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Aba Search and Replace lets you replace text in multiple files, enabling the quick correction of errors across web sites, replacement of graphics and copyright notices, and more.

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What are people saying about Aba Search and Replace

SoftCollector Dear Developer,

I may need a software like Aba to search for and replace Unicode text within Office documents. Can it help me with that?

Kind Regards,
Nov 12 2011 at 5:00am Copy Link
Peter Kankowski Hello, SC,

unfortunately, Aba cannot replace text in Office documents, because they have a complex proprietary file format. But I've added this feature to our TODO list.

Aba Software - Nov 12 2011 at 5:29am Copy Link
Frank Stephens This is a very well-written search / search-and-replace utility. Lean, exceptionally fast, easy to use. This was one of those utilities that I don't normally need, but after checking out the website and features, even though there are freeware offerings, this was well worth the purchase just to have available. The incremental search speed is astonishing. The product is excellent, but it could do with code signing. As for ordering, I hate Plimus, and you can't use a "free" email address (I strongly prefer Gmail).
Nov 12 2011 at 7:53am Copy Link
naveed I just tried the trial and I agree with Frank. The incremental search is amazing! And I really like the leanness of the program, where most of today's programs are seriously bloated.
Nov 12 2011 at 8:36am Copy Link
Peter Kankowski Frank and Ahmed, thank you very much for kind words. In future, I will move from Plimus to another payment processor.
Aba Software - Nov 12 2011 at 4:20pm Copy Link
Frank Stephens I really hope that people take advantage of this BDJ offering. I know that weekends see less traffic, so hopefully this offer will be repeated in the future on a weekday. High-quality code is rare, such vendors are to be rewarded. NTWind and MicroInvention CrossGL also develop good software. CrossGL SnapDraw was offered here a couple of times, but it's now freeware. People think that's great, but it's a disaster. It means that sales were too low, and development has ceased. For me, the search feature of Aba Search and Replace is more important than the search-and-replace feature. Yes, you can get similar freeware, but I haven't seen anything this well written. Incremental search is always active, and the speed is incredible. Yes, I have an SSD and RAID, but it still takes time to read and search through files. Aba read through 6,700 files, 11.5GB, in around 4 minutes, with the UI fully responsive. Smaller folders are almost instantaneous. I'll probably be finding all sorts of uses for this. People just don't understand Windows 7 Search, many claim that it's unreliable. It never fails to find things in indexed locations if you know how to use it. If finds files containing content, but generally doesn't show the content within the files (except for the first match in Window Explorer's Content view). For files and content which are indexed (saved files from IE8+ on Vista+ generally have to have their Indexing attribute set manually) using natural language queries with partial matching enabled, the key thing to remember is that property values can be (and generally should be to avoid a property name match) abbreviated (as in one or more characters left off the end), but property names must be spelled out. If matching files are found without visible matching content, and no match in *any* of the file Properties, it means that invisible content matched. For example, that can happen a lot in HTML and MHTML files. While you can show the source and then search, you can just right-click the file name and use Aba Search and Replace, just start typing in the Search tab and the incremental search will instantly show you all matches with surrounding context, and for some file types, there will be syntax highlighting. Instead of a list of file extensions to search and replace, Aba has an extensive list of extensions to ignore, which of course you can edit. People should really check this offering out. Not only is the download very small, but that also includes the installer, the Help file, and the examples.
Nov 12 2011 at 10:40pm Copy Link
S B This looks very good--powerful, focused, and effective.

I took a serious look after reading the above reviews--many thanks gentlemen!

I'm impressed, too, by the intelligent hints in the author's nice blog.

Now I'm in, too!
Nov 12 2011 at 10:52pm Copy Link
SoftCollector I add my vote to the above posts about Aba being lean and mean, but until search within Office files is implemented we have to agree that its application is rather limited.
Nov 13 2011 at 1:25am Copy Link
Frank Stephens SoftCollector, search and replace of plain text is a limited application in general, but since I don't use MS Office, I don't care about MS Office files. MS has some links concerning Word search and replace, you may have seen them or you may need other Office file types. Search these articles for "Unicode", since that's what you requested:
2010: (doesn't specifically mention Unicode)
How To Insert Or Type Unicode Character In Microsoft Word:
SilverAge Software:
Nov 13 2011 at 3:49am Copy Link
Tore Hoyem I'm looking at Aba now, but I can' t seem to find an obvious way to make it include subfolders in the search.

