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Need file database that can search file filenames, metadata, and text content (e.g. PDFs)

I am looking to build a database of many files including PDF, XLSS, text, image, and other file formats. I need a way to search these files for content and metadata, while providing easy access to the ...
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Regular expression search for multiple files with summary for Regex groups

I have a lot of files to search (17000+). I would like to search the file content using a regular expression. Unlike all programs that I know until now, I don't want to get a list of files (there will ...
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Looking for multi-user server search software with shared index

I'm browsing similar questions here, and I remain inquisitive. I want software that creates a shared index of files on a server and allows end users to search using a simple interface for file name, ...
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classic-looking, Windows 10~8 style interface Windows search and more tool

I need a classic-looking, somewhat bare bone looking interface like in Windows 10~8 style (=buttons, ribbons), Windows ~XP search and more tool. because the search tool in the Windows 10 OS is lacking....
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Document upload, indexing and advanced search tool

We are currently looking for a tool that will be used in order to upload and index documents, extract or define metadata about these documents and perform advanced search (i.e. it must be able to ...
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Open source tool to read batch CSV files and output parameter results?

I am looking for a tool that could scan batch csv files and ensure that all preset parameters are accurately reflected in the output file. Essentially, scan batch CSV files, ensure the preset ...
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Most Comprehensive (Free or Paid) Full-Text Indexing Tools for Windows and Linux Desktop

Free is good, but I am willing to pay consumer prices (~$40) for a full-text search tool that does a thorough job with many filters. When I say "full-text," I don't mean Everything or other ...
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Sorting images (so they are viewable in windows' file explorer) by content similarity

I've been able to find a lot of similar questions, most on photos stackexchange, but I couldn't find any satisfactory answers. What I AM looking for: Sort/Rename images based on the similarity of the ...
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Linux photo manager with search capabilities for large photo collection

I'm looking for a Linux for a decent photo manager that will be able to work with local storage (NAS). Just a few requirements: index large photo/video collection (> 100k photos) search by EXIF ...
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Is there any way to get a list of corrupted document files either in Windows 10 or other software?

I mean docs, images, files with gibberish characters in them, etc. Not system files. I had an SSD which had some documents on. Without going into too much confusing detail, I ended up merging some ...
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Alternatives to windows file explorer

What are the good alternatives to the default File Explorer that Windows provides? The default File Explorer lacks many good features like Tabbed browsing Searching of files is horrible Any extra ...
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Portable duplicate file finder for Windows that makes it easy to add/remove folders to search

I am seeking recommendations for a duplicate file finder for Windows with the following features: Portable (no writing to registry or outside of its own folder) Easy to add/remove folders and ...
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Finding audio clips within audio files

I'm trying to do what seems like a very basic task but can't find any utilities that allow for this, including sox. I somewhat frequently clip audio fragments out of large audio files, which are ...
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Deleting empty directories

I never thought I'm gonna need such a program and always wondered how one can come into a situation where he has many empty folders and wants to delete them. Now, I'm in that situation: I have ...
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Recommendation for an automation application PLEASE READ DESCRIPTION

I have a database that stores HIPAA protected pdf files. It is a repository for all scanned documents performed by data entry staff at my organization for the legacy EMR we are phasing out. The DB ...
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Software to rename multiple files in ascending numerical order regardless of file type?

I want to take all my iphone images and videos and back them up in my google drive. I have all the files in chronological order, but there are gaps between most of their file numbers because I delete ...
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Use a low res image to find the high res version?

I have a low resolution image. I know that I have a higher resolution version somewhere on a backup drive. Is there any software that can use the low res image to find the high res version? Ideally, ...
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Software to find JPEG (JPG) photographs whose modified file timestamp does not match the stored Exif data

I recently discovered that the file modification timestamps on some of my photographs (stored as JPG/JPEG files) do not match the timestamps stored in their Exif data. This is odd, because I never ...
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Tool to search text or content inside images in Windows 10

I had seen this answer. Agent Ransack is used to search inside the files. Such as pdf, txt, doc and etc. But I have many images with texts, I want to search the keywords inside the images too. There ...
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Video library management

I was previously using iMovie to manage my video library until it was changed and wanted to make the library more internal than just managing files in folders. This is less than ideal. I’d also prefer ...
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How to find invisible srt file?

Just downloaded a movie and when I went to watch movie (foreign language) i turned on the subtitles however noticed there was no .srt subtitle file or any other file back in the folder in which the ...
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Software to make tree output humanly readable/browsable?

For backup purposes I run such tree commands: tree /f /a > tree.txt tree /a > treewof.txt It looks like this in the textfile (this is treewof, without file names, just folder names). | +---...
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GUI for searching the content of multiple large text files or PDFs?

I have a few dozen PDFs, each of which are very large. Specifically: These PDFs total to about 15GB. These PDFs are primarily scanned images of textual documents, but they do contain the text data (...
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Utility to search for text in a directory and display the matching lines as well as nearby lines

I currently use Agent Ransack to search for text in files in a directory. It will list all files containing that text in the left pane. If I click on one of those files, it will show all of the ...
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Command line tool to index and search by file size & other metadata

I have some filesystems, mostly ext (I'll include the various ext versions in that: ext2/3/4). I would like to be able to do indexed searches to find files by approximate size in addition to by other ...
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Tool to search for string exact matches in lots of files on hard-drive (10s of gigas). Is there something out there?

