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FSearch – A Speedy Standalone Search Utility for Linux

FSearch Search Tool for Linux
Written by Martins D. Okoi
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FSearch is a GTK+3, open-source, performance-focused search utility for GNU/Linux and Unix-like Operating Systems. It is inspired by Everything Search Engine so it instantly locates files and folders by filename and it is written in C so it boasts amazing speeds – a feature its users love about it the most.

It features a modern, customizable GUI with toolbars and a responsive, themeable app window.

What enables the speed of this search utility is its ability to quickly index all the files on your computer. That way, it is able to suggest files from any location as you type letters into its search field.

The results appear in the form of a list and you can sort them by filename, path, size, or modification time. You can decide to open the file using your default app or in the file manager, or you can copy the file (or directory) path to your clipboard.

FSearch - Search Tool for Desktop

FSearch – Search Tool for Desktop

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If you want to take searching to the next level you can do so using regular expressions thanks to FSearch’s support of the PCRE (Perl-Compatible Regular Expression) library.

FSearch Features

  • Free to use on Linux and Unix-like platforms.
  • Open-source with source code available on GitHub.
  • Beautiful, customizable GUI.
  • Instant (as you type) results.
  • Wildcard support.
  • RegEx support.
  • Filter support (only search for files, folders or everything).
  • Include and exclude specific folders to be indexed.
  • Ability to exclude certain files/folders from index using wildcard expressions.
  • Fast sort by filename, path, size or modification time.
  • Customizable interface.
  • “Open with..” context menu.
  • Progress bars for database update process.
  • Supports keyboard shortcuts.
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FSearch indexes all your files when you run it for the first time and still, it completes the task in no time.

If you’re looking for a reliable search tool FSearch is among the best that you can get.

Installation of FSearch in Linux

On Ubuntu distribution, you can install FSearch using the following PPA.

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:christian-boxdoerfer/fsearch-daily
$ sudo apt update 
$ sudo apt install fsearch-trunk

On Arch Linux, FSearch is available to install from the AUR as shown.

$ sudo pacman -S git
$ git clone https://aur.archlinux.org/fsearch-git.git
$ cd fsearch-git
$ makepkg -si

On Debian and Fedora, you need to compile it from source using following commands.

On Debian

$ sudo apt install git build-essential automake autoconf libtool pkg-config intltool autoconf-archive libpcre3-dev libglib2.0-dev libgtk-3-dev libxml2-utils
$ git clone https://github.com/cboxdoerfer/fsearch.git
$ cd fsearch
$ ./autogen.sh
$ ./configure
$ make && sudo make install

On Fedora

$ sudo dnf install automake autoconf intltool libtool autoconf-archive pkgconfig glib2-devel gtk3-devel
$ git clone https://github.com/cboxdoerfer/fsearch.git
$ cd fsearch
$ ./autogen.sh
$ ./configure
$ make && sudo make install

Are there other search utility tools that you have worked with? And what do you think about FSearch? Drop your comments in the section below.

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About the author

Martins D. Okoi

Martins Divine Okoi is a graduate of Computer Science with a passion for Linux and the Open Source community. He works as a Graphic Designer, Web Developer, and programmer.