Searching of text within multiple files

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Baletin, Nov 3, 2018.

  1. Baletin macrumors regular

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    Dear friends,
    I am frequently searching information within three or two or ... ten PDFs and I would be greatly appreciate if you could help me to find an app or a way to perform this type of search more efficiently: in an ideal way I want to a keyword within a search window and the app will find this keyword within defined PDFs (or files).

    Thanks a lot in advance for suggestions.
     
  2. artnoi macrumors member

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  3. Baletin thread starter macrumors regular

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    Unfortunately preview does not work in some PDFs which are searchable even within Adobe Reader. In addition, I do not want to open all endless PDFs for search...
     
  4. Baletin thread starter macrumors regular

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  5. artnoi macrumors member

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    If so, the only thing I can think of (I’m not a power user) is command-line tool pdfgrep. You can install it via homebrew (brew install pdfgrep). Use it like you would use GNU grep in your terminal.

    You did mention that some of your PDFs are a bit complicated, so I think you’ll need some pdf2text/pdftotext utilities to convert some of them to text files first before using grep.
     
  6. Baletin thread starter macrumors regular

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    thanks, I found some solution = "PDF SEARCH" app - very good for my needs.
     
  7. Fishrrman macrumors P6

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  8. Baletin thread starter macrumors regular

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    i am not able to apply labels for 6000 pdfs. "PDF search" app is incredibly useful :)
     

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