Find Any File
Find Any File
2.0

4.7

Find Any File free download for Mac

Find Any File

2.0
07 October 2019

Search your disks for files using various criteria.

Overview

Find Any File searches your local and network disks for files by name, creation or modification date, size or kind.

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 command), it does not access a pre-built database but searches the chosen volume directly. This allows you to find any file, even those inside packages and others excluded from Spotlight search. Hence it is great for finding system files, for example.

On the other hand, it may take a little longer than Spotlight, and it is only fast on HFS(+) volumes. But even on mounted network volumes of a Mac OS X server it can still be surprisingly fast.

Hence, this is not an entire replacement for Spotlight but it can come handy in certain, if not many, situations.

What's new in Find Any File

Version 2.0:
  • Is now a 64 bit application, ready for macOS 10.15 Catalina.
  • Rewritten from scratch for better overall performance.
  • Can now show results as soon as they're found.
  • New search rule for "Kind", i.e. to find images, audio, video or plain text files.
  • Can now search with regex (regular expressions).

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Aeschylus
30 December 2008

Most helpful

This little application IS much faster than EasyFind on my iMac G5. Wow -- much faster. Both programs always find the same number of files. The advantage for EasyFind is that it can exclude invisible files and avoid looking inside package contents. These would be valuable features for Find Any File, but *only* if it does not slow this speed demon down. It's a delight.
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Version 1.0.2
BrilorSoftware
14 October 2019
Totally indispensable and my goto finding app. Congrats on the 64-bit update! No small accomplishment.
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Version 2.0
Amcarter3
08 October 2019
Great app. And, I'm confused now... the developer says "Version 2.0 is a 64 bit application, ready for macOS 10.15 Catalina. However, my System Report (from OS 10.14.6) shows this app as a NON-64 Bit App that will not work with Catalina. Has anyone upgraded yet and determined IF this app actually does or does NOT work with Catalina?
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Version 2.0
1 answer(s)
BrilorSoftware
BrilorSoftware
14 October 2019
In the System Report, look for the "Software" section and then click on "Applications". It should bring up a list of applications after thinking for a little bit. There should be a column in the table of apps labeled "64-bit". Sort this column and Find Any File shows as "YES".
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Version 2.0
Andrewrodney
07 October 2019
Great, fast little application and now 64-bit, excellent.
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Version 2.0
Jamesehale
07 October 2019
download link is for V1.93, a 32 bit version.
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Version 2.0
1 answer(s)
Thomas Tempelmann
Thomas Tempelmann
07 October 2019
Thanks for pointing it out. Fixed now.
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Version 2.0
Dellu
16 April 2019
Good for APFS drives; not so great for HFS(+) drives. I end up using both EAsyFind and Find Any File because the latter is slower on HFS drives.
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Version 1.9.3
Id-Ego-SuperEgo
14 March 2019
…Addendum: A request to the developer. When copying and pasting the size data in bytes from the Info pane in Finder (to look for files of byte-for-byte identical size, for instance), the dot(s) (as, in, "1.832.745.521 bytes", for instance) don't automatically get parsed (if that's the right term), into a format that Find Any File recognises (i.e., don't get translated into a dot-less format), thus necessitating a manual deletion of the dot(s) on the user's part. When working with large quantities of files, deleting every dot in the search bar becomes a bit of a chore. Another suggestion would be to expand the scope of search options with more criteria, such as "file type" (i.e., a document, an image, an audio or a video file, an email, a PDF, etc.), rather than only "Is / Isn't a Folder" alone. Other than these two shortcomings (that I can think of out of My head), the app is very useful and well implemented!
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Version 1.9.3
2 answer(s)
Thomas Tempelmann
Thomas Tempelmann
06 October 2019
Please try the new version 2.0 - it should handle the dots now by ignoring them.
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Version 1.9.3
Thomas Tempelmann
Thomas Tempelmann
06 October 2019
Version 2 also has a new rule for "Kind" (image, audio, video) - I'm adding more types on request. PDF can simply be searched with "ends in .pdf", though, and would be fast that way.
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Version 1.9.3
Id-Ego-SuperEgo
12 March 2019
A very useful utility that works to expectation. One thing I needed it for in particular (I'm sure, this app's utility is vastly greater than the purpose I availed of yesterday, and I believe, I'll utilise its other features soon, as well) - is listing all the invisible files across a number of subfolders (a few hundreds) in a certain folder. I tried free alternatives - iFileX would crash even before the Ui would pop up. Relaunched the app a few times - same story. Uninstalled. Tried EasyFind: the app does not allow to choose to include or to exclude extensions or even specify that the files I'm looking for, should have names starting with a ".". I wonder how they got to version 4.9.3 without incorporating such basic features. Tried HoudahSpot in demo mode, as I had bought a license (which turns out to be long expired) in a bundle a few years ago: this one has the function, but it doesn't work! Shows no results. Tembo - same story as the EasyFind, just in a slightly better interface and it isn't free: the property is missing altogether. Went back and bought a Find Any File license - the best utility of the kind for macOS bar none! Much more reasonably priced than the ridiculously overpriced HoudahSpot, as well. Highly recommended! The search results window may, at first sight, look a bit basic, but it does have drag-and-drop support (plays well with the Finder and 3rd party apps!), Quick Look, various View Options, item count, an option to include or exclude hidden files, etc. 5 stars out of 5! No reservations in recommending it!
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Version 1.9.3
neartheredrocks
15 December 2018
The one star in this review is just to counter the hyped-up anti-EasyFind reviews here. No doubt that Find Any File finds (almost) everything on a hard drive.

