Find Any File
Developer: Thomas Tempelmann
Current Version: 1.8.9
Last Updated: 2 years ago
Download Size: 7.7 MB - Download
Unhappy with Spotlight? Find every file on any of your disks, including those usually hidden. Fast and precisely.
• Ever lost a file whose name you partially remember, now lost on your disks?
• Want to see which files got changed in the last 5 minutes?
• Looking for files on an external or network disk?
• Uninstall a sticky app, trying to find all its hidden files?
Find Any File (FAF) is the perfect tool for these tasks.
You can even search on disks that are not indexed by Spotlight, including server volumes.
Find Any File can find files that Spotlight doesn't, e.g. those inside bundles and packages, and inside system folders that are usually excluded from Spotlight search.
Contrary to Spotlight, it does not use a database but instead searches the data on disk directly. This lets you search for file properties such as name, creation and modification dates and size. Not text inside files, though, see note below.
Another useful feature is its hierarchical results view (see screenshots). It lets you view the found items within their respective folders, making it often much easier to browse through 100s of found items.
Finally, it is fast. Not always as fast as Spotlight, but it usually only takes a few seconds to locate all searched items on a disk.
•• Notes ••
FAF does not search file content - for that simply use Spotlight (whose results can be enhanced with Tembo, also available in this store). However, the current betas (see website, "alternative versions", under "betas", and get the latest version from there) add the ability to search for plain text at least, identical to EasyFind's text search feature.
Also, check out EasyFind, a free alternative to Find Any File. It has quite a different user interface which you might prefer over FAF's retro look.
•• Here's what users say about FAF ••
“FAF goes where Spotlight's can't easily reach. Not only that, the search results are nicely listed just as in Finder's hierarchical (flipping triangles) folder view or as a single list as in Finder with sortable columns for name, size, kind, and modification date.”
“As the administrator for about 50 school Macs, I often need to look for some file misplaced by a novice or, while troubleshooting a system, I often need to search for obscure operating system files. Find Any File is in my arsenal of tools when things files or folders go astray.”
“I use it when I want to find a specific kind of file or to see and eliminate or compare the double and redundant files. I surely use it 4-5 times a week.”
“I keep FAF as an icon in the toolbar of every Finder window. When I have to actually find something, I use FAF instead of the Finder.”
• File Icons are fully opaque again.
• Makes sure windows appear on-screen when an external monitor gets detached.
• Fixes an issue where refreshing the Results takes an unusually long time.
• Solves an issue with OSX 10.10.2 where opening more than six items failed.
• When searching a "slow" volume, its name is displayed in the Find window again.
• Fixes issues with deleting items on a network volume.
• If the command "Delete Immediately" or "Move to Trash" fails, an error message is displayed.
• Deleting symlinks doesn't instead delete their destination any more.
• Switching between flat and tree views now preserves the selection even if more than one item is selected.
• The shortcuts Cmd-Shift-C and Cmd-Opt-C work again.
• Fix for OSX 10.9 and later: Changing an item's Label removes all other Tags previously set on that item.
• Fixes a few rare crash cases.
If you are updating, please leave a review or at least rate the app here in the Store to let others know of its usefulness.
Most Helpful Reviews
This should be on every Mac - I’ve quickly come to consider this app a “must have” on any Mac. The fact that Spotlight won’t find files within bundles like the iMovie and iPhoto libraries, or not within Time Machine backups means that for me Find Any File is a lifesaver. Great app, simple design, and the one time I had issues I contacted the developer and he responded immediately (turned out to be a Mavericks bug and was able to work around it for now until Apple fixes it).
I don't get it - What does this do that Spotlight doesn't do? I agree that the Spotlight interface is weak, but it searches file contents, not just names. And when you search in spot light (choose search by file name in the spot light window that opens after you choose "show all") for "tin can" it returns all file names that contain "tin" and "can", not just those containing "tin can". For example it finds files named "white can red tin" but this doesn't.
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Finds everything Spotlight doesn’t … faster! - I’ve tried to use Spotlight for years, and it never seems to find the files I’m looking for. Find Any File is blindingly fast, and if a file is on my hard drive, it finds it very, very quickly. The results can be displayed in tree structure or as a flat file list, making it extremely easy to use the results. This is a simple app, and highly functional. It’s one of my daily go-to apps.
The best file finder for Mac - I use this all the time. It’s powerful, fast, and actually finds files. Totally unlike the useless tools that come with Yosemite. The standard Mac file finding ability is anemic, it MIGHT find what I’m looking for one out of 10 searches. I normally go straight to Find Any File because I know with 100% certainty that it will find the file if it’s on my hard drive, that is within the available search parameters. It’s still not as powerful as file finders on WINDOWS, most of which allow you to search files for key phrases, but anything in the search parameter list this program will find.
Awesome! - I work in a K-12 public school district, and we use network drives extensively. To the tune of being connected to about five different drives. Sadly, I’ve reached an age where I’m not as able to recall where I saved something a week ago. Or even yesterday. This app has saved my bacon more than once - locating a file that I knew I had spent hours working on, but wasn’t where I thought it would be… (wipes brow with sigh of relief!)
The search Apple didn’t provide - Since Apple continues to dumb down the UI, utilities like this are necessary. This one fills a need to find all files perfectly. Awsome response from the developer as well.
Does exactly what it says it does, quickly and reliably - What else is there to say? I use this regularly to search for apps that I'm deleting to clear out related cache / preference files and Find Any File works excellently in this regard.