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General information

The current version is 1.21.3. Release notes.

Recoll Installation / building manual.

The indexing filters used 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 release file), there is probably no necessity to upgrade anyway.

Known bugs

There is a history of known bugs, sorted by fix release. Also see the issue tracker on Bitbucket.


Current release distribution: 1.21.3:


Ubuntu Unity Lens and Scope

You will probably get these from the PPA, but here are the source files. These are not included in the main tar file any more. For recoll 1.19, 1.20 and 1.21 installations (choose on the Ubuntu version, not the Recoll one):

recoll-lens- (Recoll 0.19 or 0.20, Ubuntu up to 13.04 Raring)
unity-scope-recoll- (Recoll 0.19 or 0.20, Ubuntu 13.10 and later).
For Recoll 1.18: recoll-lens-
For Recoll 1.17: recoll-lens-

Prerequisites for building from source:

Source repository:

The Recoll source repository is hosted on The trunk is usually a bit on the bleeding edge, but there is always a maintenance branch for the current production version.

Instructions for building

Normally, it's just ./configure; make; make install. If a bit more detail is needed, there is some in the manual.


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 some pointers to find newer packages for some distributions. In most cases, you will just need to use an alternate repository.

I sometimes build binary packages when no appropriate repository exists. Any binary package directly linked from 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, just use the appropriate Debian repository.

Except they're not at the moment (2015-10).... So I am maintaining a repository for packages built for Debian Wheezy, and Jessie. This currently has recoll 1.20.6 (the standard repos have 1.17...) To add the repository to your sources:

The public part of the key used to sign the repositories can be downloaded and installed as follows:

wget -O - | sudo apt-key add -

If you prefer to manually install the packages, they are here: debian/pool/main/r/recoll/

Note: the 1.21.0 packages which are in the repositories for Stretch/testing can't be installed on Wheezy or Jessie.


There are Personal Package Archives on for Recoll, kio-recoll and recoll-lens. These were built from the latest versions, for a set of Ubuntu series. starting at Lucid. The installation is very simple:

          sudo add-apt-repository ppa:recoll-backports/recoll-1.15-on
          sudo apt-get update
          sudo apt-get install recoll

The 1.19/1.20 packages in the PPA now have a separate package for the Python extension, like the standard ones, so there should be no more conflict issues while switching from the PPA to the normal repositories and back.

Linux Mint

The Ubuntu PPA works perfectly for Mint 13 (and probably other releases too). Just follow the instructions for Ubuntu.


You'll need to install the Xapian, Qt, Qt-Webkit and zlib development packages if you want use the source rpms.


Recoll is present in the standard Fedora package repositories starting from F-12. Fedora 21 has up to date packages. Here are some packages for Fedora 20. There are only x86_64 binaries for now, use the source rpm for other archs.

CentOS 7.1

CentOS ships neither Xapian nor Recoll. Here are some packages.. There are only x86_64 binaries for now, use the source rpm for other archs. As far as I know, the only specific issue is that CentOS does not seem to have the Qt WebKit module. The Recoll build uses QTextBrowser instead of a WebKit QWebView, so no Javascript or advanced CSS in the result list or snippets window for you.


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.


Mac port

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:

  1. Install MacPorts.
  2. Type "sudo port install recoll"

Recoll is then available from the command line and as an icon in the usual MacPorts applications place.

Updated filters

new or updated filters sometimes become available after a release. As a rule, all filters are compatible with all Recoll versions. Any compatibility problem will be explicitely mentionned.


Most of the translations for 1.21 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.). The .qmfile should be copied to /usr/[local/]share/recoll/translations

recoll_xx.ts is a blank Recoll 1.21 message file, handy to work on a new translation. You can also list the directory to see all the translation files (same as those in the 1.20 source branch on Bitbucket).

Updated 1.20/21 translations that became available after the release:

A Danish translation by Morten Langlo: recoll_da.ts recoll_da.qm

Note that, if you are running an older release, you may find updated messages by looking inside the appropriate maintenance branch on bitbucket.