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DocFetcher is an Open Source desktop search application.

This software allows users to search the contents of documents. It is akin to Google for users' local document repository.

DocFetcher is written in Java, and is highly customizable. It is frugal on system resources partly because it is not designed to index an entire hard disk.

 DocFetcher 1.1.14

Free to download


Eclipse Public License

Tran Nam Quang


System Requirements
Java Runtime Environment 1.6.0 or higher

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Features include:

  • Create permanent indexes for large document repositories
  • Create temporary indexes for quick full-text searches in small folders
  • Automatic index updates
  • Detection of HTML pairs
  • Search in source code files
  • Regular expression based exclusion of files from indexing.
  • Various file operations on the document repository can be performed through DocFetcher's interface (e.g. creating folders, inserting new files)
  • Preview panel with search-term highlighting and a simple built-in web browser
  • Search results can be sorted and filtered by different criteria (filetype, filesize, path, etc.)
  • Global hotkey to bring DocFetcherto the front
  • Supports the following document formats:
    • HTML and plain text (both customizable)
    • Portable Document Format (pdf)
    • Microsoft Office (doc, xls, ppt)
    • Microsoft Office 2007 (docx, xlsx, pptx)
    • Writer, Calc, Draw and Impress (odt, ods, odg, odp)
    • Rich Text Format (rtf)
    • AbiWord (abw, abw.gz, zabw)
    • Microsoft Compiled HTML Help (chm)
    • Microsoft Visio (vsd)
    • Scalable Vector Graphics (svg)

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