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    Spotlight Alternatives

    Spotlight is described as 'is the system-wide desktop search feature built into Apple's OS X operating system since version 10.4 (Tiger)' and is a File Search Utility in the File Management category. There are more than 50 alternatives to Spotlight for a variety of platforms, including Mac, Windows, Linux, iPhone and iPad. Most alternatives are File Search Utilities and Application Launchers. The best alternative is Everything, which is free. Other great apps like Spotlight are Keypirinha (Free), Alfred (Freemium), Station (Free, Open Source) and ueli (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Nov 19, 2021

    1. Keypirinha is a fast launcher for keyboard ninjas on Windows. Features: * Quickly find and launch plethora of items like applications, files, bookmarks, URLs, sessions (PuTTY, WinSCP, FileZilla), registry keys, ...
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    2. Alfred is a productivity application for macOS, which boosts your efficiency with hotkeys, keywords and text expansion. Search your Mac and the web, and control your Mac using custom actions with the Powerpack.
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    3. Lost in tabs? Stay organized with the smart dock. Station automatically groups your pages by application. Your workspace is cleaner than ever, finding what you need is easy. Context-switching is a pain?
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    4. Developed with the Electron framework, ueli is the type of tool that adopts simplicity, leaving out any unnecessary options and configuration settings.
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    5. Access everything with virtually zero effort. Run applications, open files or their paths, open bookmarks in your browser, search the web, calculate things and a lot more. See wiki for more information.
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      Most users think Albert is a great alternative to Spotlight.
    6. 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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    7. Cerebro is an open source and free electron-based productivity software alternative to Alfred and Spotlight. It is focused on speed and good UI and UX.
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      Most users think Cerebro is a great alternative to Spotlight.
    8. Quicksilver is a fast and free Mac OS X productivity application that gives you the power to control your Mac quickly and elegantly. Quicksilver learns your habits, making your everyday chores simple and efficient.
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      saves your recent/commonly used apps for quicker searches
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    9. * Ulauncher provides instant search results. It also remembers your previous choices and automatically selects the best option for you. * You can type in an application name without worrying about spelling. Ulauncher will figure out what you meant.
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      ThunderFox It's a great alternative for Linux users
      Positive comment 3 months ago

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