How to do things
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List biggest files
List newest files
Show subdir sizes
Search in files
Replace word in files
List dir differences
Send files in LAN

Free Open Source:

Swiss File Knife

a command line
multi function tool.

remove tabs
list dir sizes
find text
filter lines
find in path
collect text
instant ftp or
http server
file transfer
send text
patch text
patch binary
run own cmd
convert crlf
dup file find
md5 lists
fromto clip
split files
list latest
compare dirs
save typing
trace http
echo colors
head & tail
find classes
dep. listing
speed shell
zip search
zip dir list

Depeche View
Source Research
First Steps

windows GUI

the d3caster
java game engine

command line
file encryption

free external tools,
zero install effort,
usb stick compliant:

zip and unzip
diff and merge
reformat xml
reformat source

java sources

thread creation

cpp sources

log tracing
mem tracing
using printf


stat. c array
stat. java array
var. c array
var. java array
view all text
as you type
surf over text
find by click
quick copy
multi view
find nearby
find by path
location jump
skip accents
clip match
filter lines
edit text
load filter
hotkey list
receive text
send in C++
send in Java
smooth scroll
touch scroll
fly wxWidgets
fly over Qt
search Java


Display the result of an sfk command chain directly

with the free Depeche View for windows, using the +view or +fview chain command.
- download the free Swiss File Knife Base from Sourceforge.
- open the Windows CMD command line, Mac OS X Terminal or Linux shell.
- OS X : type mv sfk-mac-64.exe sfk and chmod +x sfk then ./sfk
- Linux: type mv sfk-linux-64.exe sfk    and chmod +x sfk then ./sfk
  OS X and Linux syntax may differ, check the help within the tool.
SFK The Book - Read Syntax In The Subway.
sfk ... +view [-noshl|-nocol] ["-..."]

Show SFK command text output interactively in Depeche View,
a high speed text browser and filter tool for Windows which
also runs on Linux/Mac if WINE is installed.

The tool allows browsing of text with soft scrolling
and instant search as you type or click on words.

Depeche View can also be used standalone, to browse and
search all text from office 2007 files of a folder.

Type sfk getdv to download Depeche View Lite now,
or visit for more infos.
The tool is fully portable and needs no installation.

Many SFK commands allow to add +view to have their output
shown instantly in DView. This requires dview, dview.exe
or dview.bat being located in the PATH. If you have downloaded
an executable like dview155.exe, rename it before use.

DView can be run under Linux and Mac, but this is experimental
and unsupported. The latest WINE version must be installed.
Google for "linux wine", or search it in your package manager.

use as a chain command, or to display stdin:

   +[f]view can be used only after another command
   producing a list of filenames or plain text data:

      +view  expects text as input.
      +fview expects a list of filenames or HTTP URLs.

   or use "sfk view -i" to display text from stdin.

   -nocol[or]   disable colored output and display.
                set this if you're using dview < 1.1.4
                or any other viewer.
   -wrap[=n]    wrap lines at column n. currently, this feature
                disables colors (implies -nocol), but depending
                on the content processed, dview may still show
                colors based on syntax highlighting.
   -noshl       disable syntax highlighting at dview.
   "-x1 -x2"    all other options are passed through unchanged
                to the viewer application. if multiple parameters
                have to be passed, surround them by double quotes.
   -verbose     tell verbosely which target binary is invoked.
   -noback      by default, dview is run as a background process,
                by prefixing the overall command with "start ".
                say -noback to let sfk wait until dview is stopped.

dview options and parameters
   all non sfk options and parameters are passed through, like:

   -tab n                set tab size n (dview 1.6.3 or higher)
   -area 20:20:600:400   open at position 20,20 with size 600x400
   -find "a text"        search a text instantly
   -sfind "a \qtext\q"   search text given with slash patterns

   for all dview options try: dview -help -find "all*options"

temporary files
   this command creates a temporary file which is currently
   not deleted. type "sfk help options" for options on that.

using a different viewer
   when viewing a list of files, this command runs
      "dview -flist tmpfilename"
   with tmpfilename containing a list of filenames.

   when viewing text line output, this command runs
      "dview tmpfilename"
   with tmpfilename containing ascii text data.

   specify -verbose to see what is invoked in detail.

   sfk list docs .txt +fview
      view content of all .txt files in directory docs.

   sfk echo x +view -verbose
      tell verbosely which dview(.exe?) executable is actually used.

   sfk list docs .txt +ffilter -+foo -hitfiles +fview "-max -over"
      view all .txt files from docs containing "foo", pass options
      -max -over to the viewer, showing a maximized window in overscan
      mode (without any title bar).

   sfk list docs .txt +ffilter -+foo +view "-space 0:0:40"
      view only text lines from docs containing "foo", in a window
      covering the whole desktop, except for 40 pixels at the bottom.

   sfk fromclip +view
      display current clipboard content (plain text only).

   tar tvf foo.tar | sfk view -i
      display a tar file's content listing.

   sfk larc -size -time -withdirs foo.tar +view
      the same, with sfk reading the .tar directly.

   sfk filter urls.txt +fview
      if urls.txt contains HTTP URLs like
      then dview 1.7.1 or higher will load them,
      allowing interactive search and filtering.

   sfk filt calls.txt -form "http://.100$col1" +fview
      if calls.txt contains paths like
      expand them like
      and load these into dview for interactive filtering.

sfk is a free open-source tool, running instantly without installation efforts. no DLL's,
no registry changes - just get sfk.exe from the zip package and use it (binaries for
windows, linux and mac are included).

read more about all sfk functions here.

Download the free Depeche View Lite Text Search Tool