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Metasearch desktop application

Pinot is a metasearch tool for the Free Desktop built around the Xapian Information Retrieval library, the language guessing functionality of libtextcat and the GTKmm toolkit. It enables one to query sources, display as well as analyze and locally index the returned results. Supported sources are search plugins, either Open Search Description XML or Sherlock files as used by FireFox, the Google SOAP API and Xapian indexes (local or remotely served by xapian-tcpsrv). Supported document types include plain text, HTML, PDF, RTF, MS Word, XML, OpenDocument/StarOffice, mbox, MP3 and Ogg Vorbis. It is expected that more formats will be supported through plugins as the project matures. The main goal is to make all these search engines easily available to the end-user. The second goal is to harness Xapian (and maybe other Information Retrieval toolkits in the future) to index the user's personal documents. Pinot is moving towards what Beagle and Kat do, while still retaining a focus on metasearch. All code is covered by the GNU GPL. The author is Fabrice Colin


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Download version 0.65 (stable)
released on 21 December 2006

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LicenseVerified byVerified onNotes
GPLv2orlaterTed Teah24 April 2006

Leaders and contributors

Fabrice Colin Maintainer

Resources and communication

Audience Resource type URI
Bug Tracking,Developer,Support Mailing List Info/Archive

Software prerequisites

Kind Description
Required to build curl
Required to build libtextcat
Required to build antiword
Required to build GMime
Required to build SQLite
Required to build unrtf
Required to build boost
Required to build mozilla
Required to build gtkmm
Required to build unzip
Required to build shared-mime-info
Required to build libxml++
Required to build GTK+ version 2.4.x.
Required to build taglib
Required to build desktop-file-utils
Required to build gamin
Required to build Xapian
Required to build pdftohtml

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 24 April 2006.


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