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grep Alternatives for Windows

There are many alternatives to grep for Windows if you are looking for a replacement. The best Windows 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 many of them are available for Windows so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Windows alternatives to grep are Agent Ransack, grepWin, dnGREP and ripgrep.

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
  • Haiku

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.

    ⚫︎ Full-Text SearchDocFetcher lets you search for specific words or phrases from inside a document or database.
    ⚫︎ PortableDocFetcher can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    Agent Ransack

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Windows

    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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    Search results, showing the contents view docked below the file list view:


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    grepWin

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • PortableApps.com

    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.

    ⚫︎ PortablegrepWin can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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  4. dnGREP icon

    dnGREP

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

    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.

    ⚫︎ PortablednGREP can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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  5. 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.

    ⚫︎ Command line interfaceripgrep either have CLI support or is a CLI-only app.
    ⚫︎ Full-Text Searchripgrep lets you search for specific words or phrases from inside a document or database.
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    AstroGrep

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

    AstroGrep is A Microsoft Windows GUI File Searching (grep) utility. Features include regular expressions, versatile printing options, stores most recent used paths and has a "context" feature which is very nice for looking at source code.

    ⚫︎ PortableAstroGrep can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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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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    PowerGREP

    • Windows

    PowerGREP is a powerful Windows grep tool. Quickly search through large numbers of files on your PC or network, including text and binary files, compressed archives, MS Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, PDF files, OpenOffice files, etc.

    ⚫︎ PortablePowerGREP can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    Blink grep

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Linux

    GUI of indexed grep for source code, files locator, search and replace. Switch differnt projects and start searching. Drag and drop of filenames to your favourite editor.

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  10. Search & Replace Master is a freeware. It looks through multiple files for a string or pattern and can also replace it with another string or pattern.

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