Introduction to Spotlight

Spotlight is a fast desktop search technology that allows users to organize and search for files based on metadata. Spotlight is extensible, allowing developers to provide metadata importers for their application’s documents.

Who Should Read This Document

Spotlight is a fundamental feature of OS X, and all developers should be familiar with its capabilities. Developers of applications that save documents to disk should consider providing Spotlight support by implementing a metadata importer.

Organization of This Document

The following articles cover key concepts in understanding how Spotlight works:

See Also

There are other technologies, not fully covered in this document, that are fundamental to integrating Spotlight into your applications. Refer to these documents for more details: