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DocFetcher is a portable German/English open source desktop search application.

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    Pros, Cons

    I love DocFetcher! I discovered this gem of a program when Windows stopped supporting string searches in word processors other than Word.

    🏁 Competitors: the generic string search available in Windows, Agent Ransack, Locate32, Everything by Voidtools
    👍 Pros:    Beautiful intuitive interface. easy to use, once you set up the index.
    👎 Cons:    If you have a large collection of files to index, you will eventually be unable to search all your documents at the same time. you have to set up separate indexes and search each one separately. available in a variety of versions, up to 64 bit.|The help files are good. however, learning how to set up an index can be frustrating.

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  • Tool to parse, index, and search local documents? - Windows
    I use to index and search large repos of docs. I use Papermerge for my digital file cabinet though. DocFetcher is good for searching an existing repository of files. Source: over 1 year ago
  • Docfetcher is a cross-platform free and open source desktop search application
    As they state, it is crap-free, free forever, cross-platform, portable, private (local only), and indexes only what you need. You can also set minimum and maximum file sizes to index. See Source: over 1 year ago
  • Career Advice for a fresh graduate who wants to enter Structural Engineering field
    What I'd recommend is setting up a digital and/or physical technical library. Download any useful documents, books, standards etc. and store them in a clear, concise folder structure. Then create an index of the library with a tool like DocFetcher. (Think of it as Google for your technical library) This should make it fast and easy to find the relevant information when you need it. Source: over 1 year ago
  • Looking for software to search inside zip files
    DocFetcher? Source: over 1 year ago
  • How do you organize yourself?
    I use Outlook for e-mail and calendars. I use Evernote to store my notes. I also have a folder in Dropbox called "docs" where I store TXT (and others like DOCX and PDF etc) files for tasks/projects like the cisco firmware update example. I use DocFetcher ( to perform search on the stored notes in TXT / DOCX / PDF / etc. Source: over 1 year ago
  • Search engine software to search inside pdf files in my laptop's folder?
    DocFetcher. It works with docs, PDFs, epubs, TXT, HTML files and many other formats. You create a full-text index once, and after that the program will find all keyword/phrase occurrences in no time, with a preview snippet and a link to the file. Source: over 1 year ago
  • Search Utility Similar to Google Drive that Runs Locally?
    DocFetcher would probably do the trick. Is free and open source and It indexes :. Source: almost 2 years ago
  • Tool to search contents of Word files
    Try DocFetcher, Anytxt Desktop Search or desktop search engines. Source: about 2 years ago
  • Fast File Finder for Windows is a tool for quickly finding files by name
    There are great CLI tools already in this thread, but for some of my side-gig work I'm searching large piles of PDFs, docs formats, and ePubs with a GUI word processor open and need to reference the source by page/graf number. For those I use DocFetcher[1], a quirky and intermittently updated Java app that indexes file contents and provides rudimentary relevance searching along with regex. I index my docs, put the... - Source: Hacker News / over 2 years ago
  • How do you organize your papers or textbooks?
    Have you tried setting up DocFetcher? Source: over 2 years ago
  • Discworld Search - Easily Find & Share your Favorite Discworld quotes, wisdoms, bits and snippets - Prototype sneak peek. Would love to get your feedback!
    I've been using Docfetcher to do this, but I think your idea is probably much more user-friendly. Nice work! Source: almost 3 years ago
  • How does the anarchist library add more books?
    Indexing and search PDFs on your own computer: Source: about 3 years ago

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