FSearch

A search utility focusing on performance and advanced features

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FSearch is a fast file search utility for GNU/Linux operating systems, inspired by Everything Search Engine. It’s written in C and based on GTK+3.

Note: The application is in an early development stage and still considered beta

Features

Requirements

Roadmap

https://github.com/cboxdoerfer/fsearch/wiki/Roadmap

Download

Arch Linux (AUR)

https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/fsearch-git/

Ubuntu

Daily Development Builds PPA

https://launchpad.net/~christian-boxdoerfer/+archive/ubuntu/fsearch-daily

Building

https://github.com/cboxdoerfer/fsearch/wiki/Build-instructions

Why yet another search utility?

Performance. On Windows I really like to use Everything Search Engine. It provides instant results as you type for all your files and lots of useful features (regex, filters, bookmarks, …). On Linux however I couldn’t find anything that’s even remotely as fast and powerful.

Before I started working on FSearch I took a look at all the existing solutions I found (MATE Search Tool (formerly GNOME Search Tool), Recoll, Krusader (locate based search), SpaceFM File Search, Nautilus, ANGRYsearch, Catfish, …) to find out whether it makes sense to improve those, instead of building a completely new application. But unfortunately none of those met my requirements:

Why GTK+3 and not Qt5?

I like both of them. And in fact my long term goal is to provide console, GTK+3 and Qt5 interfaces, or at least make it possible for others to build those by splitting the search and database functionality into a core library. But for the time being it’s only GTK+3 because I tend to like C more than C++, I’m more familiar with GTK+ development, I almost exclusively run GTK+ applications and I really like some of it’s new widget (e.g. Popovers).