Find File
Find File
0.3

4.8

Find File free download for Mac

Find File0.3

28 December 2008

System search tool like System 7 Find File.

Overview

Note: Find File is no longer under development, and it is no longer available for download.

Find File... Like System 7's Find File feature. More comprehensive results than Spotlight for finding-by-name

No frills, just does one thing and does it well. Free!

Note: Only searches HFS/HFS+ local volumes

What's new in Find File

Version 0.3:
  • Fixes crash during search
  • Supports dragging from items found

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30 Reviews of Find File

Jcmdesign
25 December 2008
Version: 0.1

Most helpful

Says "Platform: Intel" however it runs fine on my PPC G5, and is so much faster than Spotlight.
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hwgray
30 April 2018
Version: 0.3
Still working like a charm: macOS High Sierra10.13.5 Beta.
(1)
hwgray
28 February 2018
Version: 0.3
Still working like a charm: macOS High Sierra10.13.4 Beta.
(0)
Abn0038
15 October 2016
Version: 0.3
Has started to crash every search, may need to find something newer.
El Capitan v10.11.6
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hwgray
20 May 2016
Version: 0.3
Still working like a charm: OS X El Capitan v10.11.5.
(0)
Uncoy
17 March 2016
Version: 0.3
Simple, flawless. Exposes the old Finder search by file name and does it well. A quick pro tip: drag Find File into a Finder window menu bar for instant access everywhere. I've used this from Leopard through Yosemite with never an issue, including any ugly display bugs. This is what clean coding looks like.
(1)
hwgray
28 January 2016
Version: 0.3
Still working like a charm: OS X v10.11.4 beta. It makes you wonder what this utility might have become, had it been developed even as far as v1.0b. Naturally, there's a catch. FF finds every possibly-relevant file, so a certain amount of weeding-out may be necessary. But, since the finds can be in either Alphabetical or Date Modified order, for me, there's no problem.
(0)
5
placasa
10 December 2014
Version: 0.3
Excellent. One of the best utilities that I've found
(1)
4.5
Robin-Ray
21 June 2014
Version: 0.3
Blimey! Wonderful! The only way to find all the bits Logmein scatters all over the place! And shows them in finder so you can zapp the little beggars. I've virtually given up on Spotlight as it will say it can't find a file when, to test it, I've got it sitting there on the desktop right in front of me... .John R Chang, you are my hero.
(2)
4.5
hwgray
30 December 2013
Version: 0.3
This is still working in MAVERICKS. Pro: It will find *everything*! It you need to find _something_, but you have only the vaguest idea what it is and/or where it is, Find File will find it, whatever it is, wherever it is. Con: it will find *everything*! Unless you can specify *precisely* what it is that you're looking for, Find File will find _everything_ that contains the search-string, so that you may get *thousands* of hits. But, there have been several occasions when I've been desperate enough not to care. If you've ever been in that situation, then this is definitely what you need. Besides, seeing all of the possibilities just may trigger the memory-synapse that holds the precise name of what you're looking for. Then you're in business. You never know.
(1)
5
hwgray
08 January 2012
Version: 0.3
In Lion !0.7.2, I have thrice successfully found an invisible, .keylemon folder that KeyLemon had installed into the Share folder in Drop-fxcking-Box, for God's sake! And this invisible file alone has all of the code necessary to lock you out of computer just as easily as the full installation can! And it does it from inside DropBox! It even has the power to resurrect itself from a Secure Empty Trash!
(0)
5
Kevenly
01 December 2011
Version: 0.3
I gave this five stars based on two criteria. It's FREE, and it WORKS. It's very spartan, but it works. It finds all that stuff that Spotlight does not, since Spotlight only searches particular parts of your hard drive. Looking for junk in your system folder that Spotlight will never show you? Find File will turn up all that stuff. I hate spotlight because it never locates what I'm after. I can do a folder search in Spotlight and type a text string that is in the title of a file right in the folder and it will say no results. This app finds everything.
(1)
5
hwgray
24 August 2011
Version: 0.3
It STILL works like a charm, even with 10.7.1 Lion!
(0)
freevito
01 January 2011
Version: 0.3
Find File searches your whole computer for an item whose name contains (whatever you enter as the search query). That's it. No other choices or search parameters available. No preferences to set, no view settings to adjust. You can filter the results of your search (by name), but that's all. If that's the kind of search you want to do, Find File does a good job, and it includes hidden files in the search results. This is commentary only; I'm not going to rate this app, because I probably won't use it much. I don't often need to search my entire computer, which has three boot volumes and one data volume--all for different purposes. I usually know which one of those volumes I want to search, and I don't need to search the others. So, for most purposes, I prefer a search app that lets me specify the directory I want to search. Nevertheless, I can't find any fault with Find File. It's free, it's FAST, it does exactly what it claims to do, and it does it well. If you need a free search application that provides more features, try Find Any File or EasyFind.
