Unix-like systems: using extended attributes

User extended attributes are named pieces of information that most modern file systems can attach to any file.

Recoll processes extended attributes as document fields by default.

A freedesktop standard defines a few special attributes, which are handled as such by Recoll:


If set, this overrides any other determination of the file MIME type.


If set, this defines the file character set (mostly useful for plain text files).

By default, other attributes are handled as Recoll fields of the same name.

On Linux, the user prefix is removed from the name.

The name translation can be configured more precisely inside the fields configuration file.