KatSearch is a work in progress and only available as an alpha release. Some things will be broken. Caveat emptor!

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Mac power-user app to quickly find files on entire HFS+/APFS volumes by scanning the file system catalog.

Do you miss the good ol’ days before Spotlight, when search on the Mac simply scanned the filesystem? Yeah, me too.

Unlike Spotlight, KatSearch performs no indexing and only looks at filenames, not content. It uses a fast low-level kernel call to search the entire file system via the APFS or HFS+ file system catalog.

KatSearch is free, open source software and has a home on GitHub. If you find this program useful, please make a donation.


This is an early alpha release for testing purposes only. Some things will be broken.

To keep up with development, check out the project's GitHub page.


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