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  • Portable App Launcher - Application screen showing all portable apps inside selected root folder

    Portable App Launcher

    Application screen showing all portable apps inside selected root folder

    Image Credit: ©2020 Eddie Green

    Portable App Launcher

    Application screen showing all portable apps inside selected root folder

  • Portable App Launcher - Filter the available apps by typing part of an apps name

    Portable App Launcher

    Filter the available apps by typing part of an apps name

    Image Credit: ©2020 Eddie Green

    Portable App Launcher

    Filter the available apps by typing part of an apps name

  • Portable App Launcher - App Information with customisations and links to folders

    Portable App Launcher

    App Information with customisations and links to folders

    Image Credit: ©2020 Eddie Green

    Portable App Launcher

    App Information with customisations and links to folders

Last updated August 2020

Portable App Launcher

One program to rule them all - If you use windows portable apps or executable programs that do not include an installer, this is a simple utility that will catalogue any program added inside a folder of your choosing, display a list and allow you to start a program with a double-click.

Portable applications are windows executable files that don't have an installer to include entries in the start menu. They can be incredibly useful utilities or packaged Windows applications such as those available at PortableApps.com

If you are like me and have lots of handy little tools and the odd portable app, finding and running them quickly can be a bit of a drag, normally using a file explorer and trying to remember which folder I put them in. With this little app you no longer have to.

Place .exe files or a folder containing executables inside a known folder, by default it's %mydocuments%\Applications and Portable App Launcher will catalogue each executable it finds, displaying them in alphabetical order along with their program icons. Double-click any item to launch the application. Other features include:

  • Filter the list by typing part of the app name or executable file name.
  • Change the location of the application folder you would prefer to use as the repository to be searched. In theory, you could catalogue the whole drive, but I haven't tested this.
  • A clean and simple user interface. The main window is DPI aware, resizeable and customisable to suit your screen and the amount of data you need to view. There are no more controls than necessary to do the job, and everything has hover-enabled help popups that describes what it does. The application will remember your customisation between program launches.
  • Click the App information bottom right of the window to recall important folder locations and change settings.

Need more functionality? Drop me a line with your ideas.

Portable App Launcher is free. It doesn't connect to the internet, gather telemetry or display advertisements. Use it and enjoy. If you would like to say thanks, consider making a donation via PayPal.

For commercial use, consider a white-label version of this app. Customisation includes your branding including app name, logo and colour scheme and removal of my own details. Contact me for details.

Download the latest version

Version History

1.0.5320 August 2020
  • Initial release.

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Portable App Launcher - Application screen showing all portable apps inside selected root folder

Portable App Launcher
Application screen showing all portable apps inside selected root folder

Portable App Launcher - Filter the available apps by typing part of an apps name

Portable App Launcher
Filter the available apps by typing part of an apps name

Portable App Launcher - App Information with customisations and links to folders

Portable App Launcher
App Information with customisations and links to folders

Portable App Launcher

Application screen showing all portable apps inside selected root folder

Portable App Launcher - Application screen showing all portable apps inside selected root folder

Portable App Launcher

Application screen showing all portable apps inside selected root folder

Image Credit: ©2020 Eddie Green

Portable App Launcher

Filter the available apps by typing part of an apps name

Portable App Launcher - Filter the available apps by typing part of an apps name

Portable App Launcher

Filter the available apps by typing part of an apps name

Image Credit: ©2020 Eddie Green

Portable App Launcher

App Information with customisations and links to folders

Portable App Launcher - App Information with customisations and links to folders

Portable App Launcher

App Information with customisations and links to folders

Image Credit: ©2020 Eddie Green

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