I'd love to have a tool that creates an index for documents in a windows network folder. I'm looking for a client-side only solution.

The index should contain the filenames and file content for common formats (like docx and pdf).

Any additional text mining and key word visualization features are welcome, too.

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    I'd love a general filesystem indexing application. It'd be nice if I could search an index of all of my not-currently-connected external hard drives. – Kenny Evitt Feb 5 '14 at 16:36
  • I never thought to ask, but as my answer has no net upvotes, and there are no other answers currently, by "indexing" did you mean an index of document (file) names or, as I assumed, did you mean an index of the (text) contents of documents (files)? – Kenny Evitt Feb 18 '14 at 19:52
  • Well, actually your answer has +1/-1 votes. I left the question open in hope of another candidate. – Jens Piegsa Feb 18 '14 at 20:15
  • Other phrases for this kind of software are "disk cataloger", "disk catalog software", and "disk catalog organizer". I'm looking for one to use myself now. – Kenny Evitt Mar 2 '14 at 0:06
  • @KennyEvitt: Please let me know about your progress and feel free to suggest an edit about the additional terms. – Jens Piegsa Mar 2 '14 at 7:23

DocFetcher will do what you specified.

There are native Windows and Mac OS versions, as well as a portable version that should work on any platform for which Java is available.

On Windows, you can index a network folder either as a mapped drive or via its UNC path.

I don't think it has any "text mining" or "key word visualization" features itself. But it's built on Apache Lucene, so I'd imagine you could use other tools with the indexes that DocFetcher creates.

The source code is freely available and licensed under the Eclipse Public License, tho the project website states "Please note that due to lack of time we currently have no plans to extend DocFetcher in any significant way.".


You can still use Google Desktop to do this; you can download it here from Softonic. Just add the network drive in the list of Search Locations under the Desktop Search options.

You can also find numerous plugins for indexing different types of files. Larry's Any Text File Indexer is great for indexing text files like code files that don't have a .txt extension.

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    A late thanks on that! Since GDS is discontinued since 2011, it does not tend to be the best candidate for a long-term solution. – Jens Piegsa Feb 13 '14 at 7:20
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    Unfortunately, I've never found any alternatives – and I've looked! – Kenny Evitt Feb 13 '14 at 12:31

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