Indexed Search Systems on Ubuntu

Indexed search systems help you find your files faster and easier. They keep an index of the files on your computer and don't search the files themselves but look up the search phrase / meta data in their database. Ubuntu offers different choices for an indexed search system.

(An example for a proprietary indexed search system is Spotlight on OS X)

Possible candidates on Ubuntu Linux are: tracker (Gnome), beagle, strigi (KDE) or pinot.
Interfaces: deskbar.


installed by default

System → Preferences → Search and Indexing
→ Enable Indexing: YES
→ Enable Watching: YES



Beagle is heavyweight!