I'm looking for a tool that will allow me to run exact queries (and with this I mean searching for something like def main(s: Array[String]): Unit = {, containing any kind of symbols, over a set of ...
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Linux text editor with server-side search over SSH

I want a Linux programmer's text editor with the possibility to search in a directory on remote server over SSH (I assume that the editor should call grep on the remote host and parse grep output.) ...
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Regex File Content Scanner with Capturing Groups

I am looking for a UI tool that scans files (filtered by file name patterns, maybe also regular expressions) in a given directory (tree) for occurrences of a given regular expression and displays ...
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Tool to search my disk for trimmed mp3s with unexpected ending

It should find short mp3s with a loud unexpected ending (e.g. incomplete downloads). It would be good to have also a feature there to fade out track ends in a batch. It must be free or for low ...
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Indexed file search like Everything for Android wanted

I want to get a file from my Android smartphone without knowing where it was saved. I know the filename. On Windows I would use Everything and would have the file immediately since the hard drive is ...
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Alternative to Whereisit for Mac

I'm looking for an alternative to Whereisit on Windows to index my files and folders to a filetype and be able to browse the snapshot of the indexed files later. Please could someone suggest an ...
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Need help finding a specific directory printing program

I used to have this program that would print a list of folders into a txt document like so (little lines included): 01 Recipes ├───Cookies │ ├───Christmas │ │ ├───Red │ │ └───Green │ └───...
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Self-hosted web service for file search

I am looking for a nicer way to search files on the local file system via a web service. This service has to be self-hosted. I imagine it to look similar to Google: A very simple user interface. ...
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Filesearchy alternative - Unable to reach the author or website is not working

FileSearchy is a very excellent free opensource tool where unablet to find any other alternative for this and unable to contact the author or their main web-site doesn't seems to work http://www....
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Video clip viewer

I have a collection of video files stored on my windows 10 pc. Instead of splitting or reediting the videos I would like an application where I can View a video and bookmark clips within it. Search ...
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File search tool

I need a tool in which I can import a list of file names, from the clipboard or a text file, and then do a keyword search across a drive or a folder and its sub-folders. I have hundreds of texture ...
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Front-end for Windows Search Service

The Microsoft Windows Search Service itself is pretty powerful and contains a wealth of indexed information with which to find files. Of particular utility is its support for IFilter which allows ...
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Search in text files with preview snippets

Like results in an Internet search engine. But this analogy is given only to explain what I mean under preview snippets. In other aspects I'm looking for a regular search with exact match and local ...
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Markdown document management system (search index over all *.md files across the system)

I am writing notes or documentation of software or private projects in Markdown. These single Markdown files are living either in a folder within the project or general notes are stored in Dropbox. ...
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Free alternative to Windows Search (full-text indexed search) or non-Java alternative to DocFetcher

I search an alternative to Windows Search for fast indexed fulltext search in text files, source code, ebooks (pdf, fb2, djvu) and, maybe, office formats. I don't want to use standard Windows Search,...
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Linux search over HTTP

I'm running a server on Windows right now, and I use Everything Search Engine to allow users to search through files over HTTP. I'm attending to upgrade the server to Linux, and I'm looking for an ...
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Search documents & display results in snippet view like Google books?

I'm looking for any software that can search keywords in documents (at least text files, but hopefully PDFs) in a folder (or even within a single file) and show the result in snippet view like Google ...
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Advanced file searching (scan for properties) [Ubuntu/Windows]

Backstory: Basically I've set up my RasPi to run Plex Media Server. It works really great and using basically no power while I can still directplay/stream from it while away from home. Now, the ...
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File analyzer and sorter

I need a Windows software which can analyze a folder or a drive and index the files and then categorize them in different categories and I can view and sort scanned files based on different criteria ...
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files folder compare / search in all subfolders for Windows / Linux

I would like to have an application for comparing contents of two folders to check if they contains same files. For Windows or Linux. I've tried WinMerge.org, however, it compares folders for ...
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Code editor to find in files using CSS selectors / Emmet abbreviations?

Which code editor or IDE allows me to find a CSS selector or Emmet abbreviation in files of my project? For example, I type .parent .child in the find box and I should get files containg both: <...
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GUI-based file search utility, (with Arch Linux package)

On other Linuxes, I use Search Monkey. Now the company tells me to use Arch Linux, which has no Search Monkey package. I'd build from source, but there was no makefile and no instructions in the ...
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Linux desktop search tool that OCRs PDF/TIFF files

I want a Linux GUI application in which I can search my home folder for all documents that contain a particular word/sentence. Obviously, it must work with text files. It must also work with MS ...
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Find specific files (including inside archives) and copy them to a specific destination

I want a software for Windows XP+ that is capable to find specific files (.epub, .pdf, .mobi, .djv in my case) on multiple drives and inside archives and copy them all to a specific destination.
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