PowerGREP 4.5.0

Reviewed by Pete Daniel

"Regular expression search and replace tool"

Overview

PowerGREP is software known as a GREP tool which allows the user to perform extensive searches of the files within their Windows system. The software is over $100, so it is likely to be best suited to businesses that wish to use a single tool to be able to locate any files within a network of PCs and file systems.

Use the software to search for specific files. This can be performed using file name searches, narrowing down by file type, date modified, date created and other criteria. It is also possible to create your own Regular Expressions which can create complex either/or and if/then type search parameters which can run through a detailed set of instructions in order to result in exactly the results sought after.

Documents, spreadsheets and presentation files can also be searched for textural content that matches text inside these file types. Word documents, Adobe PDF files, plain text files, binary files and others can all be searched in this way too. This is most useful when being clear on what content is contained within a file, but being unclear about the exact file name, date created and other typical search parameters that most search functions use.

Statistics can be accessed via log files and when pulling together large data sets which bear a greater degree of scrutiny.

Installation

The installation process is a little different to others. Pick the individual components or create an advanced installation. Several other options are also presented. The installation is completed once the selection is made. No extra software is added.

There is also a polite introduction personally from the developer which is a nice touch.

Interface

The interface for PowerGREP is understandably detailed and a little difficult to understand right away unless the user has already used a GREP search tool on Windows or another platform.

There are many panes and tabs to choose between. One nice option is a library of different types of searches that are available from a tab in the center pane. These can include many options from adding PHP code interface to the existing one to enabling a new kind of search. Many of the features are targeting programmers.

Pros

  • GREP search tool to locate files anywhere on a system or network
  • Regular Expressions are included to make searches extremely specific with multiple permutations and parameters
  • Filter results
  • Sort search results in various ways
  • Editor for various files including programming code
  • Search for text/numerals contained inside Office documents, PDF, plain text, and binary files
  • Long library of GREP actions that can add new search interfaces, run pre-configured search types and more. Some aimed at programmers. Extremely useful.

Cons

  • Advanced search tool that will take a while to learn to get the best out of it.

Conclusion

PowerGREP is an extremely powerful search tool that comes with a library of pre-configured searches. The Regular Expression searches, sorting and filtering systems enable excellent access to the files being searched for.

Requirements: Windows 2000 or later

What's new in this version: Automatic drive letter updates; improved making and reverting replacements after previewing or executing a search-and-replace; improved handling of files in proprietary formats; improved compatibility with WINE on Linux

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Antivirus information

Download3K has downloaded and tested PowerGREP on 5 Sep 2016 with some of Today's best antivirus engines and you can find below, for your convenience, the scan results:
  • Avast:

    Clean
  • Avira:

    Clean
  • Kaspersky:

    Clean
  • NOD32:

    Clean
PowerGREP Antivirus Report
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