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I have many pdf documents in my computer and I need an easy to use GUI for retrieving those that contain certain terms / phrases. So, my question is if there is any such application for ubuntu 12.04 LTS?

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There is a command-line tool pdfgrep which can perform your task.You can install it by
sudo apt-get install pdfgrep To search for a regular expression:

find /path -iname '*.pdf' -exec pdfgrep -H 'pattern' {} \;  

where path is location for your pdf files.

There is also a GUI tool called recoll which can search documents by indexing them.

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  • Thanks for you answer, but the main problem here is that it is very slow since it doesn't index the pdfs (in the background) as I would expect, so that the next time be quicker. In addition, I would prefer something more user friendly. Any idea? – user88349 Sep 9 '12 at 11:11
  • I have added another GUI tool in my answer which might serve your purpose. – ignite Sep 9 '12 at 11:36

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