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granular search capabilities

granular search capabilities

I am finding the Egnyte Search interface to be far too simplistic to be useful.  I would like to request an advanced search form that lets users add multiple search terms, essentially building up a query with and/or logic.  Here are some search terms that I would like to see:

  •  filename contains
  • filename ends with
  • text contents contains (phrase or words)
  • date before/after/range
  • File size larger/smaller
  • search in specific location
  • NOT - e.g. name does not contain, file size not less than a given amount

It seems clear that Egnyte is certainly capable of such granular searching - it's just a question of building an interface that allows these searches to be defined.

Below is a screenshot that illustrates these capabilities in use by the Mac search application HoudahSpot.  That app is an exellent replacement for the built-in Spotlight search interface.  Search terms, such as those given above, can be added and removed as lines (e.g. name contains, text content, etc).  In this example I added quite a few terms, and even some NOT terms.

egnyte granular search request - houdahspot example.png

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Thanks for the feedback, @John Feinberg1.  When we added search filters we favored simplicity that would be usable by both technical and non-technical users, but I understand what you're looking for.  

We're considering bringing some of this capability to our "advanced search" view that is currently only accessible for custom metadata fields, but which we can potentially expand to other fields.  

We are very interested in this advanced search feature as well!

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Absolutely. Advanced Search features would be extremely helpful for our oragnization.

Love it! Search manipulation is my superpower but, I can use a power up.

I am finding the search feature in the Web UI very limiting. I would like to be able to export my results of the search as well as do everything that has been listed above in this post. 

I also would like the ability to search by one of the search drop-downs, ie. "Any Location", "Any Type", Uploaded any time", "Updated By" and not have to put anything in the actual search bar. Use Case: If I want to see everything one user updated in Egnyte, I want to select their name, and then click search. Right now you have to type something in the search field as well to have any results return. 

It would really make the user exerience a lot easier with these search capabilities included within Egnyte. 

Thank you in advance. 


and I would find it extremely helpful not just to extend the seach options as suggested here, but also to be able to change the sort order of the results, e.g. by date, by file name etc


I completely concur - this kind of search functionality is what I would expect in any computer filing system, and lack of it is one part of what makes Egnyte unusable for our organisation. I am surprised Egnyte got to version 1.0 without parallel search functions to File Explorer! 

The most critical is basic sort by date (and date modified) and name and size in any view.

I need to be able to search based on specific time ranges, and often longer than 1 year. We should also be able to include trash in the search.