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Desktop search application

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DocFetcher is an Open Source desktop search application: It allows you to search the contents of files on your computer. — You can think of it as Google for your local files. The application runs on Windows, Linux and Mac OS X.

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  • Portable version available
  • Full Unicode support for all supported file formats, except CHM
  • Can read the following archive formats: zip, 7z, rar, tar.*
  • Can read Outlook PST files

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User Reviews

  • thebestzorro
    1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    It's very useful tool!

    Posted 12/09/2014
  • viggin
    1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    provide a powerful tool to search words among a lot of .doc,.pdf etc. files!

    Posted 05/23/2014
  • documentative
    1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    DocFetcher is truly a great product to work with. Research is a major part of what I do and I use this product a good deal of my time - often for the whole day, daily, for weeks on end. I have never had an operational problem. Except, to be honest, once when I tried to launch the program and I was told that the program was already running. I simply launched the program again anyway and the error message did not appear again. Anyway, if you experience an issue, why not take the time to visit the Forum - instead of bad-mouthing the product out of some frustration (as galaxy11 and shaznay have done). And if something doesn't work as wished for (as with ukelele), why not pursue that also through the forum or via a bug report or a feature request? I have found the support to be exemplary. Responses to my feature requests have been entirely satisfactory - both in speed and content of response, as well as willingness. So far, I have not had to submit a bug report, per se. Not to forget that this is a freeware product - written, maintained, and continually enhanced by an obviously dedicated person entirely voluntarily.

    Posted 05/18/2014
  • ukelele
    1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    Works fine for pdf, docx and txt, but does not recognize hundreds of my EPUBs! With latest version! It only works using the old function of indexing epub as html. But this is very uncomfortable, because if you get a long list, it is irritating to see 6 html-file-entries for 1 epub-Ebook.

    Posted 03/17/2014
  • deroock
    1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    I have been using this app for over a year now. It runs from a flash drive and indexes a folder (on the same flash drive) with 2000+ documents containing program sources, spreadsheets, word processing files and PDFs. I simple love it. It is easy to use, quick to find and index and portable. It is an indispensably tool for me as a developer to find quick references in my program sources. I highly advice it and wanted to give a quite shout out to the developers.

    Posted 02/22/2014
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Intended Audience

Advanced End Users, Developers, End Users/Desktop

User Interface

Java SWT

Programming Language

AspectJ, Java, Python, Unix Shell


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