Am I missing something obvious?
Jun 17 2012 at 3:18am Copy Link
Peter Kankowski Hello, Tore,

subfolders are included into search by default: Aba looks in the specified folder and all its subfolders. Please let me know if anything is unclear.

Aba Software - Jun 17 2012 at 4:05am Copy Link
Stefan Beta tester Aba s&r is small and fully portable. It works fast and reliable.
I can recommend it. I have it in my tool box too.
Jun 17 2012 at 5:29am Copy Link
Tore Hoyem Thanks Peter.
Jun 17 2012 at 6:26am Copy Link
barney Barnes Well, now ... payment badges indicate PayPal, but it's not on the dropdown list. Too bad, I'd like to get the product.
Jun 17 2012 at 8:44am Copy Link
Tore Hoyem Indeed, PayPal is not an option, even though it seems to be offered as a payment option. :-(
Jun 17 2012 at 9:40am Copy Link
William Tattors Exactly what I like to see, a good, long history of development and dedication. Looking like a good tool for the toolbox. I have on numerous occasions needed such a functionality. On board.
Jun 17 2012 at 9:53am Copy Link
Nico Westerdale Sorry guys, this is a Plimus checkout, as regulars here will know Plimus has had a dispute with PayPal and the fallout means we can't offer it as a payment option. Believe me we're as frustrated as you are!
BitsDuJour Admin - Jun 17 2012 at 9:54am Copy Link
SoftCollector Has this, by any chance, started to search in Office documents also?
Jun 17 2012 at 12:47pm Copy Link
Faisal Humayun As a long time user of the very fine TextCrawler (freeware) http://www.digitalvolcano...extcrawler
I downloaded aba to see if this did anything better:
It does. Nearly everything. Way better.

And the incremental search blew me away. Incredible work here.

At this price point, Aba is too good to pass up.
Jun 17 2012 at 1:23pm Copy Link
barney Barnes @nico

Yeah, but the PayPal badge is on the Plimus page. They remind me of 'thirties and 'forties used car salesmen.
Jun 17 2012 at 1:35pm Copy Link
lisba f @ Peter

Is there a way to put limits on the type of files the program searches? (I usually search in Word and PDF files; is it possible to look only aftere those?)
Jun 17 2012 at 3:25pm Copy Link
Frank Stephens lisba f, on the top right, under Options, Limits, you can list file types to exclude (not include), so you should exclude file types which don't want which show up in your results.
Jun 17 2012 at 4:06pm Copy Link
lisba f Thanks, Frank, for your response. I am not sure what you mean by 'non-text' files but, indeed, I use to search *text* in Word files and (searchable text) in PDF files as well. I use to do that with 'X1 Pro' which is a much quicker engine (and with better interface) but I'm curious to know how other engines work (Unicode based always) and possibly to acquire them.
Jun 17 2012 at 5:13pm Copy Link
Frank Stephens lisba f, X1 Pro is like Windows Search, but with different features. If you're using Windows 7, Windows Search works well with natural language queries and partial matching enabled. Particularly if you're using Win7x64, you'll need to download and install Adobe PDF iFilter 9 for 64-bit platforms from the Adobe website (Adobe Acrobat Reader blunder), and rebuild the index (the computer must be set to stay on and must not be in use by the user to do that). If you're looking for files, the best option is to use Win-F (the Windows Start search string is better for other things, but not files). In Windows Explorer, the search string is entered in the upper-right, Win7 has automatic GUI assistance, which can be handy but I generally don't like and don't use. It will indicate terms taken as Properties plus Property Values by showing them in blue. If you notice that something appears to be parsed incorrectly, it generally means that you encountered an unexpected Property match. I generally leave off at least the last letter of common words to avoid undesired Property (vs. value) matches. The endless features of Windows Search are far too numerous and complex to go into here.
Jun 17 2012 at 5:57pm Copy Link
lisba f Frank, I must admit that I haven't used enough Windows Search, neither ifilter. I have to look further into them and thank you for mentioning. I have Win 7-64 and Adobe Acrobat 9 and 10; ifilter is a plugin that does not come by default with them, I guess. I don't mean to occupy more of the BDJ friendly space - just to ask you: after that said, do I really need to purchase Aba Search? (since the offer ends soon and after a little while I'll be away from my desk). Thank you, again.
ps. If you have in mind some source that can help me educate myself with search issues I would appreciate.
Jun 17 2012 at 7:04pm Copy Link
Frank Stephens Microsoft needs to get after Adobe. Even if you install Adobe PDF iFilter 9 x64, the next Acrobat Reader update may delete it. You'll have to check the indexed file types, and if necessary, reinstall the iFilter and rebuild the Search Index.
Jun 17 2012 at 7:07pm Copy Link
Peter Kankowski Thanks to everybody for kind words about the program.

