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

The current download version is 1.26.4 (2020-01-12).

1.26 has a number of improvements, especially on Windows, support for spelling suggestions and an interface to the scheduler for automatic index updates.

The data for English spell suggestions is included in the download. You can find other languages here.

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.

Privacy: Recoll does not connect to any external location, not even to check for a newer version. Your data remains on your computer.

I request a small fee for downloading and using the Windows binary version. I don’t use it myself, so it makes it worth my while (building the thing and its dependancies on Windows is no piece of cake).

  • 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:

  • If you downloaded an older version relatively recently, feel free to reuse the download link (which you get from the paypal page) to get the new version. If the link does not work any more, please contact me.

  • No big effort is made to prevent bypassing the payment or ensuring that the link is only used once, the whole thing is just there to make it slightly more difficult to get it free than to pay the small amount.

Recoll for Windows download contribution

When the payment is done, click the 'back to merchant site' link from the PayPal site. If this does not work, or if you have a comment about the process, please contact me:


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

Known problems:

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

  • Indexing is quite slow compared to the Linux version (up to 10 times slower, but still usable), 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. The Linux and Windows index formats are compatible, so, if you have shared Linux/Windows data, it’s best to process it on Linux.

  • 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).


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