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.


  • 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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  • Your app helped us compile one of our website. nithyanandatruth(dot)org Recently other departments have started using your app for their own work, like yoga department for compiling Yoga course, University for making courses from scriptures etc, and may be soon archives which will compile billions of old scriptures, discourses and Hindu source books. We are are extremely happy to use your app. Our guru, Paramahamsa Nithyananda, an incarnation as per vedic tradition, has given live discourses which are watched by people world wide, in 300 cities across 47 countries. He has given more than 20,000 hrs of discourses out of which some 2,000 hrs are transcribed and made searchable using your app. Similarly rest we will be transcribing. From a technical standpoint you might not be able to appreciate teh impact your app is making. But as a usage it is making a very positive impact and we are thankful for that. Ofcourse there are short-coming also, 1) it is only good for word search not sentences 2) no web interface, we are using it as a windows remote app 3) indexing of tera bytes of material takes hell lot of a time, and then you want to share it with others, neither it is known nor trivial how to share the index of one docfetcher instance with another, NOR there is any web-interface that we may host this as a service. So we use it through windows remote machine, but only 1 person can use at a time. Probably some developers from our aadheenam will find some time to space from working on OCR work and can contribute to add these features in the code. But otherwise this app is a solid thing so what it does. Thank You.

  • This is a really powerful search engine for your files. I use this to search network attached drives as well as my local disks. It is way more powerful than the standard windows 7 search facility. It can be prone to crashing when building large indexes such as enourmous network drives. The user interface is outdated, but hey, who cares? it does the job!

  • Wonderful program. I'm using it to create portable document repos for our attorneys to take to trial. I've also used the portable version to create office wide indexes, and I've sent client versions (no rights to build, delete, update, etc) of the portable program to others in the office.

  • A fantastic program, a shame it is not commercially supported. I would happily pay a lot for this, it is way better than the commercial packages I have tried. My job relies heavily on search in our own archives, and for this DocFetcher is fantastic. Would have loved it to be as good in picture search (doesn't bring up the images), but for free you can't have it all.

  • Admirable utility. Stumbled a little coming out of the gate (needed to reinstall java), but appears to be exactly what I was hoping for.

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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