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What are the best Recoll alternatives?

Recoll is described as 'This package is a personal full text search package which is based on a very strong backend (Xapian), for which it provides an easy to use and feature-rich interface' and is a popular File Search utility in the file management category. There are more than 25 alternatives to Recoll for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, Mac, Microsoft Office Outlook and Xfce. The best alternative is Everything, which is free. Other great apps like Recoll are DocFetcher, RecentX, Search Monkey and Catfish.

Recoll alternatives are mainly File Search Utilities but may also be Application Launchers or File Managers. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Recoll.
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  1. "Everything" is an administrative tool that locates files and folders by filename instantly for Windows.

    Locate files and folders by name instantly.
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    renArD

    Everything Search doesn't look the file contents

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  2. 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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    Almost everyone thinks DocFetcher is a great alternative to Recoll.
    softph

    Similar program as recoll. Plus: Includes a realtime indexer and free executable on windows. Minus: much slower for large datasets, less configurable.

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    Comparatively trivial to install.

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    Doesn't search WITHIN documents.

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  3. RecentX is an innovative launcher that gives you instant access to your files, folders, programs, websites & clipboard history. It automatically remembers your favorite & recent items so that you can launch them even faster.

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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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  5. Catfish icon

    Catfish

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • GTK+
    • Xfce
    • PyGTK

    GTK+ desktop search frontend.

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  6. SwiftSearch icon

    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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    FileSearchy

    • Free PersonalProprietary
    • Windows

    File search utility that provides instant search by file name, and powerful search by file contents, size and date. Supports search inside PDF, Microsoft Office and other documents. Highlights found text in file names and contents. Clean and intuitive multi-tabbed user interface.

    Discontinued

    The official website is no longer available. Last version, 1.43, released in October 2016, can be still downloaded from Majorgeeks

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  8. NTFS-Search

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

    This tool enables users to search their NTFS formatted harddrives within seconds. It uses the MFT (master file table) of NTFS to search for files very fast.

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  9. Tracker icon

    Tracker

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • Xfce

    Tracker is a search engine and that allows the user to find their data as fast as possible. Users can search for their files and search for content in their files too.

    Search Bar - The search bar is an applet for GNOME which allows quick access to your data by entering a few search terms. This is the easiest way to find your data:.
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    Index Your Files

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Wine

    Index Your Files allows you to search through all your files or folders on local or networked drives without remote admin rights (as necessary for the similar app "Everything"). Searching can be done by name, date, size, location etc.

    IYF-Search
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