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Search Node Files module indexes files attached to a node, either by upload or filefield modules, and adds it to de node's index on Drupal's search system.

The difference of this module and the search_files module is that this one handles attached files as node's content, and not as individual search results.
So when a file matches the keyword, instead of showing files as search results, the containing node will be listed.

So, any files of supported mimetypes attached to a node with core's upload.module or FileField will be parsed and considered as part of the node's content on indexing.

Supported File Formats

Search Node Files module currently supports the following file formats:

  • Portable Document Format (pdf)
  • MS Word Documents (doc and docx).


  • Doc2txt
  • xpdf's pdftotext tool
  • Perl (to run the bundled 3rd party tool)

Future development

It's useful to create a plugin scheme for filetypes, like Search Files'


The initial development was sponsored by Thiago Régis

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