Find Any File
Find Any File
2.1.1

4.6

Find Any File free download for Mac

Find Any File

2.1.1
14 November 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 2.1.1:
  • Does not remove Volumes from Login Items anymore.
  • Fixes a crash when using the Preview Grid view.
  • Fixes a rare crash inside [SUUpdater checkForUpdatesInBackground] Version 2.1 (released 9 Nov 2019)
  • Fixes an issue where searching entire volumes could miss some items, especially on fast network volumes such as Helios AFP servers.
  • Fixes some Spotlight search issues on Synology NAS volumes (called Universal Search there).
  • Searching for text content with non-latin characters (such as the Cyrillic script) does not freeze the app any more.
  • The manual (see Help menu, "Documentation") has been much improved, explaining the search options in more detail.
  • The Edit commands "Copy" and "Copy Names" have been exchanged to match the Finder's commands better, now called "Copy" and "Copy Columns".
  • Fixed: When using the Service "FAF: Search Folder(s)" from the Finder, the search doesn't start on its own any more.
  • Fixes a crash when searching for dates.
  • English wording for some search rules has been updated to match Spotlight's.
  • File names are again painted in their Label colors as it was in version 1.
  • Brings back version 1's ability to search for Owner ID and Group ID (hold down the option key when clicking the "Name" popup).
  • Fixed: After moving or deleting files, FAF now always updates the results accordingly, even on network volumes.
  • Fixes a crash when sorting the column showing the full path.
  • Fixes a crash when using "Make Invisible".
  • Fixes searching "in Finder selection".
  • Brings back all Services in Context menu, like in version 1.
  • During QuickLook, using the cursor keys doesn't close the window anymore.
  • Fixes sorting of Kind column.
  • Completes missing localizations in French, Spanish and Portuguese.

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itasarah
23 October 2019

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I like this app a lot. I see it is 64 bit. I haven't gotten Catalina yet but if I do eventually, I hope this and my other favorite apps will work.
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Version 2.0
Andrewrodney
10 November 2019
This is a great little application, I find it vastly superior to the OS searches and happy it's 64-bit for the time when I do go Catalina. Well worth the $6.
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Version 2.1
jeffliddiard
05 November 2019
What is the purpose of Find Any File when Finder is already installed on my iMac? Thank you.
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Version 2.0
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jeffliddiard
jeffliddiard
05 November 2019
I meant too say Spotlight not Finder.
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Version 2.0
Sergesouszero
Sergesouszero
10 November 2019
FAF goes way beyond Spotlight. It can search and find files deeply hidden in macOS.
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Version 2.1
itasarah
23 October 2019
I like this app a lot. I see it is 64 bit. I haven't gotten Catalina yet but if I do eventually, I hope this and my other favorite apps will work.
Like (1)
Version 2.0
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
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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
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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