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HoudahSpot is a powerful yet accessible desktop search software. Use HoudahSpot to locate hard-to-find files and keep frequently used files within reach. HoudahSpot builds upon Spotlight, which comes preinstalled with OS X. It makes Spotlight both more powerful and easier to use.

Start with a simple search. Refine it by adding and combining criteria. Quickly sort through search results. Add columns. Apply filters. Preview files and text matches.

If you've ever had a hard time finding a file before, this is the tool you've been looking for.

  • Find files by name, text, content kind, author, more...

What's New

Version 4.1.4:
  • It is now possible to search for text within Text Preview. Simply press Command-F
  • The keyboard shortcut to put the focus on the search field has changed to Command-Option-F
  • HoudahSpot prevents accidentally copying a folder to a subfolder of that same folder
  • Fixes a bug that prevented excluding certain folders from searches


  • OS X 10.10 or later (Fully tested on OS X 10.11 El Capitan)
  • Spotlight enabled

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Current Version (4.x)


Downloads 104,217
Version Downloads 597
License Shareware
Date 09 Feb 2016
Platform Intel 64 / OS X
Price $29.00
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