### This is Tembo 1.8. Users of OS X 10.10 Yosemite or newer, please search for Tembo 2 ###

Tembo is an efficient file search tool that is based upon the powerful Spotlight engine built into Mac OS X. Tembo finds files, folders, mail messages, bookmarks, images, etc.
Tembo makes finding files easy. Painless. Actually: enjoyable.

Tembo shows search results grouped by file type categories.
Initially the top 10 matches for each group are shown. Often enough you will find the sought for file right here.

The real power of Tembo is revealed when you drill down into a category.
Tembo provides you with context-appropriate filters. These help you sort through the list of up to 2500 results.

What filters are available?

- Bookmarks: Type, URL Domain
- Documents: File Type
- Fonts: File Type
- Images: Resolution, File Type
- Messages: Subject, From, To
- Movies: File Type, Codec
- Music: Artist, File Type
- PDF Documents: Author
- Source Code: File Type

Why use Tembo rather than Spotlight or the Finder?

- Grouped search results
- Up to 2500 results in each group
- Context-sensitive filters
- Easy to use interface 
- Find files faster 

Which files can Tembo find?

Tembo is based upon the Spotlight index and engine. Tembo can find any file indexed by Spotlight. This includes files in the Library folders, but excludes low level system files.

What's New

Version 1.8

### This is Tembo 1.8. Users of OS X 10.10 Yosemite or newer, please search for Tembo 2 ###

Ratings and Reviews

3.3 out of 5

7 Ratings

7 Ratings

Good product but the developer has better


While I like Tembo this developer makes a better search product called HoudahSpot. HoudahSpot is more powerful and gets updates on a more regular schedule. You won’t find it on the app store but I encourage you to hunt it down. Version 4 is especially good.

Tembo needs to have features like the Finder’s search tokens to be more powerful. More view options would also be good. Unfortunantly version 2 doesn’t add these features either.

would like one option


I rated it only 3 stars as I would like the option to “delete” a file from the app once I locate it and so far have not found an option to do that.

Easily the Best Search Tool I have used on Mac OS


Back in my PC days I used a search product called X1, and it is the thing I miss the most in making the switch to Mac.
Ever since I switched to a Mac in 2007 I have been looking for a great search tool that was fast, easy, powerful. I have been using Tembo for about 2 weeks and, for the Mac, it is easily the best tool I have used.
I have tried Houdaspot (way too complicated, with a nuisance sidebar), easyfind (slow, not that great), Find Any File (Great if you know the file name, but no content searching), and several more that I have forgotten about.
Get Tembo. It is very powerful and fast while being very easy.
Is it as good as X1? No, but it is pretty close.


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Age Rating
Rated 4+
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