@ Barney Barnes
Unfortunately, we don't accept PayPal. I'm sorry for the misleading badge. At our purchase page (go to, click Register), there is no PayPal badge. The Plimus page that you saw is controlled by BitsDuJour; other discounted software vendors may support PayPal, and they don't adjust it for each vendor.
Aba Software - Jun 17 2012 at 7:07pm Copy Link
Peter Kankowski @ Lisba F

X1 Pro and Windows search build an index of your files. The search gets faster, but the indexing takes some time and space on your hard disk. Aba is different; it just looks over your files at the highest possible speed. It's also possible to use regular expressions and replace text in files with Aba.
Aba Software - Jun 17 2012 at 7:16pm Copy Link
Frank Stephens lisba f, Aba is great for pure text searches where you don't need an index. Do I have much use for it? No, but it's one of those tools that when you need it, you need it. You'll have to decide whether the price is worth it to you, you may never need it. Unfortunately, Microsoft has chosen to leave much of Windows Search undocumented. It's very time-consuming, but you can read what Microsoft documentation there is on the horrible full search syntax (I much prefer the ease-of-use and capabilities of natural language queries with partial matching), and adapt it to natural language queries and just experiment with the quirkiness of Microsoft's implementation. Search is changed again in Windows 8, but I may not upgrade. There are new, useful features, but most serious and business users have no use for Metro. Microsoft realized that the market is moving toward smartphones and tablets, and that they're getting stomped by Apple and Google. They decided to target the lowest common denominator, and dumbed-down the UI across the board to run on the weakest smartphones. They figure that people will get used to the UI, and select Microsoft tablets and smartphones. Instead, they may wind up losing their only strength, the desktop. At this rate, my next PC may be an Apple.
Jun 17 2012 at 7:22pm Copy Link
lisba f Peter, what do you mean by 'regular expressions' and how I can use them with Aba?
Jun 17 2012 at 7:27pm Copy Link
Peter Kankowski @ Lisba F
To limit the search to some file types, use a file mask. For example, if you want to search in HTML and CSS files only, add *.htm|*.css to the "In files" field.

@ Soft Collector
It will support Word documents in one of the next version. I'm working on this, but it's not an easy task; the Office documents have a complex proprietary format.
Aba Software - Jun 17 2012 at 7:28pm Copy Link
lisba f Peter,
('It will support Word documents in one of the next version')
replacing does not work with Word for the time being?
Jun 17 2012 at 7:34pm Copy Link
Peter Kankowski Unfortunately, it cannot replace in Word files at this moment.

Regular expressions are small language for text processing. Using them, you can find all lines starting with some text; anything between two HTML tags; repeating words; several words in any order, etc. Please take a look at these pages:
Aba Software - Jun 17 2012 at 7:42pm Copy Link
SoftCollector Dear Peter,

Thank you for your answer. As noted earlier, until Aba adds the ability to search within Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.) files and PDF files (as noted by lisba f. above) its functionality remains rather limited for the average user. I spend 12 hours per day in front of my computer, being a translator and editor, and I very seldom use pure *.txt files, let alone *.css and *.html

I reserve the right to buy it when said functionality is added.

Thank you for creating an otherwise fast and dependable product!

