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I am trying to source a tool for performing a search and replace of text files in a directory.

I think this is similar to what grep does for linux. I was hoping to find a tool with a gui so I could find all files that contain a text string and then replace it.

Don't want to use cygwin to use grep. Grep for Windows appears to only work for 30 days and is 30$

Anyone know of another similar tool?

Thanks in advance.

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There are the free GNUWin32 packages, which contain most of the common command-line utilities found on *nix systems, including grep. Spend a little time learning awk and sed and you won't need any GUIs.


There are several free/cheap text editors that have much of the functionality you're looking for built-in. My personal favorite is Sublime Text 2, as it's cross-platform, and many people like Notepad++, which is only available for Windows.

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Or just use notepad++. It's what I do when I'm forced to use windows and can't install what I want as freely. – SBI Jun 21 '13 at 11:47
@SBI I was considering mentioning Sublime Text 2, perhaps I will now... – MattDMo Jun 21 '13 at 11:48
It's obviously not the best option, but it gets the job done and requires minimal time spent installing. – SBI Jun 21 '13 at 11:50
I never realized that Sublime Text 2 supported this, I have just tested it and it works great! Thanks – Martin Jun 21 '13 at 12:20
Sublime is great, I love it! – MattDMo Jun 21 '13 at 12:27

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