Discover Your Best Friend to Find and Replace Text Strings in Multiple Files, with or without Regular Expressions
Find & Replace It! is an advanced solution to find files and execute search and replace operations across multiple text files. It allows performing very complex batch replacements inside text files of any size. It supports regular expression syntax and dozens of encodings charsets. It has scripting capabilities which allow transforming on the fly the replacement text for every found string. It even handles batch processing of the encoding of files, as well as of types of end-of-lines.
Find & Replace It! is GUI tool that handles text-based pattern matching. Its way of operating is inspired by AWK and XSLT. It allows to apply nearly any kind of transformation to any text pattern that could be described by a regular expression. Find & Replace It! enables you to:
Here are five key points that distinguish Find & Replace It! from its competitors:
These key features associated to many others makes it one of the most feature rich tool to find and replace with regular expressions across multiple files. It's also a powerful tool for converting the text encodings (charsets conversion, including the Byte Order Marks), or the end-of-line delimiters, across multiple files. In addition, it's probably the only software in this category that is cross-platform!
The software is distributed in three versions:
The GUI of Find & Replace It! consists of several panes that you can arrange in any way you want. You can dock panes side by side, arrange them in tabs, or make them float. Adjust the windows layout to the way you like to work. Find & Replace It! comes with four pre-arrange layouts that can be customized the way you want depending on the size of your screen. You can switch from one layout to another in a simple click.
There is a lot of "search and replace" tools on the web, but not that much who care about text encoding and end-of-lines like Find & Replace It! does. This feature enables you to effectively maintain websites, whatever the language. The same applies to any project that mixes configuration files (XML, JSON, YAML) with several source code files, and some documentation (HTML, Markdown). All of those files use a distinct text encoding, but they all need to be updated when one need to rename something across the project. Several competitors do not handle at all the encoding detection.
In the same way, most of the competitors don't like big files and might just hang if you try to handling a 2 GB file. Find & Replace It! could be the only way to do some search and replace operations inside a very large log file.
Find & Replace It! is used in some companies that work on development projects that involve dozens of thousands of file, and it works smoothly in spite of the incredibly extreme workload.
The software offers a unique preview window that enables you to check in one glance the matching text occurrences and the replaced content for your active parameters of search and replace.
The integrated regular expression editor is one of the most sophisticated that you can find.
Finally, it is cross-platform. That is something pretty rare and very useful for developers.Top
The best way to really understand why this feature is so nice is probably to give some examples. That's why we propose a special package of examples.
How about automatically transform all references to file paths into either relative or absolute paths, according to their real location? And what would you think of inserting the size of each file somewhere in the file itself, of course with the format of your choice? Do you need to update some dates within JSON or XML files by shifting them of one month? The scripting interface brings a solution to all these kinds of problems.Top
The installation instructions are available here.
In order to quickly get started with the main features, here is a 2-minutes guide taken from the user manual, and some video tutorials.
All references to the online documentation and resources are listed on this documentation page.