HoudahSpot
HoudahSpot
5.0.7

4.7

HoudahSpot

HoudahSpot

5.0.710 July 2019

Advanced file-search tool.

HoudahSpot
$34.00
10 July 2019

4.7

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HoudahSpot

HoudahSpot

5.0.710 July 2019

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 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 builds upon Spotlight, which comes pre-installed with macOS. It helps you find the files you need:

  • Mails about a "CV" or "resumé" received this year
  • 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 5.0.7:
  • In preparation for macOS 10.15 Catalina, HoudahSpot recently started using the new "hardened runtime". Unfortunately, this broke things that went unnoticed during testing.
  • "Search current Finder window" could fail to access the path of the Finder window
  • Fixes a bug that prevented Text Preview from reading some third-party file formats
  • Fixes a crash in HoudahSpot > Preferences > Extensions

Requirements for HoudahSpot

  • macOS 10.13.0 or later

141 Reviews

Rate this app:

14 November 2009

Most helpful

I looked at this and it has a few cool features but it seems no one here has used the FINDER'S "Find" command nor ever looked at the "Other..." attributes options etc. MUCH of what this does can be done in the Finder and after looking at their web site and trying the program I came away thinking they've misrepresented what comes with EVERY Mac by way of searching because they seem to intentionally focus on Spotlight ignoring the FINDER'S "Find" command capabilities. For more info: http://www.peachpit.com/guides/content.aspx?g=mac&seqNum=196 You can add multiple criteria and using the "Other" operator find using even more meta data and even Save the search criteria for later use all built into the FINDER. Just a comment and FYI and not a "ding" on the application only pointing out your needs my be more than spotlight but less than what this offers and in that case the FINDER may work for you!
Like (7)
Version 2.5.10
05 July 2019
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.
Like (1)
Version 5.0.6
19 April 2019
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! ;-)
Like
Version 5.0.2
12 April 2019
Like
Version 5.0.1
06 April 2019
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.
Like (2)
Version 5.0
05 April 2019
Like
Version 5.0
05 April 2019
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.
Like (1)
Version 5.0
04 April 2019
There isn’t a single folder, file, word, etc that can go unnoticed once you install and use HoudahSpot. It quickly scans all your emails, documents for that tiny part of whatever you remember of that forgotten document hidden somewhere on your computer. It has saved me long hours of search for whatever name that has come to my mind. Amazing to put it mildly. Fariborz AMIRSHAHI - Verona (Italy)
Like (1)
Version 5.0
04 April 2019
I've lost track on how many years that I have been using HoudaSpot but I couldn't do without it. It has found files for me that would have possibly taken me days or weeks to locate manually. Ask it and if it is there, HoudaSpot **Will** find it. Best searching app I have ever used.
Like (1)
Version 5.0
08 October 2018
Wonderful... It has all features and options that someone would want from a search app! Very simple for a simple research, powerful options for advanced researches.
Like (2)
Version 4.3.9
22 September 2018
Use this several times a day. Wouldn't want to be without it.
Like (2)
Version 4.3.8
$34.00

4.7

Category:

Utilities

File Management

Developer Website:
DownloadPurchase nowMacUpdateInstall with MacUpdate

Downloaded & Installed 130,633 times

$34.00

4.7

Category:

Utilities

File Management

Developer Website:
DownloadPurchase nowMacUpdateInstall with MacUpdate

Downloaded & Installed 130,633 times

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141 Reviews

Rate this app:

14 November 2009

Most helpful

I looked at this and it has a few cool features but it seems no one here has used the FINDER'S "Find" command nor ever looked at the "Other..." attributes options etc. MUCH of what this does can be done in the Finder and after looking at their web site and trying the program I came away thinking they've misrepresented what comes with EVERY Mac by way of searching because they seem to intentionally focus on Spotlight ignoring the FINDER'S "Find" command capabilities. For more info: http://www.peachpit.com/guides/content.aspx?g=mac&seqNum=196 You can add multiple criteria and using the "Other" operator find using even more meta data and even Save the search criteria for later use all built into the FINDER. Just a comment and FYI and not a "ding" on the application only pointing out your needs my be more than spotlight but less than what this offers and in that case the FINDER may work for you!
Like (7)
Version 2.5.10
05 July 2019
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.
Like (1)
Version 5.0.6
19 April 2019
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! ;-)
Like
Version 5.0.2
12 April 2019
Like
Version 5.0.1
06 April 2019
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.
Like (2)
Version 5.0
05 April 2019
Like
Version 5.0
05 April 2019
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.
Like (1)
Version 5.0
04 April 2019
There isn’t a single folder, file, word, etc that can go unnoticed once you install and use HoudahSpot. It quickly scans all your emails, documents for that tiny part of whatever you remember of that forgotten document hidden somewhere on your computer. It has saved me long hours of search for whatever name that has come to my mind. Amazing to put it mildly. Fariborz AMIRSHAHI - Verona (Italy)
Like (1)
Version 5.0
04 April 2019
I've lost track on how many years that I have been using HoudaSpot but I couldn't do without it. It has found files for me that would have possibly taken me days or weeks to locate manually. Ask it and if it is there, HoudaSpot **Will** find it. Best searching app I have ever used.
Like (1)
Version 5.0
08 October 2018
Wonderful... It has all features and options that someone would want from a search app! Very simple for a simple research, powerful options for advanced researches.
Like (2)
Version 4.3.9
22 September 2018
Use this several times a day. Wouldn't want to be without it.
Like (2)
Version 4.3.8