Kind Regards,
Jun 18 2012 at 12:18am Copy Link
Peter Kankowski Thank you for kind words. Most of my clients are web developers and power users maintaining their own web sites; they need to search and replace in *.css and *.html files, often with complex regular expressions (e.g., change all relative links to absolute ones when adding subdomains). So, they need such features as regular expressions and syntax highlight.

In future versions, I will consider the needs of other people, especially MS Word users. Many thanks for your suggestions.
Aba Software - Jun 18 2012 at 1:02am Copy Link
Kimmo Lahtinen Hello,

I just missed the 50% offer, I was planning to buy it, but this morning was to busy at work. Perhaps next time.

I did notice that you have 20 % offer now, but it does not feel so good as 50 %. :)
Jun 18 2012 at 1:46am Copy Link
Peter Kankowski Kimmo, you can use the coupon "SearchDragon" for another day or two (depending on your time zone).
Aba Software - Jun 18 2012 at 5:07am Copy Link
Kimmo Lahtinen Hello,
Thank you very much. I bought the program as it worked fine. I have immediately a little need for it as soon as I have little time to learn the program a little better.
Jun 18 2012 at 12:23pm Copy Link
SoftCollector Any luck with the earlier requested feature of searching within Office documents?
Nov 4 2012 at 11:34am Copy Link
Peter Kankowski Sorry, not yet. As I said previously, it will take a lot of time to implement this feature.
Aba Software - Nov 4 2012 at 5:24pm Copy Link
Stew Cam This is a really handy little search and replace utility. I have some other more high powered programs for search and replace, but this is great for quick processing of text based files in a directory . It starts quickly and has a very easy to use interface. It would be better if it stored recent search requests. Also, it struggles with a high volume of hits. SoftCollector, if you want to search Office docs, have a look at FileLocator Pro.
Nov 6 2012 at 1:31am Copy Link
Peter Kankowski Stew, thank you for the kind words about the program. You probably use an old version, because storing the recent search requests is implemented in the current version. You can upgrade for free: download and install the new version from Then press the small button with downward arrow (to the right of the "Search for" field) to see the list of search requests.

If you need to find a large number of hits, please increase the limit in Options. The limit is introduced to avoid overloading your computer. Aba immediately tries to find the text as you are typing it. If you have entered just the first letter, it will be found in a lot of documents, so the list will take too much memory. To avoid this problem, I added the limit that can be increased if you have a fast PC.
Aba Software - Nov 6 2012 at 5:04am Copy Link
Roberto this is a 400kb gem.

i bought another tools (some ~150$) but Aba is really a must have.
Nov 6 2012 at 9:41am Copy Link
Amit Was looking for such software - However I have some queries -

1) Can it also be used as a regular file search software too - like copernic ? To be used as a FOLDERS AND FILES search tool as well - not just content ?

2) Can it be used to scan .rtf and likewise similar files too - not talking bout ms office documents - but only rtf etc.

3) Can it also search inside ebooks - formats like kindle .awz, .epub for eg.

4) If a file has a large no. of occurences of the keyword that is searched - will all (say unlimited) be shown inside the aba window - or it has limit on shown matches INSIDE EACH FILE too ?

Nov 6 2012 at 7:49pm Copy Link
Peter Kankowski Hello, Amit,

1) unfortunately, no, it cannot be used to look in the file names.

2) Yes, you can search in RTF, HTML, and other text-based formats. You can download Aba for free and try it on your files.
Aba Software - Nov 6 2012 at 9:34pm Copy Link
Gary Robinson Sir, I trying to buy but it says I can not use my free email account to make the purchase. Can you help. Thank you for any help that you can provide.
Nov 7 2012 at 2:44am Copy Link
Peter Kankowski Dear Mr. Robinson,

I'm very sorry for inconvenience. The free email addresses are blocked because most fraudulent orders come from them. It's a usual practice; see for example.

If you don't have an email account from your ISP, please contact me privately at and provide your email address; I will personally allow it.

Sorry again for the trouble.

Aba Software - Nov 7 2012 at 3:57am Copy Link
VLM Is PDF support planned?

Is Directory Opus support planned?
Nov 7 2012 at 5:04am Copy Link
Peter Kankowski Unfortunately, PDF support is not planned, because it would be too complex or expensive to implement.

