Find Any File (FAF) 1.9.3

Find Any File (FAF) 1.9.3

Find Any File searches your local disks for files by name, creation or modification date, size, or type and creator code (not by content, though).

As there are other tools with a similar search operation, here are the special features unique to Find Any File:
  • Has a new hierarchical view of the found items, making it much easier to browse 100s of items (see the screenshot).
  • Can run as root user, finding really any file on your disk, even those that are hidden from normal users.
  • Can save queries and run them again later.
Unlike Spotlight (i.e., the Finder's Find command), it does not access a pre-built database but searches the chosen volume directly. This allows you to find any file, even those inside packages and others excluded from Spotlight search. Hence it is great for finding system files, for example.

On the other hand, it may take a little longer than Spotlight, and it is only fast on HFS(+) volumes. But even on mounted network volumes of a Mac OS X server it can still be surprisingly fast.

Hence, this is not an entire replacement for Spotlight but it can come handy in certain, if not many, situations.

What's New:

Version 1.9:
  • New: macOS 10.13 (High Sierra) support for fast search on APFS formatted disks.
  • New: "Preview Grid" view shows larger icons. Helpful when looking for images.
  • New: Searching for plain text content in files (experimental, please give feedback).
  • New criteria "contains either of" and "ends in either of" for a simple logical or search operation. Now you can search for all kinds of images using the term [Name] [ends in either of] [.gif .png .jpg .jpeg .tif .tiff], for instance.
  • New: Shows contextual help at the bottom of the Find window.
  • New: Can search for User ID and Group ID numbers. This is an advanced feature - to get these options, hold down the Option (alt) key when clicking the leftmost popup menu.
  • Change: "Name contains" is now doing a slightly smarter search: If you enter "day one", all files are listed that contain both "day" and "one", such as "stones today". If you want the previous behavior where the spaces need to match as well, use "contains exactly" instead.
  • Change: "Copy Names" command in Tree view always inserts TAB characters for indentation.
  • Fix: Right-click menu on found items uses the correct system font on OS X Yosemite and later.
  • Fix: Expand & Collapse commands now work in the right-click menu on the results.
  • Fix: Sorting in the results doesn't get stuck any more.
  • Fix: Does not crash when Trashing more than 2000 items at once.
  • Fix: "Copy" commands adds file reference to the clipboard so they can be pasted in the Finder.
  • Fix: Quicklook can be used if more than one file is selected.
  • Fix: The search field always offers all types (Name, Kind, Dates, Size, Path), even if they aren't shown as a column.
  • Numerous small usability fixes.


  • Title: Find Any File (FAF) 1.9.3
  • Developer: Thomas Tempelmann
  • Compatibility: OS X 10.9 or later, 64-bit processor
  • Language: English
  • Includes: K'ed by TNT
  • Size: 14.96 MB
  • visit official website



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