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I happen to have large collection of ebooks, which are PDFs and DjVus (with text layer). I would like to be able to "search" the contents of my ebooks for phrases. After some time spent on googling the issue, I found no software (except for discontinued Google Desktop Search) that is capable of reading text layer in .djvu files.

My needs are fairly simple: I don't need indexing emails, metadata in JPGs, etc. Just PDFs and DjVus and maybe plain text files. I need to have good control about what to index (Just one directory, and exactly nothing more).

I am using Windows.

Does anyone here knows any solution to this problem?

The programs I looked so far are:

  • Beagle
  • Copernic Desktop Search
  • Terrier
  • Google Desktop (discontinued)

Maybe the best advise is to stick to the Google Desktop Search? If so, can it be configured to index only specific directories?

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Consider Archivarius 3000 at

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Welcome to Super User! Whilst this may theoretically answer the question, it would be preferable to include the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the link for reference. – Ivo Flipse Jun 13 '12 at 10:46
I tried it and can confirm, that this program indeed has support for .DjVu. Actually, it has more features and supports more formats I can imagine. Wow! – Adam Ryczkowski Jun 15 '12 at 8:55

If you use windows 7 you can install third-party IFilters for PDF and DJVU, and use build-in search as explained in How to search inside files on Windows 7? I used the followinf IFilters:

  • The IFilter for PDF from SumatraPDF reader, please use this build for 64bit version. Make sure you tick appropriate check mark in "Option" menu when installing SumatraPDF.
  • The IFilter from DjVu Shell Extension Pack, which provides more useful feature to work with DJVU.
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Good to know! Thank you. Unfortunately I use Windows XP, so this solution is not an option. – Adam Ryczkowski Aug 24 '12 at 15:14

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