Recoll Alternatives for Windows

    There are many alternatives to Recoll for Windows if you are looking for a replacement. The best Windows alternative is Everything, which is free. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 25 alternatives to Recoll and many of them are available for Windows so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Windows alternatives to Recoll are DocFetcher (Free, Open Source), RecentX (Paid), Search Monkey (Free, Open Source) and SwiftSearch (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Jul 23, 2021

    1. "Everything" is an administrative tool that locates files and folders by filename instantly for Windows.
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      renArD Everything Search doesn't look the file contents
      Negative comment over 2 years ago

    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.
      Comparatively trivial to install.
      Positive comment 10 months ago

      softph Similar program as recoll. Plus: Includes a realtime indexer and free executable on windows. Minus: much slower for large datasets, less configurable.
      Positive comment 11 months ago

      Doesn't search WITHIN documents.
      Negative comment 12 months ago


    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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    4. A fast real-time search engine for displaying regular expression matches (both file name and content) across multiple directories.
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    5. 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.

    6. 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.
    7. Full-text morphological search among documents and e-books of dozens of file types, including text in archives and disk images; on the your desktop, LAN, clouds (WebDAV) and removable drives.
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    8. 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.


      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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    9. 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.


      The program is no longer updated since 2012. Last version,, released in December 2010, can be still downloaded from the official website.

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