Full-text search for your desktop.

Recoll finds documents based on their contents as well as their file names.

Recoll will index an MS-Word document stored as an attachment to an e-mail message inside a Thunderbird folder archived in a Zip file (and more…​). It will also help you search for it with a friendly and powerful interface, and let you open a copy of a PDF at the right page with two clicks. There is little that will remain hidden on your disk.

The current Recoll version is 1.39.2 (Release history, Release notes).

Recoll is based on the very capable Xapian search engine library, for which it provides a powerful text extraction layer and a complete, yet easy to use, Qt graphical interface.

Recoll has extensive documentation. If you run into a problem, or want to propose improvements, you are welcome to use the mailing list or problem tracker. Even if you are already using Recoll, maybe there are still a few useful search tricks that you don’t know about. A quick look at the search tips might prove useful ! Also the Faqs and Howtos section, and some contributed result list formats.

Recoll could not exist without a rich free software environment. See the credits. Thanks !



Recoll 1.39.0: allow configuring non-alphanumeric characters (e.g., ,%$€) to be indexed as separate words. Allows searching for things which would previously have been indiscriminately mixed up.


Recoll 1.38.1 is out. Turbo-charged indexing in some situations, and a new build method which replaces the GNU autotools with a modern approach based on meson/ninja. See the release notes.


Recoll gets an AppImage. This will index and search many document formats (not all) on most Linux distributions from around 2019 (the image is built on Debian Buster) and newer.


The Recoll WEB pages have been moved to their own host: https://www.recoll.org, for clarification and security.


release 1.37.4: indexer for Joplin notes. Misc bug fixes. See the release notes.


1.34.0 : expanding queries for likely mispellings, miscellaneous improvements. See the release notes.


Debian repositories on this site: the repository key has expired on the 6th of December. It has been extended and the repositories re-signed, but you will need to download and install the key again


1.33.4 : new KDE krunner plugin. Small fixes.


Version 1.29.2: shortcuts editor.


A contributed script for indexing Anki flashcards, and another for a Newsboat RSS reader.


1.28.6: fixes forgotten orgmode handler in 1.28.5.


There is now a new way to install Recoll on macOS.


Version 1.28.5. Improved GUI configurability. Small 1.28.3 fixes.


New version 1.1.0 for the Recoll Gnome Shell Search Provider (recoll GSSP). Version 1.0.0 had stopped working with newer Gnome versions.


Version 1.27.12. Improved Korean indexing, docx endnotes and footnotes support, easy switch to dark mode and misc. bug fixes, see the release notes.


A new article by a kind Recoll user about using Linux cgroups to limit indexing CPU usage.


Version 1.26.7. Fix the GUI settings issue described above for 1.26.6, for those who have not run 1.26.6 yet.

2020-03-26 1.26.6 update, loss of GUI preferences

Version 1.26.6. Small fixes. See the release notes
A change in 1.26.6, which was supposedly intended for Windows, has unfortunately resulted in a change of name for the GUI preferences file under Linux. This was previously named ~/.config/Recoll.org/recoll.conf, and it is is now ~/.config/Recoll.org/recoll.ini. Changing back would risk causing even more trouble for the people who have began using the new file, and besides, the new name avoids confusion with the indexing configuration file ~/.recoll/recoll.conf. In order to recover your preferences, please exit recoll, then rename ~/.config/Recoll.org/recoll.conf to ~/.config/Recoll.org/recoll.ini.


The Recoll source repository and issues tracker moves to framagit. It was nice to find the opensourceprojects.eu haven when leaving Github, but there are now better alternatives. Framagit runs on the Gitlab software.


Version 1.26.5. Vastly improved OCR support, with caching. See the release notes and the manual.


Recoll now has a Gnome Shell Search Provider. See the downloads page.


Version 1.25.23. Fixes a nasty bug in the mbox parser. Needed if you want to index gmail exports. Other small fixes. See the release notes.


Version 1.25.4. Full switch to Python3, new completer tool. See the release notes.


Version 1.24.5. Fixes an ennoying bug with recollindex -z resetting the index format to the one compatible with Xapian 1.2 and problematic with Xapian 1.4.


Version 1.23.6 is released to provide a workaround to the Xapian 1.4 snippets generation issue. It will create indexes with the previous 'Chert' index format by default. If your index is in 'Glass' format and you are experiencing the UI freezes, you will need to delete it, by actually running rm -rf on the directory, (typically rm -rf ~/.recoll/xapiandb) before restarting the indexing.


Release 1.23.5 has a few changes and fixes and supports the (still experimental) new version of the Web browser extension. Also, I split the Debian/Ubuntu packages into command-line/GUI parts (recollcmd/recollgui), with a top recoll packages which depends on both, and this causes conflicts during the upgrade. For upgrading, either first delete the recoll package, then upgrade and reinstall recoll, or fix the issues with apt -f upgrade


Finalizing the move to the new site, I am closing the old BitBucket project. The existing BitBucket issues have been archived.


While working on a Recoll-Mutt interface I discovered incidentally that the Recoll Webui Web interface works quite well with the links web browser inside a terminal window. This appears to be an interesting solution for people looking for a search interface usable in a non-GUI environment.


Thanks to some of its users, Recoll now has filters to index and retrieve Lotus Notes messages (some implementation notes from an early user), and there is also now a Web browser interface for querying your Recoll indexes.


A new user-contributed script for those who use real-time indexing on laptops: stop or start indexing according to AC power status. See the details on the Wiki.