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How do I find software that I want to download?
On almost any page of the SourceForge.net site there is a white (blank) box in the top section of the page with a "Search" button adjacent. On the home page of SourceForge.net, below the search box, there is also a "Find Software" menu selection. See below for more details on that.
Our search facility is implemented using the Open Source Lucene search engine library. This provides high-quality, easy to use, advanced search functionality for SourceForge.net users.
Entering the term for the sort of software you seek in that space and pressing the Search button will initiate a search for your term.
Once your results are displayed, a page is presented with the results sorted by default by "Relevance". The column header at the top of the list is selectable, so clicking on one of the fields,
will resort the list based on that aspect of the search and the results. When a field is selected for sort, an up or down arrow appears in a circle to the right of the column header to indicate if the data is sorted from highest to lowest (v)(default) or lowest to highest ().
In a row containing a result, if available, a screen shot of the product software is shown on the far left followed by data about the project including supported platforms, supported languages, and on the far right, a green button labeled Download.
In some cases where a project has not yet released files for download, there may not be a download button displayed.
SourceForge.net has integrated software results from FreshMeat.net in our search results. These results can be identified by the download button which appears with a darker grey border and overlapping boxes on the right side of the button, replacing the green downwards arrow that indicates a SourceForge.net based result.
Above the column headers on the top right side, there are a few options that are selectable. Clicking on "Details" will toggle off the details for the results which allows for a slightly easier view of the search result. There is a Filters option (see below) and a View selector that allows the user an option to select the number of results to view per page.
Search results may be narrowed by using the Filters option. Once a result has been attained, clicking of the Filters option produces a drop down selection below the column headers. The first field, "Filter" followed by the "Save As" button allows for a filter to be saved and used again with future searches performed on the site in this same manner.
Just below the Saved filter option, you can select the filters that are applicable to the current search result. The user may Require or Exclude search options, such as:
- Registered before (Date - selectable)
Also, Trove Project Meta Data (category selections set by projects) are selectable in that list
- User Interface (GUI)
- Translations (Language)
- Programming Language (C, C++, Java, etc.)
- Operating System (Linus, Mac OS, Windows, etc.)
- License (GPL, BSD, MIT, etc.)
- Intended Audience
- Development Status (Production, Beta, Alpha, etc.)
- Database Environment (MySQL, Oracle, MSSQL, etc.)
When one of the Trove selections is made that has other options, like Operating System, an additional selection box is displayed so that the desired variable may be selected.
Once the filter data is set, pressing the Apply button. This will narrow the search against the defined filter so that the results sought will be displayed.