Find Any File
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Search your disks for files using various criteria.   Shareware ($6.00)
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Find Any File searches your local disks for files by name, creation or modification date, size, or type and creator code (not by content, though).

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.
What's New
Version 1.8.8:
  • No more crash when using "Find All" on OS X 10.9 Mavericks.
  • Shows new Tags instead of Label in OS X 10.9 Mavericks.
  • Searching "in Finder selection" now also works if folder in Finder is open with nothing selected in it.
  • When nothing is found, a notification is shown (OS X 10.8 and later).
  • Dragging found files to a Finder window of the same volume moves them again.
  • Dragging a file into a search field enters the file's name again, not its entire path.
  • Does not consume excessive CPU time any more when showing results.
  • Prevents an occasional crash when moving items to the Trash.
Version 1.8.8:
  • No more crash when using "Find All" on OS X 10.9 Mavericks.
  • Shows new Tags instead of Label in OS X 10.9 Mavericks.
  • Searching "in Finder selection" now also works if folder in Finder is open with nothing selected in it.
  • When nothing is found, a notification is shown (OS X 10.8 and later).
  • Dragging found files to a Finder window of more...
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.6 or later





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Find Any File User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 1.x:
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bumper314 reviewed on 28 Dec 2013
Spotlight is nice, when it works, but there's always a need for very specific, scoped searching like Find Any File (FAF) provides.

FAF is necessarily slow as it looks at files as-need, instead of looking at an index like Spotlight. I prefer this as FAF isn't always running in the background taking up resources like Spotlight's mds process. And since I have an SSD, searching is pretty darn fast with FAF anyways.

I mostly use FAF for stuff that Spotlight won't do, like searching inside bundles (applications, frameworks, plugins, etc) to find icons and sounds that Spotlight won't find. Also, FAF has QuickLook, so I can easily see files right in these search results.

I usually start by casting a wide net with my FAF searches, then I further filter the results that come up by file extension. Very handy.

Overall, I find myself using FAF twice a week or so. It's just nice to know I have it when Spotlight isn't behaving.
[Version 1.8.8]


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Unblocktheplanet reviewed on 19 Dec 2013
Well, I still don't get it. Yes, Spotlight sucks. But any search utility SHOULD work like Google. Search function should be at least as intuitive as Mac.
[Version 1.8.8]


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+40

Robio reviewed on 13 Dec 2013
I've been using this app ever since Apple crippled search with Spotlight. I've tried competitors from time to time, but always come back to Find Any File. I have it set up to launch using a universal keystroke (CNTRL+OPT+CMD+F), and use it several times a week. The only time I use Spotlight is when I need to search content, and I rarely do that.

It's worth every penny of it's totally reasonable price. Love it.
[Version 1.8.8]


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Alexfotoland reviewed on 13 Dec 2013
Best!
Spotlight refuses to search ~/Library/Preferences
Find Any File searches!
OS 10.8.5
[Version 1.8.8]


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+3

M31 reviewed on 06 Dec 2013
The best search app I have found for the mac. I like the interface of EasyFind better, but when I tried using it it found every file except the main .app file. Find Any File finds them all.
[Version 1.8.8]


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Unblocktheplanet reviewed on 24 Nov 2013
Sheesh! I don't know where you guys are coming from. Mac's search ability is the OS' Achilles heel.

Even when I know the exact name, Spotlight, or these third-party alternatives, never bring it to the top of the results list.
[Version 1.8.8]

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Robio replied on 13 Dec 2013
Sounds like you should contact the developer for help. I've never once not been able to find a file using this app — which I've been doing for many, many years.
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Thomas Tempelmann (developer) replied on 19 Dec 2013
May you're using FAF wrong: You cannot enter arbitrary search terms like you're used from Google or Spotlight. So, do not try to enter multiple search words unless you use the "matches pattern" search criterium with it. Example: 'Name' - 'contains' - 'invoice 2010' finds only files that have exactly "invoice 2010" as written somwhere in their name. If you want to find files that have both words _anywhere_ in their name (such as "my 2010 invoices.pdf"), use TWO criteria, each with 'Name' - 'contains', entering each term separately. That will find all files that match BOTH criteria then.
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Infinite-Loop reviewed on 16 Nov 2013
Find Any File is by far the best file search utility in my opinion. It is the only app that seems to properly return results that include invisible and system files. I have tried both HoudaSpot and Tembo. Because both of those apps use spotlight indexes, their results are just as limited as those from spotlight.
[Version 1.8.8b5]


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+105

siamlotus reviewed on 09 Nov 2013
A must have app. for finding or uninstalling anything on your Mac.
[Version 1.8.8b4]

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ric0ric replied on 14 Nov 2013
Absolutely. Even when I use an app like AppDelete I find some items can get left behind. Searching in Find Any File lets me locate vestigial items even in hidden folders etc. Dragging them to the trash (in 1.8.8b5 and later) is the simplest way I know of getting rid of them. n.b. in 1.8.8b4 this can lead to an error warning)
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Jazzyguy commented on 05 Nov 2013
The terminal command to insure that root is always in is simple and easy to do as the Developer explained everything in the Help section.
[Version 1.8.8b3]


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+21

Abramurkwian reviewed on 04 Nov 2013
Great little app, highly recommended.
[Version 1.8.8b3]


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Macguruguy had trouble on 05 Nov 2011
Starts very slowly on first launch in Lion.
[Version 1.6.1]

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Thomas Tempelmann (developer) replied on 06 Nov 2011
You're not the first to report that. I wonder what's going on there. Is this recurring, e.g. if you reboot the Mac, does it happen again?
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Macguruguy replied on 09 Nov 2011
Yes, it is always slow to boot on the very first launch after rebooting.
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Thomas Tempelmann (developer) replied on 09 Nov 2011
If you contacted me by email directly (tt@tempel.org) I could send you a version of FAF that outputs some timing information for me. Then I might be able to figure out what's going on.
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PieceMaker had trouble on 13 Apr 2009
I was keen to try this but it seems the download links (both here and on the developer's website) are dead.

Guess i'll have to wait till/if it goes live again...
[Version 1.1.2]

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Thomas Tempelmann (developer) replied on 13 Apr 2009
The download site I used was down since Apr 7 and only today (Apr 13) someone contacted me telling that it was down. Funny detail: It was a Windows user.
Download links should be up and running again.

sir79ius rated on 16 Dec 2013

[Version 1.8.8]



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Mountabe rated on 09 Nov 2013

[Version 1.8.8b4]



+26

Runtime rated on 25 Sep 2013

[Version 1.8.7b7]



+4

IngeMortier3516 rated on 21 Jun 2013

[Version 1.8.6]



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Jelswort rated on 13 May 2013

[Version 1.8.6]



-4

Ollejah rated on 24 Jul 2012

[Version 1.8.4]



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Cjbolland rated on 25 May 2012

[Version 1.8.3]



-1

Chealion rated on 23 May 2012

[Version 1.8.3]



+18

neeklamy rated on 30 Mar 2012

[Version 1.8]



+16

Plotzenhots rated on 26 Feb 2012

[Version 1.7.2]


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Type:Utilities : File Management
License:Shareware
Date:18 Nov 2013
Platform:Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $6.00
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Find Any File searches your local disks for files by name, creation or modification date, size, or type and creator code (not by content, though).

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.


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