Use HoudahSpot to locate hard-to-find files and keep frequently used files within reach.
Start with a simple search. Refine it by adding and combining criteria. Quickly sort through search results. Add columns. Apply filters. Preview files and text matches.
If you've ever had a hard time finding a file before, this is what you've been looking for.
HoudahSpot is a powerful desktop search software that builds upon Spotlight, which comes preinstalled with OS X.
Find files by typing just a few words.
HoudahSpot starts the search at your command. Hit Return when you are ready.
Narrow down your search to the exact files you are looking for. Refine your search by adding criteria.
Choose from hundreds of attributes to search by: name, text, tags, file size, date created, etc.
Combine criteria into groups using boolean operators to find files that match any, all or none of the criteria in the group.
Search text for words, prefixes or exact phrase. Use “*” as a wildcard for partial matches.
Search multiple locations. Exclude others.
HoudahSpot can, for example, search your home folder, skip the Library folder, but still show results from the Mail folder, which is nested within your Library folder.
Add and sort by any of the hundreds of columns available.
Customize results display: view as list, icons or thumbnails.
Save your perfect setup of criteria, locations and columns.
Get concise information on your files.
The Info pane, Quick Look and Text Preview help you explore search results and pick the files you are looking for.
The Info pane also shows detailed metadata. Use this to filter search results. Or drag to add to your search criteria.
Create snippets to hold sets of criteria you use frequently.
The sample snippet “Images” contains criteria commonly used when searching for images.
The sample snippet “Word files” contains criteria to match Microsoft Word files by both of the possible Uniform Type Identifiers.
Save searches as templates. They will serve as blueprints to create new searches.
HoudahSpot comes with a set of sample templates. The “Apple Mail Messages” template is set up with useful criteria for finding messages stored by Apple Mail.
Templates also allow access to frequently used files. The “Applications” sample template lists all your applications. “Recent Files” will find files opened or modified within the past 7 days.
I have used HoudahSpot 4.0 for about six minutes. I am agog. I am stunned. This is beautiful. And fast.
And I have so wanted a beautiful preview / information panel. Wow!
— Erik Mueller-Harder
Ten minutes with HoudahSpot 4.0 and I can tell you - you’re not getting it back, I’m keeping it!
— Michael Blake
The ‘HoudahSpot’ app is simply amazing! I was literally speechless at how good it was.
— Will, UK
HoudahSpot 4 requires OS X 10.10 Yosemite
For earlier versions of Mac OS X, download HoudahSpot 3.9