SwiftSearch is a lightweight program whose purpose is to help you quickly find the files you need on your Windows machine without ever requiring you to index your drives.
Most search utilities that achieve similar speeds do so by indexing drives while the computer is idle, but because idleness detection is so difficult to get right, in practice they end up slowing down the whole system just to speed up search. SwiftSearch works differently: given administrator privileges, it completely bypasses the file system (only NTFS supported) and reads the file table directly every time, which speeds up search by many orders of magnitude. Typically searches yield full results in ~10 seconds or less, a significant speedup for many users.
As a bonus, this program also supports path-based search (for example, you can search for "*Program*\Windows*"), regular expressions (just start the search name with '>' character), and full directory sizes. Its goal is to be simple, swift, and intuitive to use.


  • Blazing fast
  • Simple
  • Powerful

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  • Very fast but lacks ability to do a multi-word search which is very useful for ebook and music file searches as there is no standard to naming these files. Knowing what version you're using of SwiftSearch is anybodies guess. Again, with v7.0, the build date has been added but the version number is still missing although it's shown on the download page. Earlier versions had no Copy function but this has been added with v7.0.

  • essential!

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  • This is far and away the fastest desktop search that I have ever used. Not as feature rich as the defunct Exalead One, but it more than makes up for that in raw speed. Now, about the name, it might be too easily confused with malware that goes by the same name.

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  • SwiftSearch is aptly named; it provides nearly instantaneous results in my system, which is an X58/i7-970 PC running Windows 10 64-bit with a total of 8TB of data present in a mix of large and small files. I approve of the feature that double-clicking on a file's name opens the folder containing the file then highlights the file; if one wishes to open the said file, it is necessary at that point only to press the <return> key. My only wish is for the ability to search mapped network drives.

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Intended Audience

End Users/Desktop

User Interface

Win32 (MS Windows)

Programming Language

C++, C