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Discuss portable app development and modification of existing apps. Application Template 3.5.2 (with default launcher included)

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Submitted by John T. Haller on November 13, 2016 - 5:37pm

I'm testing a new style of Application Template for use with the Launcher and Installer. The old 2.4 release was just the barebones file structure but includes no example config files. This is of a complete template with config files and a default launcher along with a stub EXE so you can be sure it works by default.

Creating A Portable App: A Guerilla Field Guide

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Submitted by OliverK on July 31, 2008 - 8:42pm

Introduction:Often, somebody will make a post asking for help. I wrote up a guide real quick for this poster, here. After a suggestion by r-andom, I re-posted as a forum topic. If you have a suggestion for the guide, post here. If you need help portablizing, make a new post in the Portable App Development Forum. So, without much more text, I loose the gorilla. . .

    Forum Guidelines (Portable App Development)

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    Submitted by John T. Haller on March 14, 2006 - 3:25am

    The portable app development forum is for all development discussion related to portable apps. Feel free to ask questions on adapting the standard PortableApps NSIS-based launchers used with Portable Firefox, etc with other apps. Or with help working on any portable development project you wish. You'll find more portable apps developers here than anywhere else, so, for most questions, either someone will know outright or at least be able to point you in the right direction.

    Help with creating a PortableApps version of Tabby

    Submitted by wolfferine on August 5, 2022 - 4:12am


    I am new at this, and so would very much appreciate the help from the community - i am trying to create a portableapps (paf) version of Tabby.
    I created the appinfo.ini:


    Name=Tabby PortableApps
    Description=Tabby - a terminal for the modern age

    NSIS Script launcher & Open with

    Submitted by Simbonino on July 27, 2022 - 12:34pm

    Hi, I'm trying to create an NSIS compiled executable that selecting it from the "open with" choices opens the designated file in a specific executable. Basically a sort of launcher similar to the PA.c launcher but without including any code belonging to it. I noticed that the PA.c Template has "FileTypeCommandLine" and "FileTypeCommandLine-extension", is it possible to implement such a thing in a .nsi script?

    I explain better


    Newbie Question: Can you create portable apps inside a virtual machine?

    Submitted by Ryan1 on June 29, 2022 - 4:01pm

    Everything I have read online says that you should start with a "clean install" of the OS in order to begin to create a portable app.

    I understand the reasons why, but obviously this is not necessarily an easy thing to do for a normal user.

    So my question is can you use something like VMware to create a virtual machine with a freshly installed OS and create a portable app on a computer that is not a fresh install?

    If so:

    How to compile the start program? And what IDE is used?

    Submitted by sy373466062 on June 28, 2022 - 3:36am

    I download the start(PortableAppsStartSource21.2.2.7z) source code from SF, and want to modify and customize it.
    It seems the code is in Pascal, and I installed the Lazarus IDE, but it doesn't know the source code project.

    What is the IDE is used to compile the code? Any guide to build it?