    TexFinderX is a freeware tool to search and replace text inside entire folders.

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    Rummage

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    Rummage is a cross platform tool for crawling directories and searching and replacing in text files. It is written in Python and uses wxPython for the GUI. Rummage allows for literal or regex searches and has configurations for limiting the files etc.

    Rummage - Search Tab
  10. UniversalCodeGrep

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Linux
    • BSD

    UniversalCodeGrep (ucg) is an extremely fast grep-like tool specialized for searching large bodies of source code. It is intended to be largely command-line compatible with Ack, to some extent with ag, and where appropriate with grep.

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