AlternativeTo Logo
Recoll icon

Recoll

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.

  • Mac
  • Windows
  • Linux
  • BSD
Avg rating of 4.6 (8)| 9 comments

What is Recoll?

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.

A small fee is required for downloading and using the Windows binary version.

Recoll finds keywords inside documents as well as file names.

It can search most document formats. It can reach any storage place: files, archive members, email attachments, transparently handling decompression. One click will open the document inside a native editor or display an even quicker text preview.

Avaliable through repositories

Features:

  • Qt-based GUI
  • Will run on most Unix-based systems
  • Powerful query facilities, with boolean searches, phrases, proximity, wildcards, filter on file types and directory tree.
  • Supports the following document types (and their compressed versions)
  • Natively: text, html, OpenOffice files, maildir and mailbox (Mozilla and IceDove mail) with attachments, pidgin log files
  • With external helpers: pdf (pdftotext), postscript (ghostscript), msword (antiword), excel, ppt (catdoc), rtf (unrtf)
  • Powerful query facilities, with boolean searches, phrases, filter on file types and directory tree
  • Support for multiple charsets, Internal processing and storage uses Unicode UTF-8. Multi-language and multi-character set with Unicode based internals.
  • Stemming performed at query time (can switch stemming language after indexing)
  • Easy installation. No database daemon, web server or exotic language necessary
  • An indexer which runs either as a thread inside the GUI or as an external, cron'able program
show full description

Recoll Screenshots

Search results
Screenshot
A result list with a preview window open
The two tabs in the advanced search dialog
A result list from which the native application (firefox) was started by clicking the Edit link
The document history
The term explorer tool in phonetic mode
Recoll searching Chinese text. Chinese text search is based on n-grams and relatively rough, but still useful
Customized result list
 Suggest and vote on features

Recoll Features

  1.  Full-Text SearchRecoll lets you search for specific words or phrases from inside a document or database.
  2.  Dark ModeRecoll supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.

Recoll information

  • Developed byJean-Francois Dockes
  • LicensingOpen Source and Commercial product.
  • PricingOne time purchase (perpetual license) that cost about $5.
  • RatingAverage rating of 4.6
  • Alternatives37 alternatives listed

Supported Languages

  • English

Our users have written 9 comments and reviews about Recoll, and it has gotten 52 likes

Recoll was added to AlternativeTo by Ravi on and this page was last updated .

Comments and Reviews  Post a comment/review

 all • positive • negative      relevance • date
softph
  
Top positive comment ago
Copy a direct link to this comment to your clipboard   
If this Review contains spam or other abuse, notify admins about it.   

Excellent.

Works really well (fast) including with large sets of files (much better than docfetcher). A lot of useful options (to select what to index per folder, to ignore numbers or not, format output, filter them, etc) but the configuration remains straightforward. OCR is possible for pdf (I am using it with tesseract, a bit slow but works).

A small donation is needd for the windows executable but it works so much better than the windows search when you have a lot of data that it is worth it in my opinion.

Show entire comment
1
caiocco
  
Top positive comment ago
Copy a direct link to this comment to your clipboard   
If this Review contains spam or other abuse, notify admins about it.   

I use Recoll since the version based upon the version 3 of Qt toolkit. Recoll has a lightweight GUI and uses a very powerful engine (that may be memory hungry, but just when updating the database), being able to index a lot of formats. The database can grow up and reach some gigabytes in size, but the queries are fast.

Pros:

  • Lightweight and use to use GUI
  • Desktop environment agnostic (works great for me, as I still use FVWM with ROX-Filer)
  • Supports a lot of query types
    • In fact, Recoll has a query language and it is nicely documented
    • When filtering directories, the query language don't require the full path (i.e. Macrometrópole dir:/mnt/arquivos/caio/Cidades/Brasil/SP/RMSP/Emplasa/biblioteca and Macrometrópole dir:Emplasa/biblioteca are the same thing)
    • Filtering by MIME type is also easy (e.g. mime:application/pdf)
  • Shows snippets of documents in plain text

Cons:

  • The search engine may need a lot of memory (4 GB or 6 GB) when scanning large PDF files, like digitized maps
  • The default search results format is a bit dated
  • May have problems with old ISO 8859-1 HTML files, messing up the accentuated characters
  • Specifying search paths is a bit cumbersome

[Edited by caiocco, April 30]

[Edited by caiocco, April 30]

Show entire comment
1
johnhk
  
Top negative comment ago
Copy a direct link to this comment to your clipboard   
If this Review contains spam or other abuse, notify admins about it.   

Not free on window. Force donate to access download.

1 reply
softph

The executable is not free. The source is available under an open source license. Someone else could compile it I guess and distribute it.

Reply written ago

If this reply contains spam or other abuse, notify admins about it.   
Show entire comment and 1 reply
8
helengrives
  
Positive comment ago
Copy a direct link to this comment to your clipboard   
If this Review contains spam or other abuse, notify admins about it.   

Recoll is and was my first go to app for indexing pdf files on Ubuntu. It works so well; especially the preview and the ease of adding directories or maps. I also bought the Windows version. After so many uses and it usefulness; no problem. The database is best place in a directory that accommodates it growth when needed. It can also index media, usb and other disks.

Show entire comment
0
dacomboman
  
Positive comment ago
Copy a direct link to this comment to your clipboard   
If this Review contains spam or other abuse, notify admins about it.   

Just purrfect for Linux users!

A bit of power usage on initial index, but that's okay.

Show entire comment
0
qdonxr
  
Positive comment ago
Copy a direct link to this comment to your clipboard   
If this Review contains spam or other abuse, notify admins about it.   

The best thing since Google Desktop Search. It kicks DocFetcher's butt 10 times over. Well worth the few $/Euros to buy the installer.

Show entire comment
0
softph
  
Positive comment ago
Copy a direct link to this comment to your clipboard   
If this Review contains spam or other abuse, notify admins about it.   

It is fantastic. Lightweight considering what it does. I have hundreds of thousand files indexed. Finds fast (where windows search indexing is hell, docfetcher too slow).

Show entire comment
0
Show more comments
7 of 9 comments

Tags

  • desktop-search
  • unix
  • boolean-function
  • text-search
  • find-in-files

Lists containing Recoll

Favourites •  Installed Win Software

Recoll platform details

Windows

To download the Windows version, one shall perform a 5$ donation to receive the link.

Linux

Compiled and tested on FreeBSD, Linux, Darwin and Solaris

Recent user activities on Recoll

AlternativeTo