Download File Search - Best Software & Apps

  • FrostWire

    6.7.4

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Android
    Mac

    Search Download and Listen to Music in one for Free

    7
    1662 votes
    • PROS: Thanks to their history of developing hugely popular BitTorrent clients like LimeWire the developers have managed to create an app that mixes powerful downloading and a new focus on the user experience. FrostWire is the one-stop shop for all music and vi, Simple to use
    • CONS: Fast downloading, Nice additional features
  • MP3 Rocket

    7.4.1

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    LimeWire-based file sharing network

    7
    3053 votes
    • PROS: Skinnable, Tabbed interface, Easily-accessible content
    • CONS: Limewire clone, Results not always accurate, App can be unstable
  • Everything

    1.4.1.895

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Powerful local search tool with remote access to indexed contents

    8
    325 votes
    • PROS: Incredibly fast when indexing and searching, Very light on resources
    • CONS: You can't filter contents to be indexed, There are no security measures to enter the HTTP server
  • qBittorrent

    4.1.3

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    Easy, feature-rich BitTorrent client

    8
    421 votes
    • PROS: Very easy to set up and use, Built-in search engine, Torrent creator, Web interface
    • CONS: Search engine requires the installation of a special plug-in
  • Windows File Explorer

    Beta 0.6

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    A Free Alternative To The Functions And Settings You Have On Windows Now

    7
    120 votes
    • PROS: The preview function on the bottom left is far bigger than standard Windows preview, It is tiny change but it may allow you to streamline your sorting and filing process, The search function may be improved (which is amazing for Windows 10)
    • CONS: Getting it to work on some Windows 10 devices is tricky, Some of the functions are not part of Windows 7 and Windows 10, Such a minor change may be unimportant to some people
  • FileZilla

    3.36.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Mac
    Windows

    Secure and fast FTP transfers

    6
    187 votes
    • PROS: Fast and Efficient, Handles large transfers, Secure transfers
    • CONS: Can't schedule transfers, Poor interface
  • eMule

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Mac
    Windows

    eMule is a P2P download manager

    9
    40 votes
    • PROS: It uses its own method of file sharing, You may use torrents with it, The GUI is easy to understand
    • CONS: Each update will fix and create a bug, eMule torrents are not popular enough yet to be worthwhile, The social media functions are fairly redundant outside of academia
  • BitTorrent

    7.4.3 build 43797

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Mac

    The original Bittorrent client

    6
    469 votes
    • PROS: Simple interface, Search box integrated into client, Works with official bittorrent website, Free
    • CONS: Non-customizable interface, Limited download statistics, Downloading doesn't work very well
  • Torrent Search

    0.11.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Torrent Search - Search for torrents, the easy way and for free!

    6
    22 votes
    • PROS: Searches multiple torrenting websites simultaneosly, Clean and simple interface, Doesn't need a lot of resources, Quick response to requests
    • CONS: Application doesn't integrate a download manager, No frequent program updates, Downloading of torrents can be slow at times, Overly simplistic interface
  • Google Desktop

    5.9.1005.12335

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Info when you want it, right on your desktop

    7
    1261 votes
    • PROS: Search results in web page format, Large choice of gadgets, Can cross index from multiple machines, Share panel items with friends
    • CONS: First time indexing is long, Intrusive, No logical “OR” or substring search support
  • aMule

    2.3.1

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Mac
    Windows

    All-platform eMule P2P client

    6
    643 votes
    • PROS: Easy-to-use search facility, No spyware or adv, Lots of features for tracking download stats
    • CONS: Downloads are slow for new users
  • Skytorrents

    1.0

    License
    free
    Platform
    Web Apps

    Private and Free Torrent-Focused Search Engine for Personal Use

    10
    8 votes
    • PROS: An effective method to privately download torrent files., No download is required to access this peer-to-peer sharing network.
    • CONS: Any emails not employing a PGP key will automatically be discarded., As this software is still in its beta testing stage, bugs will likely be present.
  • eMule Plus

    1.2e

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Connect to the eDonkey2000 P2P network and share files with others

    8
    5049 votes
    • PROS: Very easy to use, Produces many search hits, No adware or spyware
    • CONS: Not updated very often, No significant benefits over the original
  • Allmyapps

    1.5.0.2

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    A Windows app manager

    7
    140 votes
    • PROS: Save all your apps to the cloud, Search for and locate new apps, Update new apps directly from your desktop
    • CONS: Occasionally crashes
  • Copernic Desktop Search Home

    7.0.3

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Search Engine Interface for Personal Computers

    7
    246 votes
    • PROS: No online connection is required to register this product., A support team is available; even for those using the free version of this software.
    • CONS: The graphics in PowerPoint files are unable to be displayed., There is no media player to preview video and audio files.
  • SearchMyFiles

    2.06

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Feature rich freeware alternative to Windows search

    6
    15 votes
    • PROS: Lots of search options, Free, No installation necessary
    • CONS: Searching big drives can take time
  • CHK File Recovery

    1.082

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Professional file recovery tool for personal use

    7
    18 votes
    • PROS: More than 200 unique types of files can be quickly recovered., Advanced search options are available at the click of a button.
    • CONS: There is no free version of this software available., Systems older than Windows XP are not supported.
  • DuckieTV

    1.1.2

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    A personalized TV calendar that tracks the shows you like, can search on multiple torrent sites and gives you full control

    7
    9 votes
    • VideoCacheView

      2.38

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Extract videos from the browser cache and save them to the hard drive

      7
      138 votes
      • PROS: Works with Internet Explorer and Firefox, Supports all video formats
      • CONS: Bear in mind that not all videos are stored in cache, Browser must be close before extracting latest videos
    • FileBot

      4.7.9

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Rename, organize and find subtitles for your TV shows

      6
      7 votes
      • PROS: Renames files very quickly, Works with several movie/TV show databases, Includes file verification tools, Includes subtitle search tool
      • CONS: No documentation, Interface is not very intuitive
    Softonic’s Best Rated Software for this topic
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    37.4.130537.3Windows, Mac
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    52.3.16436.3Mac, Windows
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