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make apps portable without writing code

The Launcher™ allows developers, publishers and even technical end-user to portablize apps in Format without needing to write any code. It's an easy to use multilingual launcher that makes creating portable apps a snap. Once you've updated your app to the current Format Specification, you can use the Launcher Generator to handle registry keys, command line options and updating configuration files just by editing a simple INI file.

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Version 2.2 for Windows, Multilingual
1MB download / 3MB installed (Details)

NSIS Portable Required: The Launcher generator requires NSIS Portable (Unicode) 2.46 Rev 2 or higher to be installed alongside it (usually both to the X:\PortableApps directory) to function. Users upgrading from pre-release versions of Unicode NSIS Portable and the Launcher will need to completely remove the existing apps.

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ScreenshotThe Launcher allows you to easily make your apps portable. It features:

  • Proven NSIS core
  • Easy configuration with no coding required
  • Automated language switching of apps with the Platform
  • Powerful settings file and directory moving
  • Easy registry portablization
  • Custom code in launchers where needed
  • And many more features for making professional portable apps
  • Works from command line and Send To (just pass the portable app's main directory, e.g. X:\PortableApps\FileZillaPortable)
  • Licensed for use with free open source and freeware
  • Commercial use by contacting

For complete details, read the Launcher Manual (also included with the app).

For creating portable apps, we recommend that you use the Development Toolkit which is in development, or the Application Template 2.4 which is also available.


osi_certified.pngFor help getting Launcher up and running, visit: Format Note - The launcher is designed for making apps that are in the proper Format. For information on getting your app up to speed, please see the Format Specification.

After you have made your portable app, then use the Installer to generate an installer.

Download Details

  • Publisher: (Chris Morgan)
  • Date updated: 2012-07-10
  • System Requirements: Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10 and WINE on Linux/UNIX
  • License: Free / Open Source (GPL) with exceptions for freeware and free open source. Commercial use by contacting
  • Source Code: launcher (included)
  • MD5 Hash: 60e01ec714e87fad39b8a2bec1836368