Find Any File
By Thomas Tempelmann
Open the Mac App Store to buy and download apps.
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 hidden somewhere on your disk?
• Need to see what files got changed in the past 5 minutes?
• Want to find all the largest files on your disk?
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 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
•• 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 1.8.8
• Fixes a crash on OS X 10.9.
• Shows new Tags in OS X 10.9.
• Searching "in Finder selection" now also works when a folder is open without anything selected in it.
• 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.
Much much better than the Apple OSX search
Find any file is worth much more than the tiny $7.99 App store cost. My agency has been struggling more and more with each OSX update when searching through our 20 plus years worth of Mac digital archives. Mac used to have such a intuitive search, not so much anymore. Anyway, FAF is great and I applaud the developer for designing such a great search utility!
Solved Search Problems with Time Machine Disks
I needed to find a tool to search Time Machine Disks. My Spotlight would not allow the configuration. I downloaded this tool and it immediately found all the external drive Time Machine Disk files that I was previously unable to find.
The program did exactly what I expected it to do. It just worked.
While this is not a recovery app, it was able to find some .tmp files on the Mac for a 56-page document I had lost! I was able to convert them to a Word document, and I have the full file recovered! I am so relieved….so much so that I bought the app just to say thanks! I will definitely be using this again...