How to use Search Monkey to find files and folders in Linux quickly
Need to find files and folders on your Linux PC quickly? Take a look at Search Monkey! It is an excellent application that can find files and folders at lightning speed. This guide will show you how you can use Search Monkey to search for files on your Linux system.
Installing Search Monkey on Linux
The Search Monkey application is not pre-installed on any Linux operating system. As a result, we need to demonstrate how to install the application on Linux before going over how you can use it to search for folders and files.
To install the Search Monkey application on your computer, you will need a terminal window. You can open a terminal window on the Linux desktop by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T on the keyboard. Or search for “Terminal” in the application menu and run it that way.
With the terminal window open and ready to go, you can begin the Search Monkey installation. Follow the installation instructions below that correspond to the Linux operating system you are currently using.
Since Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, the Search Monkey application has been available for installation in the “Universe” software repository. In order for the application to work on your Ubuntu system, you will need to enable this repository.
To enable the “Universe” software repository, enter the following add-apt-repository command in the terminal window.
sudo add-apt-repository universe
After adding the software repository to your computer, you will need to update the software sources. To do that, enter the following upgrade command in a terminal.
sudo apt update
Finally, with the Universe software repository enabled and ready to go, you will be able to install Search Monkey on your computer using the fit to install command.
sudo apt install searchmonkey
If you are using Debian 11, 10, 9 or Sid, the Search Monkey application is available for installation in the “Main” software repository. To make it work on your computer, use the following apt-get install command in a terminal window.
sudo apt-get install searchmonkey
Unfortunately, the Search Monkey app is not officially supported by Arch developers and cannot be found in any official repository. Fortunately, however, you can still get it to work on Arch Linux via the Arch Linux User Repository.
To get started with AUR, you will need to install the Trizen AUR wizard. For this application to work, enter the following commands in a terminal window in succession.
sudo pacman -S git base-devel git clone https://aur.archlinux.org/trizen.git cd trizen/ makepkg -sri
Finally, with the Trizen AUR helper up and running, install the latest version of Search Monkey on your computer using the trizen -S command.
trizen -S searchmonkey-gtk
Fedora and OpenSUSE
If you use Fedora or OpenSUSE, you can make Search Monkey work. However, you will have to download an RPM file and install it, as your operating system does not officially support the application.
To get your hands on the latest Search Monkey RPM, use the following wget download command in a terminal window.
wget https://sourceforge.net/projects/searchmonkey/files/gSearchmonkey%20GTK%20%28Gnome%29/0.8.3%20%5Bstable%5D/searchmonkey-0.8.3-1.el7.centos.x86_64.rpm/download -O ~/Downloads/searchmonkey-0.8.3-1.el7.centos.x86_64.rpm
After downloading the RPM package to your computer, install it on your Fedora or OpenSUSE system with the following commands.
Fedora cd ~/Downloads/ sudo dnf install searchmonkey-0.8.3-1.el7.centos.x86_64.rpm
cd ~/Downloads/ sudo zypper install searchmonkey-0.8.3-1.el7.centos.x86_64.rpm
Use Search Monkey to search for files and folders
Open the application through the application menu to search for files and folders with Search Monkey on your Linux system. With Search Monkey open, follow the step-by-step instructions below.
Paso 1: Within the Search Monkey application, find the “Options” tab and click on it with your mouse. By selecting the “Options” tab, you will access the Search Monkey options area.
Paso 2: In the options area, look for “Ignore files beginning with ‘.’ and uncheck the box. If you deselect this option, Search Monkey will be able to search hidden folders on your Linux computer.
Paso 3: Find the “Basic” tab and click on it with the mouse. On the “Basic” tab, find the “Files” text box. In this text box, type your search term.
Paso 4: Find the “Contains” text box and check the box next to it. Then write a keyword in the file that can help Search Monkey locate what you are looking for.
If you don’t want to search with the “Contain” function, feel free to skip this step.
Paso 5: Find the magnifying glass icon and click on it to search. Search Monkey will take some time, but when the search is complete, you will see the results in the lower left corner of the application.
To access the files in Search Monkey’s search results, right-click and select “Browse Folder.” Alternatively, click “Delete File” if you want to delete the file from your computer.