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Tembo is a desktop search tool based upon the powerful Spotlight engine. Tembo finds files, folders, mail messages, bookmarks, images and anything else on your Mac.

Tembo shows results grouped by file type. Initially the top 10 matches for each group are shown. Often enough you will find the sought for file right here.

Drill-down into a group reveals up to 2500 results alongside context-sensitive filters. These help narrow down the results list. The "Messages" group, for example, has filters on subject, sender and recipient. The "Images" group has filters for resolution and file type.

Thus Tembo is more...

What's New

Version 1.7.8:
  • Enhancement: Wild card searches no longer need quotes: name:*.txt
  • Bug fix: On some systems date columns were too narrow
  • Bug fix: Document type filters could be hard to click
  • Bug fix: Filtering bookmarks by domain name could fail


OS X 10.6.6 or later

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Pierre, the developer, has proven to be very responsive. Working through the issues listed in my previous review I've learned the Tembo does work as advertised. We've also uncovered some peculiar issues with the file dates in Mavericks.

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Version 1.7.7
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roydv58 Member IconReview+5

Pierre, the developer, has proven to be very responsive. Working through the issues listed in my previous review I've learned the Tembo does work as advertised. We've also uncovered some peculiar issues with the file dates in Mavericks.

At the current discounted price, Tembo is the same price as DataLore. Both find the files with ease. Tembo's result listing by file type is appealing. DataLore's Quick Reference is very helpful.

With a developer so willing to satisfy his customers, Tembo is a good choice.

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Version 1.7.7
roydv58 Member IconReview+5

This product is intended to simplify searching for documents. DataLore, the product that I have used for a couple of years has proved easy to use and reliable. It was only the superior results interface that convinced me to buy Tembo.

After using it for a few hours it has proved to be unreliable. It fails to find files that I know are there, and that DataLore detects without hassle. Searchlight also finds the files, so there is a problem with this product.

Until this issue is fixed, don't waste your money.

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Version 1.7.7
Houdah Software (Developer)

Please contact support with details on files Tembo failed to find.

Please also check Tembo > Preferences > Advanced for exclusion rules that may prevent your files from being shown.


An example: there are a number of pages documents called "International CV.pages" each one files under the project for which it was submitted. DataLore finds all of them. Tembo finds one. The date it finds is the most recent one, but the folder shown is not the folder containing the most recent file, and none of the other files are shown.

Before submitting the previous post I'd checked the preferences and that's not the issue.

It is possible that this is related to Mavericks, so you may want start looking there.

Houdah Software (Developer)

I can currently think of only one reason for Tembo not to find a file. If you ask for results to be sorted by "Date Last Opened", files that to the knowledge of Spotlight have never been opened will not be listed.

Try sorting by "Date Modified" or "Date Created".

If that does not help, please email me screenshots of the Tembo search and results as well as screenshots of the files in Finder.


At first I thought Tembo wasn't finding all my files, but then I noticed that if there a lot of hits for a particular file type, the bar sectioning off that file type has a "X Results" with an arrow next to it. Click the arrow and it opens a pane with all the results, as well as the ability to search within those results.

You probably already know this, but sometimes obvious things are overlooked :)

FWIW, when I compared Tembo's results to those of other search utilities, there was no difference.

Pik80 Member IconComment+341

Nice app but the developer doesn't update it as much as he updates Houdahspot. For that reason I use Houdahspot more.

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Version 1.7.7
Macsylvain Member IconReview+2

very useful. i use it almost every day with ton of data (pdf, etc).

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Version 1.7.7
fvdgeestdtp Member IconComment+5

Am I correct in understanding that it don't find system items? I have Preferences enabled but it does not find system or library items under Mavericks...

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Version 1.7.6
Houdah Software (Developer)

Tembo can find any file included in the Spotlight index.

To prevent clutter, Tembo excludes a couple of file types from search results. You can configure this under Tembo >Preferences > Advanced.

Unlike the default Spotlight interface, Tembo does not hide the contents of the Library folder.

Low level system files however cannot be found as Spotlight does not index these.


Ah yes, sorry, this was indeed a old comment; in the meantime I found out how to include and even add library as a favorite ;-) And with Dutch translation now! :-)

alxfyv Member IconReview+1

An excellent search program that finds anything anywhere, even in hidden system files and the hidden files and folder themselves, which with Apple is a very good trick. And it's quite fast.

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Version 1.7.5
Negritude Member IconComment+1082

Price drop! Currently $1.99 in the MAS:


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Version 1.7.3
Sherman Wilcox Member IconReview+171
Sherman Wilcox

Tembo is good stuff.

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Version 1.7.1
Vinkri Member IconReview+102

I'm usually using HoudahSpot... But for 90% of my searches require fast launch, grouped results and easy browsing through results. Tembo is absolutely perfect for that.
Houdah Spot is file search as an art.
Tembo is Spotlight as it should be.

I like it a lot.

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Version 1.7
Bobembry Member IconReview+64

I use it all the time and meets my needs 95% of the time. If I need something more precise, I use its big sister/brother app: HoudahSpot

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Version 1.6
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Version 1.7.8
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Version 1.7.7
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Version 1.7.6
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Version 1.7.6
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Version 1.6.3
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Version 1.5.2
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Date 18 Jul 2014
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / Intel 32
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