Recoll for Windows was built on Windows 7, and tried on Windows 7 and 10. It does not work on Windows XP.

The Recoll source code is free and licensed under the GPL. As a regular user, and in a nutshell, you are free to do what you want with the program (use, copy, share, etc.). If you intend to modify and redistribute Recoll, you need to take a better look.

I request a small fee for downloading the Windows binary version.

  • If the sum is too large for you because you have very limited means (e.g. you live in a developping country), please contact me:

  • No effort is made to prevent bypassing the payment. I am sure that you will find a way if you want to.

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Note for updating

Recoll versions 1.23.0-9c5e32-20161216 and 1.23.0-2bfd80-20161115 had been switched to using Xapian 1.4 which has a new and different index format. Due to issues in Xapian 1.4, I have switched back to using Xapian 1.2 as of Recoll 1.23.0-2017-01-07-78b8ad.

This simply means that, if your index was created by one of the above versions, it will have to be recreated from scratch after installing the current Recoll version. I advise explicitely deleting $HOME/AppData/Local/Recoll/xapiandb, as this will avoid leaving around 1.4 files which would take space for nothing otherwise.


  • Start recoll. It will ask if you want to customize the configuration. The default is to index the content of your user directory. Then start indexing. This can take some time.

  • The default result list font is particularly ugly. Change it from Preferences->GUI Configuration->Result List->Result List Font

  • Have a look at the Recoll manual !

  • I have also started a small Recoll on MS-Windows FAQ.


Please use the Recoll issues tracker for reporting problems, or contact me by email: jfd at

Known problems:

  • Setting the log level to 4 or higher can cause the GUI to deadlock while displaying results. This will be fixed in a future release.

  • Indexing is very slow, especially when using external commands (e.g. for PDF files). I don’t know if this is a case of my doing something stupid, or if the general architecture is really bad fitted for Windows. If someone with good Windows programming knowledge reads this, I’d be very interested by a discussion. Windows indexing can be ten times slower than the Linux version. The index formats are compatible, so, if you have shared Linux/Windows data, it’s best to process it on Linux.

  • Filtering by directory location (dir: clauses) used to be case-sensitive, including drive letters. This is hopefully fixed by the November 2016 version.

  • Also, when filtering the search with a dir: clause, an absolute path should be specified as /c/mydir instead of c:/mydir

  • There is no real-time or scheduled indexing as on Linux. For now, you create and update the index by using the File menu (or executing recollindex.exe from a command window).

  • (Fixed in version 1.23.3-20170904) Having a drive root (e.g.: c:/) in the topdirs (things to index) list does not work (it indexes nothing). You need to list the sub-directories to index. This will be fixed in a future release.

Change Log

Changes in 20161115

  • File path names case sensitivity and other small path issues should be fixed.

  • Based on Xapian 1.4. New stemming languages are available (e.g. Arabic).

  • Fixed date display encoding issues.

Changes in 20160414

  • The setup script has changed back to needing administrator rights, because this is what is convenient for most people. Use the installation directory archive to install in a non-standard location without admin rights.

  • Fixed a bug which had the whole indexing stop if a script would time out on a specific file (it will very rarely happen that a pathologically bad file can throw an input handler in a loop).

Changes in 20160317

  • Small change to the setup script so that administrative rights are not required.

Changes/fixes in 20160129

  • Changed the method used for checking that index data is up to date with documents. This will impose a re-indexing of all data, but it was necessary because the previous method was incorrect.

  • Fixed crash which occured after changing some configuration parameters.

  • Warn when editing a temporary copy of a document (e.g. a temp file extracted from a zip archive.

Changes in 20151202

  • Fixed mbox parsing. This was getting the message separators completely wrong, and taking a lot of time to do it. This should be especially welcome by Thunderbird users.

  • Fixed email attachement processing. A fault in the code which saved attachment data to disk for further processing resulted in a practical fuzzing experiment on the input processors. Especially, frequent crashes in the image tag extractor caused very ennoying Windows popups about a Python error.

Fixed in 20151115 and later

  • A relatively rare crash which seemed to occur mostly on some email messages

  • Forgotten MIME settings for .cs, .js and .css

Fixed in 20151112 and later

  • Forgotten dll prevents the unrtf program to work, so no rtf indexing.

Fixed in 20151109 (hopefully?)

  • The GUI sometimes crashes when you click Preview or Open. This does not occur often, and usually for one of the first tries after starting the program. Don’t despair. This seems to be fixed in the latest version (20151109), but I am not 100% certain that it is gone.


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