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Spotlight does pretty much, but it lacks two critical features.

  1. It cannot search arbitrary locations. It excludes system locations for a better user experience I guess.
  2. It cannot index external drives.

For example I often search the ID of a chrome extension to get to its folder. That's way faster than typing the path. Unfortunately, I do not know how to do this on OS X

Is there an alternative on OS X that includes the features of Everything?

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  • So far - my spotlight can index external Devices and also System Folders ... Please check your Settings and let us know – bMalum Jul 6 '14 at 8:50
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    Try to use [Alfred][1]. It is free without PowerPack. [1]: stackoverflow.com/questions/858678/… – demas Jul 6 '14 at 8:51
  • @bMalum, the system only offers one simple page for the settings. I have checked all the items, and have no folders excluded. – Colliot Jul 6 '14 at 8:54
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    @Aszune'sHeart, Sorry. it was my mistake. Here is correct link - alfredapp.com – demas Jul 6 '14 at 8:57
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    Why is this question down voted? – Jorge Bucaran Nov 27 '14 at 17:18
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In your case probably the

mdfind

will do great job.

It is not a GUI but a Terminal command, and it will search everywhere and everything.

Once found you can triple click on the line (to select it) and Right Click and use the "Reveal in Finder".

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If you show hidden files you might be able to search for them via spotlight. Most drives should be indexed (as long as their HFS+ formatted I believe)

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I've been trying to find some way to reconfigure Spotlight or some third party tool (that's Spotlight-quick or Everything-quick) to find hidden files, like those in ~/.ssh, for some time now. The only thing I've found that works so far is GoToFile, if you remove the exclusions from the scan parameters.

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