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HoudahSpot for Mac

Advanced file-search tool.

$34.00
In English
Version 6.5
4.0
Based on 96 user rates

HoudahSpot overview

HoudahSpot is a versatile desktop search tool. Use HoudahSpot to locate hard-to-find files and keep frequently used files within reach.

HoudahSpot is a productivity tool. It is the hub where all the files related to your current task come together. From here, you also can take a deep dive to fetch further information from your archives.

HoudahSpot will immediately feel familiar. It works just the way you expect search to work. Start with a simple search. Refine it by adding and combining criteria. Browse search results. Add columns. Preview files and text matches. Pick the files you really need.

  • Find files by name, text, content kind, author, recipient, pixel count, etc.
  • Combine criteria to narrow down search results
  • Specify which folders to search and which ones to exclude
  • Add any of the hundreds of columns available
  • Apply filters to reduce search results to only the relevant items
  • Preview files and text matches
  • Open files and, where the application supports it, continue searching for text matches by pressing command-G (Find Next)
  • Set up templates for recurring searches

HoudahSpot gives you the tools to get manageable search results from even the most extensive collection of files: an easy-to-use search criteria editor, customizable results displays, search templates, a preview of text matches, and more.

HoudahSpot builds upon Spotlight, which comes pre-installed with macOS. It helps you find the files you need:

  • Word processing files containing the word "invoice" or "estimate"
  • Image files named "logo" more than 512 pixels wide
  • Files created, modified or opened within the last 7 days

What’s new in version 6.5

  • Addresses a change in macOS Sonoma where HoudahSpot fails to load file tag colors
  • Updated ForkLift integration to work with the latest version of ForkLift
  • Fixes a bug displaying files with multiple tag colors
  • Fixes a problem where Text Preview failed to show .eml mail message files
  • Various minor fixes and enhancements

HoudahSpot for Mac

$34.00
In English
Version 6.5
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4.0

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Ry-ma
Ry-ma
Dec 4 2021
6.1.8
3.0
Dec 4 2021
3.0
Version: 6.1.8
Good live search, many setting options. But ProFind can do that too and costs six times less. Houdahspot is simply too expensive for a search engine. - My opinion.
Hldwizard
Hldwizard
Feb 13 2021
6.0.4
5.0
Feb 13 2021
5.0
Version: 6.0.4
Convenient and relatively fast searching made easy.
xcoxco
xcoxco
Jan 10 2021
6.0.1
4.0
Jan 10 2021
4.0
Version: 6.0.1
Great app. Well worth buying ...
Frodo-life
Frodo-life
Dec 11 2020
6.0
2.0
Dec 11 2020
2.0
Version: 6.0
supported app for many years, but not much new in recent updates with a quite steep $29 upgrade price I stick to version 5x
Funjoy
Funjoy
Dec 10 2020
6.0
5.0
Dec 10 2020
5.0
Version: 6.0
Just upgraded to v.6. All sorts of nice features, like being able to get around Apple's blocking of mail search, tag clouds, Recent Searches and more. Definitely worth the $19 upgrade price.
fallenflower
fallenflower
Sep 23 2023
6.4.1
1.0
Sep 23 2023
1.0
Version: 6.4.1
jsmako
jsmako
Dec 16 2021
6.1.9
1.0
Dec 16 2021
1.0
Version: 6.1.9
marcel52-1
marcel52-1
Dec 16 2021
6.1.9
1.0
Dec 16 2021
1.0
Version: 6.1.9
Ry-ma
Ry-ma
Dec 4 2021
6.1.8
3.0
Dec 4 2021
3.0
Version: 6.1.8
The_Blinded
The_Blinded
Oct 15 2021
6.1.6
5.0
Oct 15 2021
5.0
Version: 6.1.6
Hldwizard
Hldwizard
Feb 13 2021
5.0
Feb 13 2021
5.0
Version: null
xcoxco
xcoxco
Jan 10 2021
4.0
Jan 10 2021
4.0
Version: null
Frodo-life
Frodo-life
Dec 11 2020
2.0
Dec 11 2020
2.0
Version: null
Funjoy
Funjoy
Dec 10 2020
5.0
Dec 10 2020
5.0
Version: null
bobembry
bobembry
Jun 11 2020
5.0
Jun 11 2020
5.0
Version: null
Svenster
Svenster
Sep 25 2019
5.0
Sep 25 2019
5.0
Version: null
Macbookpro
Macbookpro
Jul 5 2019
5.0
Jul 5 2019
5.0
Version: null
Biox
Biox
Apr 19 2019
3.0
Apr 19 2019
3.0
Version: null
Pik80
Pik80
Apr 6 2019
5.0
Apr 6 2019
5.0
Version: null
Cyzor
Cyzor
Apr 5 2019
5.0
Apr 5 2019
5.0
Version: null
Ean
Ean
Apr 5 2019
4.5
Apr 5 2019
4.5
Version: null
Fariborz
Fariborz
Apr 4 2019
5.0
Apr 4 2019
5.0
Version: null
dwp-1
dwp-1
Apr 4 2019
5.0
Apr 4 2019
5.0
Version: null
Tedg
Tedg
Sep 22 2018
5.0
Sep 22 2018
5.0
Version: null
Ubucraig
Ubucraig
Sep 13 2018
5.0
Sep 13 2018
5.0
Version: null
Ckueny
Ckueny
Sep 11 2018
5.0
Sep 11 2018
5.0
Version: null
xflyhorse
xflyhorse
Jul 2 2018
5.0
Jul 2 2018
5.0
Version: null
LeMerlot
LeMerlot
Apr 17 2018
5.0
Apr 17 2018
5.0
Version: null
Morlo
Morlo
Sep 18 2017
2.5
Sep 18 2017
2.5
Version: null
Potatoes
Potatoes
Jul 1 2017
5.0
Jul 1 2017
5.0
Version: null
David-Stevens
David-Stevens
May 31 2017
5.0
May 31 2017
5.0
Version: null
Gilby101mu
Gilby101mu
Apr 15 2017
5.0
Apr 15 2017
5.0
Version: null
fearmore
fearmore
Aug 15 2016
5.0
Aug 15 2016
5.0
Version: null
sallywarren
sallywarren
Jan 6 2016
4.0
Jan 6 2016
4.0
Version: null
Mikenesmith
Mikenesmith
Dec 5 2015
5.0
Dec 5 2015
5.0
Version: null
Prof-T
Prof-T
Sep 16 2015
5.0
Sep 16 2015
5.0
Version: null
Cjf49622
Cjf49622
Mar 12 2015
5.0
Mar 12 2015
5.0
Version: null
StrictlyBagel
StrictlyBagel
Mar 2 2015
5.0
Mar 2 2015
5.0
Version: null
MacDev
MacDev
Feb 25 2015
3.0
Feb 25 2015
3.0
Version: null
Jytx
Jytx
Feb 23 2015
5.0
Feb 23 2015
5.0
Version: null
Kaidoh
Kaidoh
Feb 14 2015
5.0
Feb 14 2015
5.0
Version: null
Kp-gores
Kp-gores
Feb 14 2015
1.0
Feb 14 2015
1.0
Version: null
baxsur
baxsur
Feb 10 2015
5.0
Feb 10 2015
5.0
Version: null
j-jenkinsg
j-jenkinsg
Jan 5 2015
4.0
Jan 5 2015
4.0
Version: null
CharlesTheMacman
CharlesTheMacman
Aug 27 2014
3.0
Aug 27 2014
3.0
Version: null