Find Any File (FAF)

Key Features

  • Convenient folder and icon views for results
  • Can search in other users' home folders ("root" mode)
  • Queries can be saved for easy re-use
  • Can be launched with a self defined keyboard shortcut
  • Localized in the following languages: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese. More languages are available (but may be incomplete) - please inquire.

Download v1.9.4 (for 10.9-10.14)

Download v1.9.3 (for 10.6-10.8)

Download v1.8.6 (for PPC Macs)

Download other versions here

Find Any File is Shareware

You may try it out without buying first. Simply download it.

If you keep using it you are expected to pay for it, though.

New in version 2.0:

  • FAF is now a 64 bit app.
  • Shows results as soon as they're found.
  • Can search by Kind (Images, Audio, etc.).
  • Can search with regular expressions.

New in version 1.9.4:

  • Compatible with version 2 in regards to preferences and .faf files.
  • Several bug fixes.

New in version 1.9.3:

  • Fixes "Name equals" on APFS volumes.
  • Applications can be chosen again with "Pass Results".
  • Improves performance with file icons in "Preview Grid" mode.

New in version 1.9.2:

  • Several crashing fixes.

New in version 1.9.1:

  • Critical fix for searching APFS disks.

New in version 1.9:

New in version 1.8.9:

New in version 1.8.8:

New in version 1.8.7:

New in version 1.8.6:

New in version 1.8.5:

  • Does not show the .faf files from previous searches any more.

New in version 1.8.4:

  • Portuguese localization.
  • "Open Recent" menu to re-open previously performed searches.
  • Pressing Option or Command key while clicking "Add Choice" adds a new choice immediately.
  • Bug fixes.

New in version 1.8.3:

  • Restores columns in Results window if they got misaligned.
  • Corrected french text "Traitement des données".

New in version 1.8.2:

  • Fixed search for Creator and FileType codes.

New in version 1.8.1:

New in version 1.8:

  • Lots of new search criteria (words, wildcards, labels).
  • Improved filtering (show only invisibles, hide trash).
  • You can now change the labels of selected items.
  • Many bug fixes (e.g. no more long startup delays for some users).
  • See complete list of changes.

Find Any File 2 Beta Testing

Welcome to the public beta test of Find Any File 2 (FAF 2)

FAF 2 is a complete rewrite, which took two people 500 hours of work so far. You might not notice much of this, though.

The goal of this first version of FAF 2 is to make it as close to FAF 1.x as possible, and nothing more.

So, don't expect much new in this beta version. Basically, it should work just like version 1 did. Maybe with a slightly better performance and a more modern look.

If you find anything that does not behave as well in FAF 2 as it does in FAF 1.9, please let me know.

This Update Will Be Free

Despite the high investment (I spent about a year's revenue to have someone help with me with this rewrite), I do not plan to charge for the update to version 2. Instead, I hope it will draw in new customers, and thereby increase my sales.

I also think about making a separately sold "Pro" version that will have some extra features for power users, such as AppleScript support, pre-caching for faster results, faster search on network volumes (NAS), improved content search, and more. Some of these features became only a realistic possibility because of this rewrite.

Known Differences Between FAF 2 (v2) and FAF 1.9.3 (v1)

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Note: This beta version of FAF is called "FAF 2 Beta.app" and uses its own preferences and hot key settings. This means you can keep running FAF 1 alongside, e.g. in order to compare results from both programs.

The new application will tell you that it's not registered and you need to Purchase it. You can activate v2 the same way you did activate v1 (using the instructions on the linked web site). If you don't remember how, please search your emails for "Find Any File" or contact me.

In the Preferences of the app, the checkboxes for checking for updates and beta version are always enabled. You cannot change them, which would defy the purpose of this beta program.

And now, download FAF 2 Beta