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Open Source PowerGREP Alternatives

The best open source alternative to PowerGREP is DocFetcher. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to PowerGREP and many of them is open source so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source alternatives to PowerGREP are FSearch, grepWin, grep and dnGREP.

PowerGREP alternatives are mainly File Search Utilities but may also be Duplicate File Finders or File Managers. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of PowerGREP.
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  • 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.

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    FSearch

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    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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    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.

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    grep

    • 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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    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.

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    Locate32

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

    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.

    Discontinued

    The project seems to be no longer developed. Last version, 3.1.11.8220a, released in May 2015, can be still downloaded from SourceForge.

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    Search Monkey

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD

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

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    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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    SwiftSearch

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

    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.

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    ANGRYsearch

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    Instant file search, showing results as you type.

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