everything.jpgLast year we ran through a couple performance-friendly desktop search applications for those of you that don’t want a program constantly indexing your machine, and today we have another nice alternative. It’s a free Windows app called Everything that, unlike the others mentioned in the article I referenced, does index your drive automatically over time.

So what makes this app stand out? A few things actually. For starters it doesn’t search the contents of files which makes the indexing that much faster. The developer estimates that a fresh Windows XP install (containing about 20,000 files) will take around 1 second to index. I’m sure you’ve got more files than that though, but even at a million files he says it should only take about a minute to index. That’s pretty tough to beat.

How about the search functionality? After all, that is the most important part of an app like this! It supports your standard boolean operators and wildcards, but real geeks will love the fact that you can also throw regular expressions into the search box. Plus you can have it search the full file path to see if any of the directories leading up to a particular file match what you’re searching for. An example they give as to where this would be useful is if you’re wanting to find “.avi” movies that are only in a downloads directory. All you’d have to do is search for “downloads\ .avi”.

The one big downside is that Everything isn’t capable of indexing networked drives, but you can run the app on the server where the drive is connected to. Then you just have to remotely tap into that server’s search index. It takes just a few minutes to setup, and the instructions can be found here.

Everything is free and runs on Windows 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, 2008, and Windows 7. You can also grab a portable version if you just want to check it out, or if you simply don’t want to install yet another app on your computer. Either way… it’s definitely one of the fastest search utilities I’ve used, but as I mentioned before this doesn’t search the contents of files which may or may not suit your needs.

Everything Homepage

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  1. I use Everything in conjunction with Locate32.

    For normal files search, I use Everything.

    However, although Everything search and index faster, but it does not not index file contents. Here is where Locate32 can fill in.

  2. I love this program. Like the above poster, I use Everything in conjunction to a different program (Launchy). Launchy for Programs, Everything for Files. Works seamlessly.

    As a side note, it’s rather funny when this program crashes. “Everything stopped working.”

  3. Anyway to use Everything with command line?

    I want to associate Everything in PATH system variable and then make searches using the window’s run.

    Example:
    WINDOWS_KEY + r
    (opens ‘run’ window)
    find importantDocument.doc (‘find’ alias is associated with everything executable)
    (opens everything with importantDocument.doc search)

    Any Clue ?

  4. brunofs wrote:
    Anyway to use Everything with command line?

    I want to associate Everything in PATH system variable and then make searches using the window’s run.

    Hmm, that’s a good question. There’s a command line version of the app available, but it’s not really targeted at what you’re looking to do. What you really need is to be able to pass parameters to the app, and then you’d definitely be able to do this. But I don’t think it works like that.

  5. Ryan wrote:
    brunofs wrote:
    Anyway to use Everything with command line?
    I want to associate Everything in PATH system variable and then make searches using the window’s run.

    Hmm, that’s a good question. There’s a command line version of the app available, but it’s not really targeted at what you’re looking to do. What you really need is to be able to pass parameters to the app, and then you’d definitely be able to do this. But I don’t think it works like that.

    I couldn’t find (at least an easy) documentation about that command like tool.
    For me, it would be very helpful the way I described, otherwise is a bit useless.

    At least you can disable the windows indexing (I think) and run everything only when you need

  6. Found it!

    (Using the idea of making a shortcut folder, or putting shortcuts on system32 folder to use RUN window)

    1) Create a shortcut to everything.
    2) On shortcut properties, change ‘target’ and add -search, example: “C:\PortableApps\Everything\Everything.exe” -search
    3) I renamed the shortcut to ‘f’ to speed up usage, since ‘find’ is already a console command.

    END!
    If you place the shortcut on the right place, you can type for example “f firefox” an search in your computer in a friendly way.

    Thanks to lifehacker for the tip: [lifehacker.com]

  7. I recommend TheSearchMan.

    unlike Everything , TheSearchMan’s database is encrypted and it doesn’t show ALL files at the startup.
    The database of Everything is on the most wanted List of hackers as it lists all your files.

    TheSearchMan is a mere 30 KB download.
    It is portable also. That means NO INSTALLATION.

    Unlike Everything or Locate32 which can only search in the index, TheSearchMan can do real searching,ie, in the drive with a super fast speed.

    It searched my 50GB Seagate drive in a little over 2 seconds.
    It has bagged many 5 stars and Top Software awards.

    The interface of TheSearchMan is extremely simple.
    Just enter the path and search criteria

    TheSearchMan’s database is updated on the fly.

    The home page is:
    [venussoftcorporation.blogspot.com]

    Its also been reviewed by ghacks and addictivetips.

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