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Search and Replace Alternatives

Search and Replace is described as '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!' and is a File Search utility in the file management category. There are more than 10 alternatives to Search and Replace for Windows, Mac, Linux, Online / Web-based and Haiku. The best alternative is grep, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Search and Replace are dnGREP, PowerGREP, Find in Files and SSR: Simple Search & Replace.

Search and Replace alternatives are mainly File Search Utilities but may also be Text Editors. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Search and Replace.
This page was last updated Mar 3, 2021
  • Mac

Don't worry about those many files where you have to change a few things! There's no need to open every single file...

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  1. grep icon

    grep

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Haiku

    grep is a command-line utility for searching plain-text data sets for lines matching a regular expression.

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  2. dnGREP icon

    dnGREP

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

    dnGrep allows you to search across files with easy-to-read results. Search through text files, Word documents, PDFs, and archives using text, regular expression, XPath, and phonetic queries.

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  3. PowerGREP icon

    PowerGREP

    • Windows

    Quickly search through large numbers of files on your PC or network using powerful text patterns to find exactly the information you want. Search and replace with plain text or regular expressions to maintain web sites, source code, reports, ...

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    Find in Files

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows
    • Online

    Full-text for files online. Instant find text in files. Search word in pdf, txt, csv, json, html, ...

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  5. SSR: Simple Search & Replace icon

    SSR: Simple Search & Replace

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

    Easy alternative to Grep. Portable. Supports extended regular expression syntax.

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  6. Text Replacer allows performing mass replacement of multiple occurrences of text in selected files or folders.

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  7. Advanced Find and Replace icon

    Advanced Find and Replace

    • Windows

    Search files with smart queries as with Google, replace simple or multiline text in multiple files. The batch replace operation easily updates hundreds of different links in several files. Extremely fast, easy to use, with excellent help.

    Find operation
  8. Search and replace text and raw bytes in multiple files. Features include: multi-line text entry; full support for RegEx with syntax highlighting and match substitutions; built-in hex editor to replace bytes; wildcards and case-sensitivity; Unicode.

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  9. iXoft TexFinderX icon

    iXoft TexFinderX

    • FreeProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows

    TexFinderX is a freeware tool to search and replace text inside entire folders.

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  10. EasyGrep icon

    EasyGrep

    • Free PersonalProprietary
    • Windows

    EasyGrep is an easy to use Windows grep software which allows you to search within files on your computer. Supports text based searches as well as regex searches. Supports Notepad++.

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