Recoll: Linux desktop search

Google Desktop has been discontinued quite a while now. I was looking for a similar way to search text inside documents on Ubuntu when I came across Recoll. I am impressed with the quality of results and its search speed. Recoll uses the Xapian engine to extract text. The app interface is written on Qt so you can use it on any Linux desktop environment. Available in synaptic. There is a Unity lens available for Recoll so that you can search everything from Dash. Not available yet for Ubuntu Raring. Guess we need to wait till the final release.


  • Finds keywords inside documents as well as file names.
  • It can search most document formats. External applications may be needed for text extraction.
  • It can reach any storage place: files, archive members, email attachments, transparently handling decompression.
  • One click will open the document inside a native editor or display an even quicker text preview.
  • Free, open source, and licensed under the GPL.

To install Recoll on Ubuntu:

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:recoll-backports/recoll-1.15-on
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install recoll recoll-lens

Webpage: Recoll

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