DocFetcher is an Open Source desktop search application: It allows you search the contents of documents on your computer. - You can think of it as Google for your local document repository. The application is currently available for Windows and Linux.
How It Works
- DocFetcher creates so-called index files on which the searches are performed. You can either create permanent indexes for large document repositories that change infrequently, or temporary ones for quick full-text searches in small folders.
- Temporary indexes can be created by rightclicking on a folder and selecting the menu item "Search With DocFetcher", and they are automatically disposed of after program termination. (You can of course tell DocFetcher to keep them.)
- The indexing process might take a few minutes for larger repositories, and is usually a matter of seconds for small folders (200 documents = about 1 min.).
- After index creation, you can type keywords into DocFetcher's search box, e.g. "fourier analysis" and hit Enter. Then DocFetcher will list all documents inside the selected folders that contain these words - most of the time in less than a second.