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Recoll is a personal full text desktop search tool based on Xapian. It provides an easy to use, feature-rich, easy administration interface with a Qt-based GUI. Text, HTML, PDF, PostScript, MS Word, OpenOffice, Wordperfect, KWord, Abiword, maildir, and mailbox mail folder formats are supported, along with their compressed versions and quite a few others. Powerful query facilities are provided. Multiple character sets are supported, and internal processing and storage uses Unicode UTF-8. Stemming is performed at query time and the stemming language can be switched after indexing.

Operating Systems

Recent releases

  •  07 Jun 2014 18:44

    Release Notes: This release fixes a few more indexing glitches.

    •  06 May 2014 16:04

      Release Notes: This version fixes the rare but annoying crashes of the multi-threaded indexer.

      •  29 Nov 2013 14:52

        Release Notes: The release brings a Scope for the new Ubuntu 13.10 Dash, Python 3 compatibility for the Python module, and a new filter (one which actually works) for PowerPoint files.

        •  11 Nov 2013 14:41

          Release Notes: This release fixes multiple bugs, from GUI crashes to missing or irrelevant query results. It also fixes handling of diacritics for Hindi/Devanagari.

          •  14 May 2013 08:33

            Release Notes: Faster indexing for multiprocessors, new results management features (multiple attachment saves, duplicate listing), advanced search history storage, and other performance and usability enhancements.

            Recent comments

            19 Apr 2008 08:26 zleach

            Excellent product
            Do you plan to add the ability to index smb shares? How can I help?

            19 Sep 2007 15:28 hasinasi

            This is HUGE -- exceptional piece of software
            I've recently changed from Windows to Kubuntu. I

            tried beagle, I tried strigi, I tried google desktop

            search. Non of the search tools were even close

            to what I wanted.

            I was quite frustrated and was already trying to

            run old versions of CopernicDesktopSearch (the

            tool I liked best when I ran Windows) in Wine.

            But now the pain is over! Recoll is so much better

            than any of those other solutions! I haven't used

            it a lot, but it looks extremely powerful, so far!

            Give it a try.

            27 Jan 2007 03:43 douglasb

            I've followed the versions from 1.1 up to present 1.7.5. The latest is much better even than the early versions - recommended to anyone!

            26 Sep 2006 06:37 douglasb

            Thanks. It works even better!
            I was first put onto recoll by people on a Mandriva Expert mailing list and have found it genuinely good, unfussy, fast and not greedy in its demands on CPU and memory.

            The further developments which I believe will be in version 1.5 are extremely valuable. I look forward to its appearing.

            26 Jan 2006 08:44 gvy

            Re: thanks, it works!

            > Release 1.1.0 is supposed to fix the case-sensitivity issue.

            Whaaah, thanks -- it works indeed 8-) Rolling out updated packages for both latest stable and unstable :-)


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