Howevver, in all of my about 10 tests in which I ran EasyFind and Find Any File next to each other both applications finished almost simultaneously, being not even a second apart.

And, guess what - Easyfind found in ALL searches exactly one file more than Find Any File. Why? Because Find Any File does not include the little "faf" files that it creates for each search in its results. I don't know about anybody else but in my book that clearly and indisputably means that it does not find "any" file, just "almost any" file.

One other thing: Although I had in my searches defined that I do NOT want to have package contents included in the results Find Any File showed them initially in its results, making me initially belief that it had indeed found more files than EasyFind. I actually would not rule out that the Find Any File maker wants this to happen so that his (not free) applications looks better than the (free) EasyFind.

Here some of my search terms: teamviewer, indesign, carbon, splashtop, lazy, solar, nzb, xls. All searches were done on a "Mac OS Extended (Journaled)" hard drive; I can not say how the applications compare on APFS drives.

Conclusion: The free utility EasyFind finds as many files as as the not so free utility Find Any File; both utilities search with the same speed.
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Version 1.9.3
7 answer(s)
artie505
artie505
29 December 2018
Those .faf files are specifically excluded from FAF's search results, because they're the search itself, and there's no need for them to be "found".

My FAF/EF tests were made in Mojave, and if I remember correctly, High Sierra, and I went looking for an EF alternative only after I got tired of waiting for it to complete its interminable searches.

EF hasn't been updated since Mavericks (July 2014), doesn't promise 64 bit support as does FAF, and is like lightening on my APFS volume despite the dev's statement that " it is only fast on HFS(+) volumes".

In addition, I believe there has been a recent change in the OS that enables FAF to be faster than EF, and EF reviews other than mine mention the same slowness I've seen.

In which versions of macOS have you tested FAF?

Your one star review is out of order, because FAF is a 5 star app under any circumstances; a comment would have been appropriate.
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neartheredrocks
neartheredrocks
30 December 2018
I admit that I am a strange person. For me "any file" means ANY file and not ALMOST ANY file.

On the other hand - who are you to decide for me for which files on my (!) hard drive "there's no need" to find them? And why do you think you can trash EasyFind (with your words and from your hard drive) while I should not give a one-star review for this application?

I don't question that Find Any File is faster than EasyFind on APFS drives but for me completeness is many times more important than speed, and in that category EasyFind is better than Find Any File.
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artie505
artie505
30 December 2018
Sorry for not being specific.

My response to your comment about .faf files is a paraphrase of the developer's response when I questioned him about FAF not finding them while EF does; it's he who sees no need for FAF to find them.

If you've got a problem with that, I suggest that you email him and explain that it compromises the credibility of his app.

Oh, and you've overlooked telling us in which version of OS X/macOS you found FAF and EF to be equally fast. (If it was in the same versions in which I"ve found EF to be considerably slower than FAF I'd like to rerun my tests with your search terms.)

My trashing EF was in conjunction with giving it its own 2 star review, which it's new slowness and having fallen so far behind the times warrant.

On the other hand, though, while you're certainly entitled to hang your hat on your complaint, it's not a "1 star" deal breaker; 4 stars - i.e. "1 star off for not finding itself" - would have made your point.
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artie505
artie505
31 December 2018
As a matter of fact, Devontechnologies, EasyFind's developer, thinks highly enough of Find Any File to recommend it on their own website. <https://www.devontechnologies.com/products/freeware.html>

"Alternative: Feel free to have a look at Thomas Tempelmann's Find Any File. In contrast to EasyFind you'll get a hierarchical result list, you can search as "root" user, search after date ranges and file sizes, and save searches and re-run them later."
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Id-Ego-SuperEgo
Id-Ego-SuperEgo
12 March 2019
Try finding files with filenames starting with a dot exclusively with EasyFind. EasyFind, as far as I know, can't even distinguish between a dot in a filename and an extension dot. Missing this function dispels the utility of EasyFind. EasyFind might be of limited utility pre-SpotLight, but now it's fairly useless.
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Dellu
Dellu
16 April 2019
I also find EasyFind much faster on sHFS(+) drives.
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Thomas Tempelmann
Thomas Tempelmann
06 October 2019
Version 2 solves this, BTW, by not using .faf files any more for remembering the recent searches any more. Instead, it now remembers them through the preferences, so there's no need for FAF to skip its own .faf files inside its data folder any more.
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Version 1.9.3
artie505
29 September 2018
I've used and loved EasyFind for years, but Find Any File leaves it in the dust! It's more than10 (Yep, ten!) times faster and offers multiple GUIs as opposed to EasyFind's one, its results are dynamically configurable, and it even shows trashed items in real time. I asked EasyFind about an update e few months ago and was told that it was coming but was very low priority; I just trashed it. Goodbye, old friend.
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Version 1.9.3
DragonMaster
19 September 2018
Absolutely nothing better! If you need to find something, anything on your drive there is no better tool, period! Also, the developer actually will respond to you directly and quickly for any issue, concern or suggestion. If you don't have this app...why not?
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Version 1.9.3
$6.00

4.7

App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • OS X 10.11.0 or later
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