Recoll 1.20.1

A full text search tool for GNU/Linux systems, specifically designed for the KDE project

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What's new in Recoll 1.20.1:

  • An Open With entry was added to the result list and result table popup menus. This lets you choose an alternative application to open a document. The list of applications is built from the information inside the /usr/share/applications desktop files.
  • A new way for specifying multiple terms to be searched inside a given field: it used to be that an entry lacking whitespace but splittable, like [term1,term2] was transformed into a phrase search, which made sense in some cases, but no so many. The code was changed so that [term1,term2] now means [term1 AND term2], and [term1/term2] means [term1 OR term2]. This is useful for field searches where you would previously be forced to repeat the field name for every term. [somefield:term1 somefield:term2] can now be expressed as [somefield:term1,term2].
  • (1.20.1) The Query Fragments tool was added to the GUI. This is a window with customizable buttons to add arbitrary query language fragments to the current search. The buttons and fragments are defined in an xml file inside the recoll configuration directory ~/.recoll/fragbuts.xml. This makes it easy to define "pre-cooked" filters for things that you need repeatedly. See the manual for more details.
  • We changed the way terms are generated from a compound string (e.g. an email address). Previously, for an address like, only the simple terms and the terms anchored at the start were generated (jfd, recoll, org, jfd@recoll, The new text splitter generates all the other possible terms (here, only), so that it is now possible to search for left-truncated versions of the compound, e.g., all emails from a given domain.
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GPL (GNU General Public License) 
Jean-Francois Dockes
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ROOT \ Text Editing&Processing \ Others
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Recoll is an open source application that has been designed from the ground up to provide users with a personal full-text search utility for their GNU/Linux desktop environments. It is based on the well known Xapian backend.

Key features include easy installation, support for popular UNIX-based systems, modern graphical user interface powered by Qt, support for the Unity user interface of the Ubuntu operating system, support for common file types, as well as support for multiple languages.

In addition, the application features support for multiple character encodings, state-of-the-art query functionality, support for email attachments, transparent handling of common UNIX archive formats, including gzip and bzip2, file and folder filters, and comprehensive documentation.

Natively indexed file types include Plain Text, HTML, Mailbox, Maildir, Pidgin and Purple log files, Man Pages, Dia diagrams, Powerpoint and Excel documents. Also, thanks to external helpers, the program is also capable of indexing documents from well known apps, such as AbiWord, KWord, OpenOffice, Gnumeric and Okular.

Among other features, we can mention that Recoll can be used inside the Mozilla Firefox web browser, through an add-on, allowing users to easily index visited web pages. it can process multiple email attachments at once using multiple selectable databases, and uses wildcard searches.

It provides users with a modern graphical user interface written with the Qt GUI toolkit and designed to index user's home directories from the get-go. The indexing process can be stopped at any time, and it is also possible to erase search and document history, as well as to view indexed types and missing helpers.

Search results can be easily sorted by date, oldest or newest first, viewed as table or saved as a spreadsheet file in the common CSV (Comma Separated Value) file format. From the Preferences dialog, users can configure the indexing schedule, the graphical user interface, and external tools.

Recoll was reviewed by , last updated on December 24th, 2014


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