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Spotless is a simple utility designed to disable and enable Spotlight's auto indexing with the click of a button.

The hostconfig file is read during the boot process to determine which services will be running once the computer has finished booting. Spotless changes the SPOTLIGHT entry in the hostconfig file from -YES- to -NO- or from -NO- to -YES-. A restart will be required to apply the change.

Please note that Spotlight searching will not be available until Spotlight indexing is enabled. This includes the "find" functionality of the Finder. The purpose of this tool is to disable Spolight indexing for a more...

What's New

Version 4.0.0:
  • This version of Spotless has been updated to be fully compatible with OS X 10.7 Lion.


OS X 10.7.x

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Doug Engelbart Member IconComment+133
Doug Engelbart

To find files and text contents, I prefer FileBuddy or EasyFind etc. instead of Spotlight. Spotlight always tries to scan volumes which can annoyingly stress these volumes and abrade them. It even slows down volume performances by indexing while you are working on those volumes. In OSX.8 you can exclude volumes from being indexed via Spotlight's prefpane, but what if you have dozens of external drives and USB sticks (like me)? Why not simply deactivate Spotlight completely? Please update Spotless for OSX.8.2! Finally! Urgently! (Hey Apple, thanks for the big OFF button in Time Machine; but where is the OFF button for Spotlight???)

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Version 4.0.0
Tvalleau Member IconComment+104

Are these folks still in business? Nothing new on their site for four months; emails go unanswered...

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Version 4.0.0
Lounge Deluxe

Abandonware. I now simply use the build in Spotlite tweak features of TinkerTool System, that does the trick for me too.

Lounge Deluxe Member IconComment+196
Lounge Deluxe

Spotless is still not compatible to Lion and no mentioning on Fixamac's website of a release date for an updated version. Odd.

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Version 3.0

Version 4.0 (supports OS X 10.7) was just released today. Enjoy!

Lounge Deluxe

Awesome (though released much too late), but I wonder if I need to pay for another upgrade if 10.8 comes out in 2 months or so. It would be appreciated if Fixamac comments on this matter.

ivanzoid Member IconComment+1

Too much messages that I'm "unregistered". Not even going to see what app offers further, because it's too annoying

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Version 3.0
Mextex Member IconComment+32

Is it possible to enable spotlight indexing a time capsule drive (not just the time machine backupson the time capsule, but the whole time capsule drive)??

Hope this app is Lion-ready soon...

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Version 3.0
Janus Madsen Member IconReview+1
Janus Madsen

This app does exactly what it says. allowing you to disable and reset Spotlight indexing when system seems to go crazy and and bring out the beach ball more often then not.

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Version 3.0
dmorgan Member IconComment+5

both attempts to download the 2.05 version have failed. Neither here at MacUpdate or directly from the Spotless site worked. Both disk images were 'damaged' and unopenable. ???
Any help here???

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Version 2.0.5
MacUpdate-Lon (developer)

Confirmed: the Spotless 2.0.5 .dmg does not mount, at least not for you and me. Only the developer can fix the issue.


You might also want to try CloneEject (http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/25639) , it servers the same purpose - enabling or disabling spotlight on a given volume.

Ronl Member IconReview+926

Thanks for keeping this app updated!
Very useful.
Definitely worth the price.
I've been using it for around two years now with no problems.
For anyone that thinks that OSX's 'Privacy' setting is any ways near comparable... it's not.

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Version 2.0.3
Xenophile Member IconComment+691

How is this better than simply going to System Preferences -> Spotlight -> Privacy and adding HD's, Volumes, or folders to the Do Not Index list?

$20 seems pretty steep for an app that just gives a shortcut to a preexisting System Preferences feature.

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Version 2.0

System Preference's Privacy pane doesn't always work, where Spotless does. Also, Spotless gives you more options.


If Spotlight is "broken", why not report it to Apple so they can fix it? Rather than spending money on a hack?




Good advice but, speaking as someone who's mentioned this problem (Spotlight not remembering when you tell it not to index a drive) since Spotlight's introduction, I can attest they don't always fix things right off. They fix a lot, sure, but not all of it. Spotless fills that gap.


Good point, maybe it's best to do both. Buy Spotless, as well as submit a bug report. I wonder if Spotless' functions can be duplicated with normal shell commands?


F451 Member IconReview+393

I have many drives, and Spotless is the best means of handling volume indexing that I have come across. Since its beginning I have licensed Spotless, and I find the upgrade fee to be more than fair considering how much use and time you receive from each version of Spotless. The Developer is very receptive. I am anxious for Printer Setup Repair to be released for Leopard; another must-have utility by the same Developer.

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Version 2.0
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Henrique Azevedo
Version 3.0
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Downloads 42,297
Version Downloads 14,715
Type Utilities / System
License Shareware
Date 17 Apr 2012
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / Intel 32
Price $16.95
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