Find Any File
Unhappy with Spotlight because it does not find files that you know to be there? Use FAF to find every file on your disks, including those usually hidden. By file name, date, size (not by content, though!)
• Recover a file whose name you partially remember?
• See what files got changed in the past 5 minutes?
• Find all the large files on your disk?
• Uninstall software that leaves files in hidden places where Spotlight doesn’t look?
Find Any File (FAF) is the perfect tool for these tasks.
You can even search on disks that are not indexed by Spotlight, including server volumes.
Find Any File can find files that Spotlight doesn’t, e.g. those inside bundles and packages, and inside system folders that are usually excluded from Spotlight search.
Contrary to Spotlight, it does not use a database but instead searches the data on disk directly. This lets you search for file properties such as name, creation and modification dates, file size, even plain text inside files.
Another useful feature is its hierarchical results view (see screenshots). It lets you view the found items within their respective folders, making it often much easier to browse through 100s of found items.
Finally, it is fast. Not as fast as Spotlight, but it usually only takes a few seconds to locate all searched items on a disk.
“”Find any file” searches for files in the local disk by name, creation or modification date, size, type, and creator code (not by content).
Because other tools have similar search operations, the following are special functions for finding any file:
With a new hierarchical view of found items, making it easier to browse 100 items (see screenshot).
You can run as root user to find any files on the disk, even files hidden by ordinary users.
You can save queries and run them again later.
Unlike Spotlight (the Find command of Finder), it does not access the pre-built database, but directly searches for the selected volume. This allows you to find any file, even including packages and other files excluded from Spotlight searches. Therefore, it is very suitable for finding system files.
On the other hand, it may need to be slightly longer than Spotlight, and it is only fast on HFS(+) volumes. But even on the installed network volume of the Mac OS X server, it can still be very fast.
So this is not a complete replacement for Spotlight, but it can come in handy in some cases (if not many).
Mac cracked app screenshot: