Looking for a Linux program to locate files on an external drive. There are command line programs like grep. Recoll is a GUI option. Is there anything like Copernicus?

  • Can you add to your question the features of Copernicus you want? Commented Apr 1 at 20:37
  • Previewing the file, for one. Full-text file search, not just the name of the file. Restricting results to a particular file extension or creation date. The more options make it more likely to find the file. Copernicus is just one of the desktop search programs that does this; there's X1 for Windows, HoudahSpot for Mac.
    – user26732
    Commented Apr 2 at 4:09
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    Thanks. Can you add the details to the question, please? Commented Apr 2 at 4:17

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In Linux Mate desktop using caja file manager. Switch caja to display external drive (assuming it is mounted) and run search command in caja.


You could try DocFetcher.

  • it's like grep
  • it has GUI
  • it works with fulltext searches
  • it can restrict files based on e.g. extension
  • Does it index ntfs drives? Because there's a Windows version, I'd think it would, but I can't find anything in the FAQ.
    – user26732
    Commented May 4 at 21:12
  • Faster than looking in the docs would be downloading and trying. It may differ per system.
    – Destroy666
    Commented May 5 at 3:35

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