Add file search in seafile community edition

Seafile 7 is out now! How exciting!

It would be even more exciting if the CE version 7 that will be released in a few weeks included a basic file search! :slight_smile:


As soon as Nextcloud got deltasync im switching to it because of this.

But the Nextcloud file sync client is bugged

What do you mean by bugged?

The situation with slow filetransfer should be fixed as soon as deltasync is implemented which will take quite some time from now on…

The missing filesearch and the fact that encrypted libraries leaks a lot of meta information (which is known since 2014 oder something like that) kinda pushes me towards NC…

Edit: Leaking meta information is known since 2013 (!)

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For example :

Yes the sync is better on seafile, i also like it more because its not cloose as bloated as NC, but like i said… ignororing security related bugs since 6 years and missing on basic features like a filesearch does push me towards NC…

My dession isnt final yet but if the situation doesnt change in the near future, ill switch for sure.



This is pretty devastating and a strong case against using Seafile. The feature comparison specifically mentions that Full Text search is not present with CE but no search at all is a slap in the face and keeps your potential users from making an informed choice. The features list for CE should be changed to expressly state that there is NO SEARCH, not just Full Text. Obviously they know how important this is or it wouldn’t be hidden.

I’ve been using this a few days to evaluate whether or not we should migrate from another service to Seafile Pro (because full text search and other features would be really nice!) and it seemed to be checking all the boxes but this is likely a deal breaker and feels shady. Thankfully someone posted earlier that the Pro edition is lacking in this as well, so we won’t be sold into a license that won’t work, either. More shady feels.

It’s like ordering a sandwich that only comes with one kind of bread but when you get it there’s no bread at all, and when you say “Hey, where’s the bread?”, the sandwich maker admits they deceived you and has never intended to buy any. A huge trust breaker, not the best look for a secure file sharing service.


Did you just call other people stupid for not using cracked software?


Just because one knows how to crack software doesn’t mean you should brag about it. Calling someone stupid within a community is also a no-go. What do you want to achieve with your post?

I’ve just installed Seafile CE on my BananaPi and I love it. :slight_smile: On the other hand I was very astonished when I realized that Seafile CE lacks basic file search based on file names. This is a feature every other free selfhosting cloud storage solution provides and that I would definitely consider basic functionality.

So please add this to the next CE version. I believe there would be still a lot of features left to make people want to upgrade to Pro if needed. Thanks in advance and thank you again for this great piece of free software! :slight_smile:


hello is search broke on demo?

demo is pro version?

A file name search that not depend on ElasticSearch (a heavy java program) will be added to the CE edition in later version. (Maybe version 8.0 or 8.1)


Thanks @daniel.pan!

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Maybe you could add this to the roadmap, so people stop asking for it. It will surely also be good advertisment. :slight_smile:

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Yay! Thank you!

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Dear Daniel,

Please expose this in the Web API; there is search already, but it seems to be within content; just basic exact substring matches anywhere in the filename would be fine, no regex, no proximity, in unencrypted libraries, at least. Should be quick and without external dependencies; also it might need a new entry point, how about /api/filter?q=part+of+filename; possibly a starting point, ie. library uuid or path within that.

A Happy New Year :slight_smile:

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After reading this reply, it is exciting and I really hope to add the search function. Thank you very much.

After that unofficial announcement on the forum back in January, it’s now almost September and this is STILL NOT in the roadmap. When is the search intended to be added?

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It will be added in version 8.0.


I tried Pro version for 3 users. But my NAS seems to be too week. Elasticsearch used all the RAM and CPU went sky high. So now I am on community version and it works great. Looking forward to search engine that is not that CPU/Memory heavy.

Thank you.

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