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The current version is 1.16.2. Release notes.
The download page for Recoll 1.15 is still available.
Recoll Installation / building manual.
The indexing filters for some document types may need external packages not installed on your system by default, and not installed automatically with Recoll: take a look at the list and decide what you need to install.
The Recoll term explorer tool in phonetic mode (marginally useful and optional) uses the aspell package, version 0.60 (utf-8 support) or newer.
If you find problems with this page, the package or its installation, please report them.
What do the release numbers mean?
The Recoll releases are numbered X.Y.Z. The X would only change for really major modifications like a big change in the index format, and possibly won't ever reach 2.
Y is for functional modifications. These may bring bugs, so if you don't need the new features, you may want to wait a little, and especially skip the first release (X.Y.0), at least for a few weeks.
Z changes for bug fixes only, and moving from X.Y.Z to X.Y.Z+u should in general involve little risk of regression. But, any change can bring problems, if you are not affected by the corrected bugs (check the changes file), there is probably no necessity to upgrade anyway.
New and updated filters are sometimes available before the next Recoll release. As far as I know, all current filters are fully compatible with older Recoll releases (from 1.13), so you can install new or updated filters on older Recoll packages and gain new file type support without destabilizing your search setup.
Current release distribution: 1.16.2:
Prerequisites for building from source:
- C++ compiler. Its absence sometimes manifests itself by strange messages about iconv_open (fixed after 1.13.04).
Xapian core development libraries. Most Linux distributions carry them in their package repository. Or you will find source and binary packages on the Xapian download page.
Recoll 1.15 needs at least xapian 1.0.12. It is compatible with all later Xapian releases, including the 1.2.x series.
Note on building Xapian for older CPUs: The build configurations for Xapian releases 1.0.21 and 1.2.1 or newer enable the use of SSE2 floating point instructions. These instructions are not available in CPUs older than Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon 64. When building for such a CPU, you need to add the --disable-sse flag to the Xapian library configure command. If this is not done, the problem signals itself by "Illegal instruction" crashes (SIGILL) in recollindex and recoll.
- X11 development files.
- zlib development files.
Qt development files: Qt 4.4 or newer. The Recoll GUI will not build with Qt releases older than 4.4.
KDE3 kicker applet:
the applet can start a Recoll search from the KDE3 toolbar. It is in a separate source file. recoll_applet-1.10.0.tgz. This is a very slightly modified version of the find_applet. It will work with any recoll version after 1.10. KDE 3 only.
The Recoll source repository is hosted on bitbucket.org. The trunk is usually a bit on the bleeding edge, but there is always a maintenance branch for the current production version.
Older recoll releases:
Packages or ports for Recoll are available in the standard repositories for many distributions.
However they are often a bit older or built with older Xapian releases. Here follow a number of updated packages and instructions for a number of distributions.
All binary packages on this page need a Qt 4 (4.4 at least) runtime environment. To make things easier, on systems where Xapian is not available from the standard package repositories, the Recoll package will have a static link to Xapian so that you do not need to build/install it separately.
The Debian Recoll packages are usually fairly up to date (at least in testing), just use the appropriate Debian repository.
Ubuntu 10.04 (lucid) and later versions just need the Recoll PPA. Older versions also needed a backport for Xapian (xapian-backports/xapian-1.2).
Just add the PPA to your system software sources (the instructions are on the PPA page or here), and you can then use the normal package manager to install or update Recoll. For Ubuntu versions after 9.10 (Karmic), only one command is needed:sudo add-apt-repository ppa:recoll-backports/recoll-1.15-on sudo add-apt-repository ppa:xapian-backports/xapian-1.2
For Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty) and older, you may have to explicitely import the Recoll and Xapian public keys:gpg --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv 9DA85604 gpg --export --armor 9DA85604 | sudo apt-key add - gpg --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv A0735AD0 gpg --export --armor A0735AD0 | sudo apt-key add -
Some Fedora and Mandriva packages unfortunately think that they
depend on exiftool (which is needed by the little used jpeg
info filter), due to excessive rpmbuild cleverness.
You'll need to install the Xapian, Qt, and zlib development packages if you want use the source rpms.
Recoll is present in the standard Fedora package repositories starting from F-12. The new versions are tracked quite closely, so I don't build the rpms any more (email me if you need one).
Recoll is in the KDE:Extra repository You just need to add the repository to your software sources (Yast2->software->Software repositories).
Repository list (supported Suse versions). After adding the appropriate repository to your software sources, you will be able to install recoll and kio_recoll from the software management interface. The Xapian dependancy will also be satisfied from the build service repository. Some of the older repositories do not build antiword, just tell the software manager to "break" recoll by installing anyway, and get antiword somewhere else.
There are currently no more binary bundles. Section kept as placeholder.
These are just prebuilt trees (without the source files). Xapian is statically linked. They still depend on Qt. For Solaris, you should be able to find a Qt package on sunfreeware.
I did not test building on Solaris for this version. You will need at least Qt 4.4. The old hints in the previous page may still be valid.
It seems that Recoll will sometimes find data that Spotlight misses (especially inside pdfs apparently, which is probably more to the credit of poppler than recoll itself).
Recoll is in MacPorts and really easy to install:
- Install MacPorts.
- Type "sudo port install recoll"
Recoll is then available from the command line and as an icon in the usual MacPorts applications place.
Most of the translations for 1.16 are incomplete The source translation files are included in the source release. If your language has some english messages left and you want to take a shot at fixing the problem, you can send the results to me and earn my gratefulness (and your less multilingual compatriot's)...
You can use the .ts file to alter the translations if you
wish (use Qt's linguist tool to edit the source file,
then lrelease to produce the .qm file.).
recoll_xx.ts is a blank Recoll 1.16 message file, handy to work on a new translation.
Updated 1.16 translations that became available after the release:
The following are up to date in 1.16.2, but may be useful if you are running 1.16.1.