Geek Software of the Week: BareGrep

Us Linux dewds get spoiled by having a powerful tool like grep… now you can have it on Windows!

BareGrep Home Page

A free file finding and text searching tool. High-performance search algorithm. Regex syntax is a common subset of Perl, PHP and Java (see the Regex Reference). Simple search mode for literal strings, when not using regexes. Wildcard and regular expression file search. Files to find or search can be specified as a list including wildcards. Recursive directory search. Find and search matching files anywhere on the file-system. Interactive, incremental search. Searching while you type, to find results quicker. Feedback on regex syntax errors while you type, to build regexes quicker. Export search results to a file or the clipboard. Configurable selection of search result columns. Configurable prefix, suffix, alignment and truncation. Many file formats. Windows / DOS text files (lines end in CR/LF pairs). Unix text files (lines end in LF). Microsoft IIS logfiles (and other files terminated with a string of nulls). Many configurable user preferences. Preferences can be saved to a file, the registry or not at all on exit. Preferences are loaded from a file in the local directory, a file in the application directory or the registry (in that order). Preferences can be loaded and saved at any time by the user, and shared with other users. Single small executable, no installer. No installation needed, start using the tool immediately. Small executable can be run from the network. Easy to temporarily install and then completely remove.”

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