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Find Any File searches your local disks for files by name, creation or modification date, size, or type and creator code (not by content, though).

As there are other tools with a similar search operation, here are the special features unique to Find Any File:

  • Has a new hierarchical view of the found items, making it much easier to browse 100s of items (see the screenshot).
  • Can run as root user, finding really any file on your disk, even those that are hidden from normal users.
  • Can save queries and run them again later.

Unlike Spotlight (i.e. the Finder's Find more...

What's New

Version 1.8.9b4:
  • File Icons are fully opaque again.
  • Makes sure windows appear on-screen when an external monitor gets detached.
  • Fixes an issue where refreshing the Results takes an unusually long time.
  • When searching a slow volume, its name is displayed in the Find window again.
  • When the command "Delete Immediately" or "Move to Trash" does not succeed, an error more...

Requirements

OS X 10.6 or later

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It's been a while since I rated FAF, so it's time for another five stars. FAF is an indispensable app. I use it for all sorts of stuff, from finding mis-filed files to completely removing software. It's fast, quite configurable and a more...

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Version 1.8.8
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Sergesouszero Member IconReview+42
Sergesouszero
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I’ve tried a lot of search applications, including Tembo, EasyFind and HoudahSpot, but FAF is definitely the best.

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Version 1.8.9b4
Wickedsp1d3r Member IconComment+124
Wickedsp1d3r
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If you think this is better than iFileX, please tell why. I would like to hear some opinions.

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Version 1.8.9b4
Gary30
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You might want to go to the developer's page where it is discussed and see for yourself.

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Gary30
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I have been an EasyFind user for years. However, I recently had the need to search on dates. HoudaSpot, which is a great front end for Spotlight, will do that but Spotlight does not index (or report on) certain folders reliably. Find Any File offers two of the four file date search criteria. I hope they consider adding Date Added and Date Last Opened but those are niggles. The results window is spectacular. Seeing the folder tree is very useful. I could see this replacing EasyFind, although I am so comfortable with that app from years of use that I imagine I will use the two side by side until I get comfortable.

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Version 1.8.9b4
Drdul Member IconReview+448
Drdul
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It's been a while since I rated FAF, so it's time for another five stars. FAF is an indispensable app. I use it for all sorts of stuff, from finding mis-filed files to completely removing software. It's fast, quite configurable and a fantastic deal at $6. The support is excellent, too. I have contacted the dev a few times with questions that it turned out I should have been able to figure out on my own or find the answer to in the help file, but despite the dev answered my questions fully and quickly. Highly recommended!

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Version 1.8.8
bumper314 Member IconReview+32
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Spotlight is nice, when it works, but there's always a need for very specific, scoped searching like Find Any File (FAF) provides.

FAF is necessarily slow as it looks at files as-need, instead of looking at an index like Spotlight. I prefer this as FAF isn't always running in the background taking up resources like Spotlight's mds process. And since I have an SSD, searching is pretty darn fast with FAF anyways.

I mostly use FAF for stuff that Spotlight won't do, like searching inside bundles (applications, frameworks, plugins, etc) to find icons and sounds that Spotlight won't find. Also, FAF has QuickLook, so I can easily see files right in these search results.

I usually start by casting a wide net with my FAF searches, then I further filter the results that come up by file extension. Very handy.

Overall, I find myself using FAF twice a week or so. It's just nice to know I have it when Spotlight isn't behaving.

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Version 1.8.8
Unblocktheplanet Member IconReview+6
Unblocktheplanet
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Well, I still don't get it. Yes, Spotlight sucks. But any search utility SHOULD work like Google. Search function should be at least as intuitive as Mac.

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Version 1.8.8
Robio Member IconReview+68
Robio
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I've been using this app ever since Apple crippled search with Spotlight. I've tried competitors from time to time, but always come back to Find Any File. I have it set up to launch using a universal keystroke (CNTRL+OPT+CMD+F), and use it several times a week. The only time I use Spotlight is when I need to search content, and I rarely do that.

It's worth every penny of it's totally reasonable price. Love it.

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Version 1.8.8
Alexfotoland Member IconReview+0
Alexfotoland
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Best!
Spotlight refuses to search ~/Library/Preferences
Find Any File searches!
OS 10.8.5

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Version 1.8.8
M31 Member IconReview+5
M31
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The best search app I have found for the mac. I like the interface of EasyFind better, but when I tried using it it found every file except the main .app file. Find Any File finds them all.

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Version 1.8.8
Unblocktheplanet Member IconReview+6
Unblocktheplanet
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Sheesh! I don't know where you guys are coming from. Mac's search ability is the OS' Achilles heel.

Even when I know the exact name, Spotlight, or these third-party alternatives, never bring it to the top of the results list.

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Version 1.8.8
Robio
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Sounds like you should contact the developer for help. I've never once not been able to find a file using this app — which I've been doing for many, many years.

Thomas Tempelmann (Developer)
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May you're using FAF wrong: You cannot enter arbitrary search terms like you're used from Google or Spotlight. So, do not try to enter multiple search words unless you use the "matches pattern" search criterium with it. Example: 'Name' - 'contains' - 'invoice 2010' finds only files that have exactly "invoice 2010" as written somwhere in their name. If you want to find files that have both words _anywhere_ in their name (such as "my 2010 invoices.pdf"), use TWO criteria, each with 'Name' - 'contains', entering each term separately. That will find all files that match BOTH criteria then.

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Version 1.8.9b4
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Version 1.8.8
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Mountabe
Version 1.8.8b4
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Version 1.8.7b7
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IngeMortier3516
Version 1.8.6
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Jelswort
Version 1.8.6
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Ollejah
Version 1.8.4
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Version 1.8.3
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Version 1.8.3
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Version 1.8
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Downloads 120,656
Version Downloads 1,449
License Shareware
Date 05 Jul 2014
Platform OS X / Intel 32
Price $6.00
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