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

    The best option out there.

    Posted 10/23/2016
  • 1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    DocFetcher must be considered a remarkable program in any company, paid or free. The GUI is simple, easy to understand and unique among free search programs, providing both instant search results, the ability to both scroll between hits and to read all of the text of any file containing hits, as well to directly open any file of interest in its native viewing program. The accompanying documentation is excellent and the support offered by the author is second to nothing. I have used the program to test search a set of rtf files comprising about 50,000 pages of text as well to search another 1100 pages of text in pdf format. The results have been exemplary, in no way falling behind the capabilities of certain high profile programs with which I have compared it. Individual words, pairs of words, phrases, file names and content titles can be instantly found with ease and reliability. Word proximity searching is provided as well as other more advanced search means. The scope of each search can be determined according to the users preference at the time. To the extent that I have used DocFetcher to date, I recommend DocFetcher without hesitation or reserve. Although DocFetcher is offered free of change, some things in life are worth paying for and this is one of them.

    Posted 08/20/2016
  • 1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    Unique documents indexing software, like no other does the job

    Posted 07/28/2016
  • 1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    I found this program extremely helpful in locating keywords in my documents, I looked at other options regarding Windows search and OSX Spotlight search methods but neither word for me until I used DocFetcher. This program is so amazing!

    Posted 07/06/2016
  • 1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    Needs more improvement and searching ability.

    Posted 03/11/2016
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Additional Project Details

Intended Audience

Advanced End Users, Developers, End Users/Desktop

User Interface

Java SWT

Programming Language

AspectJ, Unix Shell, Python, Java



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