PowerGREP Alternatives for Mac

    PowerGREP is not available for Mac but there are plenty of alternatives that runs on macOS with similar functionality. 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 50 alternatives to PowerGREP and 12 are available for Mac so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Mac alternatives to PowerGREP are grep (Free, Open Source), The Silver Searcher (Free, Open Source), FAR - Find And Replace (Free, Open Source) and Find Any File (Paid).

    This page was last updated Apr 22, 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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      cdokolas DocFetcher does not support regular expressions (regex) for text search
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    2. grep is a command-line utility for searching plain-text data sets for lines matching a regular expression.


    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. Find Any File searches your local disks for files by name, creation or modification date, size, or type and creator code (not by content, though).
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    6. Regular expressions are a powerful tool for developers, but they aren't the easiest things to build and debug. Oyster helps you interactively build and test them, storing each "pearl" in an easy to access library.
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    7. Scherlokk is a lightning fast file search utility build for precise and reliable search of every file which meets the search criteria. Music, pictures, bookmarks, documents, etc can be found quickly and easily.
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    8. iFileX's functionality and design is based on Mac OS early-era file search tools such as Find File and Sherlock, now replaced by Spotlight.
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    9. 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.
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    10. Don't worry about those many files where you have to change a few things! There's no need to open every single file and edit them manually, Search and Replace does it all for you!
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