HoudahSpot
HoudahSpot
6.0.3

3.7

HoudahSpot free download for Mac

HoudahSpot6.0.3

15 January 2021

Advanced file-search tool.

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 HoudahSpot

Version 6.0.3:

HoudahSpot 6.0 is a paid upgrade from previous versions. Licenses purchased on or after June 1, 2020 upgrade for free. Learn more about new features in HoudahSpot 6.0

Fixes:
  • Fixes a bug where excluding ~/Library also excluded results from Mail searches
  • Fixes a possible crash when grouping search results by volume name or by kind

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115 Reviews of HoudahSpot

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5
Funjoy
10 December 2020
Version: 6.0

Most helpful

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.
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4
xcoxco
10 January 2021
Version: 6.0.1
Great app. Well worth buying ...
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2
Frodo-life
11 December 2020
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
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5
Funjoy
10 December 2020
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.
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5
bobembry
11 June 2020
Version: 5.1.2
Very useful !!! ★★★★★ Give it a try
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DRNash
16 May 2020
Version: 5.1.1
Link is still to vesrion 5.1 - MacUpdate, you can't just tack the current version number on to the end of the previous version and expect it to be the new version (the file available from MacUpdate is "HoudahSpot_latest_5.1.1.zip", but decompesses to give the 5.1 version from 14 April) - this is happending far too often these days - MacUpdate you need to invest in some quality control.
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5
Svenster
25 September 2019
Version: 5.0.9
Another reason not to use Apple Mail. HoudahSpot is much more efficient at what it can do than Apple Mail is or ever has. Perhaps Mail might be able to search its own database in Catalina. Now that would be useful and a first for Mail.
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5
Macbookpro
05 July 2019
Version: 5.0.6
This is the app to go to first when you are looking for that hard to find file that you know is on the hard drive somewhere. It is an essential tool that saves a ton of searching time. Do watch the tutorial created by ScreenCastsOnline as suggested on the Houdah Spot tips and tricks page.
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3
Biox
19 April 2019
Version: 5.0.2
Two stars removed because file listings are messed up and getting this right is fundamental. For example: file attributes shown for a file may be wrong and actually be the attributes of another file in the same folder that's next in lexicographical sort order; or a file may be shown as being a folder when it's just an ordinary file. I love the speed at which it produces errors though! ;-)
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5
Pik80
06 April 2019
Version: 5.0
Version five is another fantastic major update like like version four. FINALLY includes the Adobe Bridge "compact mode" which is by far the best feature from that program. I suggested they incorporate that feature into the program nearly a decade ago because it was such a good idea for being able to drop files into programs particularly layout software. Now that some people are leaving Adobe these days that feature becomes all the more important. Lets hope that same feature makes it's way into the developer's other search tool "Tembo" as well. Other notable features are dark mode and the ability to now add tags in the right column. Version four didn't let you add tags as easily.
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4.5
Ean
05 April 2019
Version: 5.0
Version 5 as a solid upgrade. Overall the app is faster and I've only begun to scratch the surface of the new features. For example I haven't tried the DefaultFolder integration but a looking forward to it. The only thing that bothers me at this point is the new finder extension is not just a button, but a button that opens a menu with a single item in it. This is dumb. It should go back to just being a button unless there are some choices to be made.
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3.7

App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • macOS 10.14.0 or later
License: 
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