Solved

Need a program that searches within text files in a directory

Posted on 2010-09-08
5
447 Views
Last Modified: 2013-12-01
Hi all, this is hopefully an easy one.
I'm looking for a windows program that can search through text files in a directory for a string of text and show the results of which files contain that string, and preferably where in that file. Currently I'm using Windows Grep for this, however it routinely crashes and gives out of memory errors. There hasn't been an update for that program in about 2 years, so I'm not hopeful of a bug fix coming soon.

I've looked at notepad++, but you need to actually open all of the files you want to search. We currently use Windows Grep, but it crashes alot.

So again, here are my requirements:
1. Search within text files in a directory for a specific string
2. Displays a list of files that contain the string
3. Allows you to open the files from the list and see the string
0
Comment
Question by:grandebob
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
5 Comments
 
LVL 6

Accepted Solution

by:
Joshua_Peters earned 200 total points
ID: 33628683
Powergrep looks like a better version of grep but you have to buy it. http://www.powergrep.com/ 
0
 
LVL 9

Assisted Solution

by:khaledf
khaledf earned 200 total points
ID: 33628732
I use InfoRapid search and replace tool which is completely free and rocks.
try it and let me know your experience with it.
0
 
LVL 3

Assisted Solution

by:MaSTeRiTo
MaSTeRiTo earned 100 total points
ID: 33629045
I always use windows commander or total commander (same program, different version)
It has a bit of the look and feel of Norton commander (yeah I'm old)
It has a great search function that does exactly what you want.
http://www.ghisler.com/

Good luck
0
 
LVL 9

Expert Comment

by:khaledf
ID: 33629228
forgot to mention the website of inforapid search and replace
http://www.inforapid.de/html/searchreplace.htm
also attached is a screenshot to see how it works
search.gif
0
 
LVL 6

Author Comment

by:grandebob
ID: 33632333
Thanks, going to let my users try out Power Grep. InfoRapid Search and replace is a close second, but i can't find an option to filter by date.

Total commander is a bit overkill for what i want to do, but I love the program.
0

Featured Post

SharePoint Admin?

Enable Your Employees To Focus On The Core With Intuitive Onscreen Guidance That is With You At The Moment of Need.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

In our personal lives, we have well-designed consumer apps to delight us and make even the most complex transactions simple. Many enterprise applications, however, are a bit behind the times. For an enterprise app to be successful in today's tech wo…
Skype is a P2P (Peer to Peer) instant messaging and VOIP (Voice over IP) service – as well as a whole lot more.
The viewer will learn how to create multiple layers to apply various filters and how to delete areas from each layer’s filter.
In this brief tutorial Pawel from AdRem Software explains how you can quickly find out which services are running on your network, or what are the IP addresses of servers responsible for each service. Software used is freeware NetCrunch Tools (https…

623 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question