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 (Freemium), grepWin (Free, Open Source), dnGREP (Free, Open Source) and ripgrep (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Sep 14, 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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    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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    3. 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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    4. 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.
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      • 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. Why should I use ripgrep?


    5. 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.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      • Linux
      regexxer is a nifty GUI search/replace tool featuring Perl-style regular expressions. If you need project-wide substitution and you’re tired of hacking sed command lines together, then you should definitely give it a try.
    6. Quickly search through large numbers of files on your PC or network using powerful text patterns to find exactly the information you want. Search and replace with plain text or regular expressions to maintain web sites, source code, reports, ...
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    7. 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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    8. 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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