Find Any File
By Thomas Tempelmann
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Unhappy with Spotlight? Find every file on any of your disks, including those usually hidden. Fast and precisely.
• Ever lost a file whose name you partially remember, now lost on your disks?
• Want to see which files got changed in the last 5 minutes?
• Looking for files on an external or network disk?
• Uninstall a sticky app, trying to find all its hidden files?
Find Any File (FAF) is the perfect tool for these tasks.
••• Please Note: For some users, the app takes very long to start.
••• I may have a fix, but it needs verification first.
••• If you have the issue, please contact me (see my website link on the right).
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 and size. Not text inside files, though, see note below.
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 always as fast as Spotlight, but it usually only takes a few seconds to locate all searched items on a disk.
•• Note ••
FAF does not search file content - for that simply use Spotlight (whose results can be enhanced with Tembo, also available in this store).
Also, check out EasyFind, a free alternative to Find Any File, which can look into every file to search for text. It has quite a different user interface which you might prefer over FAF's retro look.
•• Here's what users say about FAF ••
“FAF goes where Spotlight's can't easily reach. Not only that, the search results are nicely listed just as in Finder's hierarchical (flipping triangles) folder view or as a single list as in Finder with sortable columns for name, size, kind, and modification date.”
“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 1.8.9
• File Icons are fully opaque again.
• Makes sure windows appear on-screen when an external monitor gets detached.
• Fixes an issue where refreshing the Results takes an unusually long time.
• Solves an issue with OSX 10.10.2 where opening more than six items failed.
• When searching a "slow" volume, its name is displayed in the Find window again.
• Fixes issues with deleting items on a network volume.
• If the command "Delete Immediately" or "Move to Trash" fails, an error message is displayed.
• Deleting symlinks doesn't instead delete their destination any more.
• Switching between flat and tree views now preserves the selection even if more than one item is selected.
• The shortcuts Cmd-Shift-C and Cmd-Opt-C work again.
• Fix for OSX 10.9 and later: Changing an item's Label removes all other Tags previously set on that item.
• Fixes a few rare crash cases.
If you are updating, please leave a review or at least rate the app here in the Store to let others know of its usefulness.