You can integrate Aba with Directory Opus. In Directory Opus, go to "Settings - Customize Toolbars - User-defined Commands - Add new user command" and browse for the Aba executable file, then type {sourcepath} after it. Fill other fields like on this screenshot: Then drag the user-defined command on a toolbar or assign it a hotkey.
Aba Software - Nov 7 2012 at 5:46am Copy Link
Michael R. Can I use all the functionality via command line parameters?
If yes, how?
I can't find a description about them in the html-help on your website...
Nov 7 2012 at 7:26am Copy Link
Amit Please reply to the other two questions too.
Nov 7 2012 at 1:37pm Copy Link
Peter Kankowski Amit, please find my reply above.

Michael, you can pass one parameter, the path to the folder to search in. In the next version, I'm planning to expose all the functionality via command-line parameters.
Aba Software - Nov 7 2012 at 4:53pm Copy Link
Michael R. Thanks, Bought... I'm looking forward for this feature.
Nov 7 2012 at 11:59pm Copy Link
Stefan Hauber Lifetime free upgrades is great, but are there any upgrades to be expectable, since the last version v2.2 is from 2012...

Btw. does this program support command-line-usage too, e.g. call it's GUI with a predefined profile?
Jun 6 2017 at 4:49am Copy Link
Peter Kankowski Hi Stefan. I'm working on a new version now. In the current version, you can specify the directory or the files to search in on command line, see I plan to add more command-line parameters in the next version.
Aba Software - Jun 6 2017 at 6:58am Copy Link
Roberto I use this software daily. Best wishes Peter... Awesome tool.
Jun 6 2017 at 4:44pm Copy Link
Peter Kankowski Hi Roberto. Thank you very much for the kind words.
Aba Software - Jun 6 2017 at 8:49pm Copy Link
naveed I bought this a long time ago and think it's an amazing tool. I did have some issues with windows 10, and I see it hasn't been updated since 2013. I don't mind paying for a new version, I really wish the developer would update and test it for windows 10.
May 6 2021 at 1:58pm Copy Link
Roberto It works perfectly for me on win10. What's the exact problem on your side?

I'm an every day user of Aba.

Excellent tool, best regards to the developer... a great guy.
May 6 2021 at 2:46pm Copy Link
Peter Kankowski Hi Naveed and Roberto. Thank you so much for the kind words. I'm planning to release a new version in a month.
Aba Software - May 6 2021 at 10:29pm Copy Link
naveed The problem is this: I have a vue project with a typical deep node-modules folder. I just tried to do a search on the vue project folder and I get this error:

"The system cannot find the path specified.

Error code 3"
May 9 2021 at 3:14pm Copy Link
Peter Kankowski Hi Naveed. Thank you so much, I will contact you for additional info by email. Hope to fix this bug in the next version
Aba Software - May 9 2021 at 10:29pm Copy Link
Patrick Teo Hi, I downloaded to test before purchase.

But I barely was able to test and I get this error:

The data area passed to a system call is too small.

I have never encountered such an error before.

Another question is does ABA Search and Replace accepts command-line parameter that would enable me to integrate with programs like Directory Opus. If so, where can I find the command-line parameters that it accepts.
May 9 2021 at 10:36pm Copy Link
Peter Kankowski Hi Patrick, thank you, I will investigate. Feel free to contact me via the website (

Yes, you can pass the current directory from Directory Opus to Aba S&R, see here: If you pass several parameters, then the first one should be the directory path, and the next ones should be the file names. Thank you
Aba Software - May 9 2021 at 10:48pm Copy Link
Paul User What flavour of regular expressions does the software use, please? POSIX, PCRE, something else? Thanks for your time.
Jul 28 at 4:35pm Copy Link
Peter Kankowski Hi Paul, thank you for the question. Aba uses its own regular expression engine, which is mostly compatible with PCRE. I’m adding new regular expression features now; they will be released with the next free update.
Aba Software - Jul 28 at 8:02pm Copy Link
Peter Kankowski Just to add: in comparison with PCRE, we support more character encodings (UTF-8, UTF-16, and extended ASCII).
Aba Software - Jul 28 at 8:09pm Copy Link

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