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Not free on window. Force donate to access download.

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


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It’s an absolute gem. Highly underrated. Does everything it’s supposed to do.

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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).

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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.

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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]

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Finds everything & anything including in files

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