Find Any File (FAF)
By Thomas Tempelmann
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Unhappy with Spotlight because it does not find files that you know to be there? Use FAF to find every file on any of your disks, including those usually hidden. Fast and precisely.
• Recover a file whose name you partially remember?
• See what files got changed in the past 5 minutes?
• Find all the large files on your disk?
• Uninstall software that leaves files in hidden places where Spotlight doesn't look?
Find Any File (FAF) is the perfect tool for these tasks.
You can even search on disks that are not indexed by Spotlight, including server volumes.
Find Any File can find files that Spotlight doesn't, e.g. those inside bundles and packages, and inside system folders that are usually excluded from Spotlight search.
Contrary to Spotlight, it does not use a database but instead searches the data on disk directly. This lets you search for file properties such as name, creation and modification dates, file size, even plain text inside files.
Another useful feature is its hierarchical results view (see screenshots). It lets you view the found items within their respective folders, making it often much easier to browse through 100s of found items.
Finally, it is fast. Not as fast as Spotlight, but it usually only takes a few seconds to locate all searched items on a disk.
•• Note ••
FAF can not search file content other than plain (unformatted) text!
For searching text in Mails, Word and PDF documents, and similar files, Spotlight is still the best tool (whose results can be enhanced with Tembo, also available in the App Store).
•• Here's what users say about FAF ••
“FAF goes where Spotlight's can't easily reach.”
“As the administrator for about 50 school Macs, I often need to look for some file misplaced by a novice or, while troubleshooting a system, I often need to search for obscure operating system files. Find Any File is in my arsenal of tools when things files or folders go astray.”
“I use it when I want to find a specific kind of file or to see and eliminate or compare the double and redundant files. I surely use it 4-5 times a week.”
“I keep FAF as an icon in the toolbar of every Finder window. When I have to actually find something, I use FAF instead of the Finder.”
What's New in Version 1.9.1
Fixes a critical issue where searching APFS disks occasionally finished prematurely, not finding all files.
FAF Amazing App Lighting Fast
I’ve been using Easy Find for years however as of late my experrience using it with Sierra and HighSierra its become laggy, barely works literaly taking minutes to find a single items. I downloaded the trial version of FAF to try from the developers site after one test came back to purrchase it, it’s that good. After trying a dozen other highly touted alterrnatives I can say with cerrtainty there is nothing as good as this out there and at $8.00 it’s a no brainer. I have a hundred or more apps and I only write reviews on those I feel are exceptional this being one of them.
My Go To Finding App
I don’t know why I can’t understand how to use the built in OS X finding utility “Spotlight Search”, but when I want to find something either on my Mac or on network volumes, I use Find Any File. It works the way I expect it to, it’s fast, and it works. Did I already say that? It’s because it’s true.
This app is fast, clear, quick, and exhaustive (no file seems able to hide from it).