Box Drive Spotlight Indexing - Will this ever be a feature?

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  • Official comment

    Hi Alexander, 

    Welcome to the Box Community!

    We appreciate you following up on this product feature request.

    Currently this feature suggestion is not in our roadmap and at present, Spotlight search on Box Drive is a known limitation.

    If this is something you would like to be able to do, I would highly recommend up-voting and sharing your experience on this feature request via!

    Our product managers review these requests and take them into consideration for future product development.

    Thanks again for your participation in the Community!


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  • Thomas Bjorkman

    Spotlight searching of information stored on the hard drive is a fundamental functionality. The workaround (Box search) is not satisfactory. 

    I often have to work offline, and have a number of files marked for offline access (that is, full copies are stored locally on the computer.) I need Spotlight to be able to find all the filenames in the Box index stored on my computer, as well as any content in the files that are stored locally.

    It seems a matter of removing the block that prevents Spotlight from indexing MacintoshHD/Users/Username/Box. 

    Please address this soon. Don't force us to move from Box Sync to a platform that doesn't work.

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  • Charles Roberts

    I upgraded to a new Mac with an M1 chip.  Previously I'd been able to search my files stored in box by using Spotlight.  That no longer works.  The Box search is quite rudimentary compared to Spotlight.  I have many files and will unfortunately need to switch away from Box because of this.

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  • Totally Agree, I have been a box user for ages and I didnt want to upgrade to Box Drive for this reason too, i was ¨partially happy¨ with Box Sync as this allowed  spotlight to find local files, this no longer works with Box Drive. I am also totally considering moving to a different platform because of this. I will give it one year max if this feature is not implemented. 

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  • Robert Hurt

    I haven't yet upgraded to Box Drive for EXACTLY THIS REASON. The files I share with Box should fundamentally still be MY files on MY computer and fit in with the Mac's built in search.

    It is irrational to block off files we choose to upload to box from our own operating system.

    Box Sync still manages to do EXACTLY what I want Box to do and I really hope they take the unwanted limitations of Box Drive for users who work primarily on their own OS.

    Box should be a service that works with me and my OS, not a replacement OS I am forced to use with a subset of my files that I am choosing to share with the service.

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  • Matthew P Walker

    I have exactly the same issue and the same set of feelings. I have decided to use a different cloud service for this reason, and this reason only. What a shame, Box. Every other cloud service allows this. You are losing business. The choice is yours. 

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  • Roberto

    I'm not sure why nobody from Box mentions this, but.... if you're using Box Drive, for any folder that you mark as "Make available offline", those contents *will* be indexed by Spotlight. So if you're migrating from Box Sync (which causes your files to be local anyhow), just migrate to Box Drive and make those same folders be available offline. They will be indexed by Spotlight as before.

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  • donald giald


    Currently, box drive is not indexed by spotlight on mac OS, which limits the ability to use Spotlight or similar apps like alfred for searching files within box. This is a known limitation, and box's own search feature may not be as robust as spotlight. While there is no definitive information on when or if this Official Site issue will be resolved, integrating box drive with mac OS Spotlight would require changes and collaboration between box and apple.

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