InstaSearch is an Eclipse IDE plug-in for performing quick and advanced search of workspace files. It indexes files using Lucene and keeps the index up to date automatically. The search is performed instantly as-you-type and resulting files are displayed in an Eclipse view.
Each file then can be previewed using few most matching and relevant lines. A double-click on the match leads to the matching line in the file.
In Eclipse please install using the Eclipse Marketplace from the Help menu (how-to)
Alternatively you can install using the update site
Java 1.7 or newer is required
(Add to favorites on Eclipse Marketplace.)
Once InstaSearch is successfully installed, you'll see a nice little "InstaSearch" search tab appear at the bottom:
You can also click the
Search menu option at the top -->
Lucene query syntax can be used for searching. This includes:
proj:MyProject,OtherProject application init
ws:MyWorkingSet dir:src init
name:app* ext:java,xml,txt modified:yesterday
To exclude some folders from search indexing, mark them as Derived in the folder's properties. There are also useful Eclipse Search Tips.
Note: Fuzzy search is started automatically if no exact matches are found
Build using Maven from project root:
To develop you will need Eclipse (3.7+) with Plug-In Development Environment (PDE) installed:
To use the plug-in in existing Eclipse installation do:
Author: Andrejs Jermakovics
Contributions are very welcome so feel free to get in touch or create a pull request.
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