A search utility focusing on performance and advanced features

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FSearch is a fast file search utility, inspired by Everything Search Engine. It’s written in C and based on GTK3.






Arch Linux (AUR)


NixOS (unofficial)

openSUSE (unofficial)



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Why yet another search utility?

Performance. On Windows I really like to use Everything Search Engine. It provides instant results as you type for all your files and lots of useful features (regex, filters, bookmarks, …). On Linux I couldn’t find anything that’s even remotely as fast and powerful.

Before I started working on FSearch, I took a look at existing solutions. I tried MATE Search Tool (formerly GNOME Search Tool), Recoll, Krusader (locate based search), SpaceFM File Search, Nautilus, ANGRYsearch and Catfish, to find out whether it makes sense to improve those. However, they’re not exactly what I was looking for:

Looking for a command line interface?

I highly recommend fzf or the obvious tools: find and (m)locate

Why GTK3 and not Qt5?

I like both of them, and my long term goal is to provide console, GTK3 and Qt5 interfaces, or at least make it easy for others to build those. However, for the time being it’s only GTK3 because I like C more than C++, and I’m more familiar with GTK development.


Email: christian.boxdoerfer[AT]posteo.de