Spotlight indexing progress

Discussion in 'OS X Yosemite (10.10)' started by robgendreau, Jul 28, 2014.

  1. robgendreau macrumors 68040

    Jul 13, 2008
    Does anyone know how to show the progress bar for indexing Spotlight in Yosemite?

    I can get it if I do a partial search in the popup window, but I'd like to be able to monitor it without having to invoke that window. In Mavericks I could just mouse-down on the icon in the menubar.

  2. ayeying macrumors 601


    Dec 5, 2007
    Yay Area, CA
    I'm looking for the same. I just restored my Mac Pro to a new drive and I noticed its running very slowly. Pretty sure its indexing but I can't tell its status on indexing
  3. joejoejoe macrumors 65816

    Sep 13, 2006
  4. joejoejoe macrumors 65816

    Sep 13, 2006
    got the answer.

    type indexing into spotlight and the progress bar shows up as the first result.

    looks like mine is going to take over a day to index. oy.
  5. crjackson2134 macrumors 601


    Mar 6, 2013
    Charlotte, NC
    Wow, the only thing mine shows is the Wiki page and files on my drive with the name index in them. No status or progress bars.
  6. Bruno09 macrumors 68020

    Aug 24, 2013
    Far from here
    This is because Spotlight is not indexing.

    You can type in whatever you want in Spotlight, not only "indexing".

    "Test" works as well, or "Mac", etc...
  7. joejoejoe macrumors 65816

    Sep 13, 2006
    this means it's done indexing.

    the annoying thing is that it no longer gives you an approx time it takes to finish indexing, just a bar.
  8. woodenbrain, Oct 15, 2015
    Last edited: Oct 15, 2015

    woodenbrain macrumors member

    Sep 2, 2009
    Has this feature been removed in El Capitan? I ask because there are other indicators that spotlight is indexing (mds process running, for example) – but I can't get a progress bar to show up in such a way.

    Any tips on how to interpret results from the terminal such as:

    How do you interpret these results of "mdutil -sv":

    Scan base time: 2015-10-14 09:23:42 +0000 (90 seconds ago), reasoning: '(null)'

    Does anyone know of a 3rd party utility that shows this progress information better?

    I've started a related thread at Apple Discussions, but have yet to get any answers.

    For the record, other similar threads at Apple Communities and AskDifferent.

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