(1)
5
Buligwyf
26 July 2010
Version: 0.3
Clean, clear and simple. The best of this category that I have used so far. Use it together with iTrash to confirm that all files are found. A Mac application in the best sense of the word:)
(1)
5
Uncoy
31 December 2009
Version: 0.3
Superb. You have your Mac Find File feature back, without all the beachball spinning of the incredibly slow DEVON EasyFind Very similar features to FindAnyFile but FindFile is wrapped in Cocoa instead of RealBasic and seems faster on its feet. Thanks John R. Chang for this wrapper! PS. Please put up a website and a donation button.
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Piecemaker
13 April 2009
Version: 0.3
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Roro01
19 March 2009
Version: 0.3
An option to include/exclude package contents is missing. Many of us are not interested in looking for files inside these packages.
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5
Algos
02 February 2009
Version: 0.3
Great little application. I find myself using it quite a lot. The only thing which would make it perfect is Quick Look support for the files you have found!
(0)
Tingting
01 January 2009
Version: 0.3
Totally cool. I dislike Leopard Spotlight immensely because I can't find the files I want to when deleting an app or finding a pref file. This finally brings back ease to searching on a Mac. I do wish it remembered my preferred window size whenever it opened a window though. I have to resize every time.
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Aikousha
30 December 2008
Version: 0.3
Get this to work like (or add features that will allow it to) the file search under 10.3 and it will be perfect. Spotlight is practically useless as a "file"-search utility, Apple knows this, have since the first days of 10.4, and they just ignore the thousands of complaints. Blows my mind why they don't just port the routines to an app, and provide it to users.
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5
Hodagacz
29 December 2008
Version: 0.3
So fast it makes Spotlight look like a gimpy snail (not difficult I know). A really wonderful and FREE piece of kit.
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Arvidtp
29 December 2008
Version: 0.3
This program just helped me fix a months old problem with iDVD by locating for me every file with iDVD in the name - so I found iDVD's cache files in /Library/Caches, trashed them, and now buttons in iDVD work correctly! This utility now has a place in my finder window toolbar right next to the spotlight search field.
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Surfspirit
29 December 2008
Version: 0.3
It seems a rip off of the Easy Find, even the icon used to be the Easy Find icon, even way, Easy Find is lot better, with boolean searches and is also FREE!
(0)
libecchio
29 December 2008
Version: 0.3
This is better than Spotlight, which is not hard, and even Path Finder's search, which is surprising. I thought the second was unbeatable, but this one finds everything - often several times more items. And it is more usable - the breadcrumb list at the bottom is a nice touch. It would be useful if a double-click on a folder could be configured to either open in Finder or open in Path Finder (or any other Finder replacement?); that would integrate everything nicely.
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5
Bruseth
28 December 2008
Version: 0.2
Very nice app. Very fast too. The original version crashed when I tried to use it. I emailed the author the crash log, and about an hour later he emailed me back with a new version that works great. Thanks for the fine app. Keep up the good work.
(3)
Neal
27 December 2008
Version: 0.2
Crashed the very first time I used it. Sent crash report to Apple
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5
Arvidtp
27 December 2008
Version: 0.2
Excellent little app! Great for finding files in /Library or ~/Library.
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Knowhowe
26 December 2008
Version: 0.1
Great little piece of efficient nostalia that does what it says really well and takes up hardly any space. I'll be using this a lot. Thanks!
(3)
Jcmdesign
25 December 2008
Version: 0.1
Says "Platform: Intel" however it runs fine on my PPC G5, and is so much faster than Spotlight.
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-M-S-
25 December 2008
Version: 0.1
I've been looking for something like this for a while; Spotlight under 10.5 is really annoying to use when you're just searching file names. I just wish this allowed a little more interaction with the results... i.e. letting you drag/drop from the results list to move a file to a different folder, or allowing you to move files to the trash directly.
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