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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

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 2.3.1:

  • Fixes some critical search issues with macOS Catalina and El Capitan.

New in version 2.3:

  • Native Apple Silicon (M1) code.
  • Search for Tags
  • Search for and display Date Last Opened and Date Added
  • Works with Alfred, Keyboard Maestro, PopClip etc.

New in version 2.2.1:

  • Fixes a potential crash.
  • The Find window doesn't get excessively wide any more.

New in version 2.2:

  • Ready for macOS Big Sur.
  • You can now save and re-open the results.

New in version 2.1.1:

  • Icons in Preview Grid should look correct again.
  • Does not remove Volumes from Login Items any more.

New in version 2.1:

  • Includes Spotlight for even faster results.
  • Many bug fixes.

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.

Version History of Find Any File

For a complete version history of version 1, see here.
2.3.1, 14 Jul 21:
Fixes a problem with finding items "on startup disk" on macOS Catalina.
Fixes several issues with running on macOS 10.11 (El Capitan).
Fixes a bug where nothing was found on volumes with accented chars.
Fixes getting the Finder selection for folders on network volumes.
Fixes a crash when trying to delete an item on an ejected volume.
If a file name is changed, FAF will now refresh the list with the correct sorting if necessary.
After a failed Retry for trashing or deleting items, an error message is now shown.
In Big Sur and later, the Search field for the results now changes to the "?" icon if the window it too narrow.
The "Special Folders" lists paths to unavailable folders again.
Applications can now be added as Special Folders.
2.3, 16 Jun 21:
FAF is now a universal app (runs natively on both Intel and M1 Macs).
Adds new rules to search for Tags, Date Last Opened and Date Added.
Date Last Opened and Date Added can now be shown in the Results window.
Brings back the ability to search only the Data volume on Catalina and Big Sur system volumes (e.g. for better performance).
FAF can be invoked from other apps (Alfred, Keyboard Maestro, PopClip etc.). See here.
Improves checks and warnings when deleting folders with their unseen content.
Slightly improves search performance.
Invisible volumes can be chosen to be searched by enabling "Expert Mode" or by holding down the Option key when opening the disk popup menu.
Resolves some Big Sur (macOS 11) related issues.
The darkened overlay with the "Stop" button in the Results window during search can be disabled by option-clicking the "Show Results Early" preference.
The Kinds rule adds Packages (useful for excluding bundles and apps from a folder-only search).
Fixes issues around using the Spotlight search option; e.g. the "Path" rule didn't work.
Fixes context menu operations on the Path Bar (that's the row of folders at the bottom of the Results window).
Fixes selection of items in "Preview Grid".
Fixes issues around determining the current Finder selection.
Fixes rare a stalling issue when checking for Login Items.
Fixes search for "Name matches pattern *".
Fixes readability (contrast) issues in selected results.
Fixes a few potential crashes.
2.2.1, 12 Nov 20:
Fixes a potential crash.
The Find window isn't getting excessively wide any more.
2.2, 10 Nov 20:
Major changes
  • Change: Bootable volumes do not appear as (System) and (Data) any more, but only once, like they appear in Finder. Searching will, if necessary cover all members of a volume group.
  • New: Holding the Shift key while choosing a volume from the popup menu will add the volume. That should make it easier to select multiple volumes for searching without having to resort to drag & drop.
  • New: Brings back version 1's option to suppress (the rather slow) fetching of preview icons on network volumes. See the View menu for the option.
  • New: Adds more choices when searching for "Kind".
  • New: Can now save (cmd-S) and re-open results to ".paths" files (which are plain text files). You can even drag a .paths file or even any other number of files into a Results window to merge them.
  • New: You can remove selected items from the Results window with the "Remove from results" command. Together with the previous feature this allows you to create your own result lists and perform operations (e.g. Select All, then Move to Trash) on them quickly.
  • New: Adds rule "Pass results to file", which saves the paths to a file without showing the results in a window. Hold down the option key to see that rule when clicking on the popup menu.
  • Fix: When searching for file content, the app won't slow down and freeze the system due to high memory use any more.
Minor changes
  • Dragging an item from FAF's results to the Dock's Trash bin will now trash the item.
  • If you choose "inside:" in the volumes popup menu and then cancel the dialog, the previously chosen "inside" folder(s) will be used instead of reverting to the startup volume.
  • You can now drag & drop folders and volumes (disks) onto FAF's icon to search in them.
  • The toolbar items in the Results window can now be customized (as usual, with a right-click into the toolbar area).
  • The popup menu for choosing the volume will now show the selected Finder folder under "In Finder Selection".
  • Now uses the PCRE2 regex engine (previously: TRE), providing more features, being more stable and faster.
  • Now opens a Find window is there are none open and the app is activated.
  • Saved searches (.faf files) can now use the tilde (~) character to specify the home folder.
  • Rephrases "… either of" to "… any of".
  • Fix: Hiding FAF or closing the Find window won't stop the search any more.
  • Fix: Searching for file name starting with "-" does not cause a slow search any more.
  • Fixes issues with hiding contents in the Trash.
  • Fixes the rule "Kind is Video"
  • Fixes searching for regex content with Spotlight enabled.
  • Fixes an issue searching for Symlink files.
  • Fixes "In Finder Selection" on macOS Mojave and later.
  • Fixes several potential crashing issues.
2.1.1, 10 Nov 19:
Icons in Preview Grid should look correct again.
Does not remove Volumes from Login Items any more.
2.1, 9 Nov 19:
New: Includes Spotlight results, leading to faster finds if "Show Results Early" is also enabled.
Fixes a critical issue where searching entire volumes could miss some items, especially on fast network volumes such as Helios AFP servers.
Fixes some Spotlight search issues on Synology NAS volumes (called Universal Search there).
Searching for text content with non-latin characters (such as the Cyrillic script) does not freeze the app any more.
Several fixes and improvements around searching in "root mode".
The manual (see Help menu, "Documentation") has been much improved, explaining the search options in more detail.
Changed: The Edit commands "Copy" and "Copy Names" have been exchanged to match the Finder's commands better, now called "Copy" and "Copy Columns".
Fixed: When using the Service "FAF: Search Folder(s)" from the Finder, the search doesn't start on its own any more.
Fixes a crash when searching for dates.
English wording for some search rules has been updated to match Spotlight's.
File names are again painted in their Label colors as it was in version 1.
Brings back version 1's ability to search for Owner ID and Group ID (hold down the option key when clicking the "Name" popup).
Fixed: After moving or deleting files, FAF now always updates the results accordingly, even on network volumes.
Fixes a crash when sorting the column showing the full path.
Fixes a crash when using "Make Invisible".
Fixes searching "in Finder selection".
Brings back all Services in Context menu, like in version 1.
During QuickLook, using the cursor keys doesn't close the window any more.
Fixes sorting of Kind column.
Completes missing localizations in French, Spanish and Portuguese.
2.0, 6 Oct 19:
Important for macOS 10.15: You have now two volumes to select from for searching your startup disk: One is called "Data", the other "macOS System". The former searches all your own data, whereas the latter searches the protected files provided by Apple, like the System folder and Apple's applications. If in doubt, choose to search "on local disks".
New: FAF is now a 64 bit application, ready to run on macOS 10.15 and later.
New: The preference "Show Results Early" lets you see found items immedialety, instead of having to wait until the search is finished.
New: A "Kind" rule lets you search for image, video, audio, text or plain-text files.
New: A "File Type UTI" rule lets you search for file types, expressed by their UTI code such as "public.font".
New: File Name and Content searches now let you specify a regular expression (regex, grep) pattern.
New: "Save As Defaults" now has a keyboard shortcut (cmd-opt-S).
New: Everyone can now add or replace translations more easily: Place the translation's ".lproj" folder into "~/Library/Application Support/Find Any File/" and FAF will automatically find it if your chosen system language matches it. New translations, including Croatian (thanks to Alen Bajo), can be downloaded from here.
Changed: Removed translations for Norwegian, Swedish and Czech from the app because they're rarely used and cause me too much work to maintain them all. You can add them now again manually, see above.
Changed: Web links are now pointing to findanyfile.app instead of apps.tempel.org/FindAnyFile.
New hidden preferences (use my app Prefs Editor to set them, or use the Terminal command `defaults write ...`)
  • "Size shows Finder units" - NO: v1 style, YES: Finder style.
  • Copying 1000s of items to the clipboard can be made faster if you only need the text, not the actual file references (which are only needed for pasting the actual files somewhere). Set the app's "Copy includes file references" preference to NO.