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2. AppInfo.ini (App Configuration)

The portable app makes available its configuration information to the PortableApps.com Platform by way of the AppInfo details. Within the AppNamePortable\App directory, an AppInfo directory contains an appinfo.ini file as well as any icons used within the menu (explained in Section 3). The appinfo.ini file consists of the following:


Name=AppName Portable
Publisher=App Developer & PortableApps.com
Description=AppName Portable is a tool that does something.


DisplayVersion=1.2 Release 1




Within the appinfo.ini file, the entries are as follows:

Within the [Format] section:

Type is the type of configuration file this is (only PortableApps.comFormat is valid at this time).

Version is the version of this format the file is in (currently 2.0).

Within the [Details] section:

Name is the name of your app as it appears in the PortableApps.com Menu

AppID is the globally unique id for the application. Apps released by PortableApps.com or directly by the publisher of the regular version of the software will generally just be the name without spaces. Apps released by other entities must be AppNamePortable-example.com where example.com is their company domain. Apps released by individuals on PortableApps.com that aren’t working towards making it an official PortableApps.com release must be AppNamePortable-username where username is the PortableApps.com username. AppIDs may contain letters, numbers, periods ( . ), dashes ( - ), plus signs ( + ) and underscores ( _ ).

Publisher is the name of the app publisher as it appears in a hover tip in the next PortableApps.com Platform release and within the app details screen. If you are repackaging an app written by someone else, they should also be listed.

Homepage is the homepage of the portable app (not the base app)

Category is the category that the application falls into within the PortableApps.com Platform. Valid entries are: Accessibility, Development, Education, Games, Graphics & Pictures, Internet, Music & Video, Office, Security or Utilities. Only these *exact* entries are supported and should be used regardless of the default language of the base app (even if this is a German application, it should still use the English translation of the category).

Description is a brief description of what the application is. Maximum of 512 characters.

Language is the language the app is available in. If the app is multilingual, it should be specified as Multilingual. The language string must be in a specific format. The following strings are available: Afrikaans, Albanian, Arabic, Armenian, Basque, Belarusian, Bosnian, Breton, Bulgarian, Catalan, Cibemba, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Efik, English, Estonian, Farsi, Finnish, French, Galician, Georgian, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Igbo, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Kurdish, Latvian, Lithuanian, Luxembourgish, Macedonian, Malagasy, Malay, Mongolian, Norwegian, NorwegianNynorsk, Pashto, Polish, Portuguese, PortugueseBR, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, SerbianLatin, SimpChinese, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, SpanishInternational, Swahili, Swedish, Thai, TradChinese, Turkish, Ukranian, Uzbek, Valencian, Vietnamese, Welsh, Yoruba.

Trademarks (optional) is any trademark notifications that should appear. For example, HappyApp is a trademark of Acme, Inc.

InstallType (optional) is if you would like the app listed as a specific install type within the menu. For some apps that are packaged by language (like Mozilla Firefox), the language may be specified on this line. In installers with optional components, this line is automatically updated by the installer based on the details within installer.ini (see below). The InstallType will be shown within the PortableApps.com Platform in the app’s details.

Within the [License] section:

(all values are either true or false)

Shareable is whether the app is allowed to be copied from one drive to another (without the Data directory)

OpenSource is whether the app is fully open source under an OSI approved license

Freeware is whether the app is free (no cost)

CommercialUse is whether the app is allowed to be used in a commercial environment

EULAVersion (optional) is used to indicate the version of the End User License Agreement used if you include EULA.txt or EULA.rtf and require the user to agree to a license to install. If you are using an EULA and omit this entry, the default, 1, will be used.

Within the [Version] section:

PackageVersion is the version of the package itself. This must be in format with no other characters and must be incremented with each public release.

DisplayVersion is the user-friendly version that is generally used to describe the version. So, a released app may have a DisplayVersion of 2.4 Revision 2 but a PackageVersion of

Within the optional [SpecialPaths] section:

Plugins (optional) is the path to an app’s user-added plugins directory if it is within the App directory (as it is with applications like Firefox). This path is excluded when the installer calculates how much free space is needed for an upgrade. If there is no plugins directory, this value should be omitted from appinfo.ini.

Within the optional [Dependencies] section:

UsesJava (optional) specifies whether the portable app makes use of Java Portable. If needed, this value should be set to true. If not needed, it should be omitted or set to false.

UsesDotNetVersion (optional) specifies which minimum version of the .NET framework the application requires. If needed, this value should be set to the minimum version the application requires (example: 1.1, 2.0, 3.0, 3.5). If not needed, this value should be omitted.

Please note that PortableApps.com does not currently accept .NET-based apps for inclusion in our application listings. Most PCs “in the wild” do not have .NET available, so portable apps that require .NET will not function on them.

Within the [Control] section:

Icons is the number of icons that the app has in the PortableApps.com Menu

Start is the command line to execute to start the app relative to the AppNamePortable directory. This will typically be AppNamePortable.exe.

ExtractIcon (optional) is used if the app’s main icon is not appicon.ico within the AppInfo directory. This should only be used when legally required for launchers in specific apps as it cause the application to be accessed more slowly. When not needed it should be left out of appinfo.ini.

Sometimes, an application will have multiple icons, as is the case with OpenOffice.org Portable. In this case, the last section of the appinfo.ini file will look like:

Name1=AppName Portable
Name2=AppName Portable Other Part

Icons is still the number of icons to be shown in the PortableApps.com Menu

Start is the command line to execute for the main application

Start1 is the command line for the first icon (often the same as Start)

Name1 is the name to show in the menu for the first icon

Start2 is the command line for the second icon

Name2 is the name to show in the menu for the second icon

Like the main icon, ExtractIcon1, ExtractIcon2, etc can be used where legally required. These should not normally be used or included.