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IMO, Everything search engine is the best desktop search software on Windows and I wonder if there is an equivalent software on Ubuntu ?

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Synapse, Gnome Do, the built in Nautilus search? – Uri Herrera Feb 13 '12 at 4:13

You can try tracker-search Install tracker-search. It is available in the software-center.

To install it, run the following command in a terminal:

sudo apt-get install tracker-gui

After installing it, search for Desktop Search in the dash and open it. You can then search for the files and folders in the search bar.

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In Ubuntu 11.10 Unity presents this search function as the 1st option on menu. Easy acess, very nice. Find aplications, files, everything very fast. I recommend. =D

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not even remotely as fast as Everything though. – vikki Oct 22 '13 at 14:20

Install synapse from the software center or via the terminal using

sudo apt-get install synapse

Synapse is a semantic launcher written in Vala that you can use to start applications as well as find and access relevant documents and files by making use of the Zeitgeist engine.

It will index all your files - images, music, video, documents, applications, folders you visit, etc and you can launch them from there.

To activate just use ctrl + space keys and just type your search terms. Scroll the results using the up and down keys and browse the different categories using the right and left. Once you find your result, press enter to launch.

See screenshot below after I typed 'ubu':

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Hi, there is also <kbd>Tab</kbd> for selection alternate actions for a result. – henry Jun 8 '14 at 20:20

Catfish. Not a perfect alternative but it claims to have an extension that allows querying and maintaining indexes.

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