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 2.3.2:

  • Fixes search issues around macOS Catalina, Big Sur and Monterey.
  • Can now search on new Google Drive.
  • Search for inodes and diacritics-insensitive.
  • Customizable Dock icon (ctrl-click on it!).

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.

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