HoudahSpot is a versatile and easy-to-use desktop search tool for Mac. It combines the speed of Spotlight with precise search criteria, flexible results display and previews to help to find the right document, music, photo, or video file.
Version: 5.0.11HoudahSpot is an versatile desktop search application. It builds upon Spotlight, which comes preinstalled with macOS. It makes Spotlight both more powerful and easier to use.
License: Free To Try $34.00
Operating System: Mac OS X
HoudahSpot provides a clear and structured interface that focuses on file search.
It gets you to your files as quickly as possible.* Find files by name, text, content kind, author, pixel count, etc.* Combine criteria to narrow down search results
* Specify which folders to search and which ones to exclude
* Add any of the hundreds of columns available
* Apply filters to reduce search results to only the relevant items
- Preview files and text matches
* Open files and, where the application supports it, continue searching for text matches by pressing command-G (Find Next)
HoudahSpot is indispensable to unearth hard-to-find files. It also works great as a replacement to the default Spotlight interface.
If you've ever had a hard time finding a file before, this is what you've been looking for.
Version 5.0.11: - Updated for macOS 10.15 Catalina - Please note, that on macOS 10.15 Catalina, Apple Mail messages are not available through the Spotlight index. HoudahSpot will no longer be able to find Mail message files.
Version 5.0.7: - 'Search current Finder window' could fail to access the path of the Finder window - Fixes a bug that prevented Text Preview from reading some third-party file formats - Fixes a crash in HoudahSpot > Preferences > Extensions
Version 5.0.6: - The Alfred workflow is now compatible with version 4 of the Alfred application - Fixed a bug that caused searches by wildcard to fail - Fixed a bug that prevented HoudahSpot from using old 32-bit Spotlight importer plug-ins
Version 5.0.4: - Improves auto-completion of search criteria values. E.g. known tag names - The purple file label color is now a better match for macOS 10.14 Mojave - Fixes a crash in Text Preview - Fixes a crash when using Snippets on macOS 10.13 High Sierra
Version 5.0.3: - Fixes a bug where the View > Arrange By > Kind menu item was not shown - Fixes a bug where the HoudahSpot LaunchBar action could fail over non-latin characters - Fixes a bug where searches by date did not work from the main search field - Improves the performance of Text Preview on large file
Version 5.0.1: - Smart Text Preview: Focus on paragraphs that match your search - Arranged Results: Group search results by date, size, kind, or application - Recent Attributes: HoudahSpot remembers recently used search attributes and result columns - Printing: Print search results as lists or contact sheet
Version 4.4: - Text preview for Apple Mail messages loads much faster - After clearing a search, HoudahSpot now puts the focus back on the search field so you can immediately start typing - Added new privacy controls for access to photos, mail messages, etc. on macOS Mojave - Fixes various minor bugs