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Portable App Development

Discuss portable app development and modification of existing apps.

Naming - Portable before or after?

Submitted by kermik on November 4, 2022 - 11:20am

Because of old habits mostly I have since the beginning named my portable apps in the form of PortableFirefox (as an example). The portable apps platform nor the manual updater does not accept this right away but wants the form FirefoxPortable (no space). If I don't use this form the platform will not update the apps.
Is there any way I can "fix" this as I would like to keep my naming in the form of PortableFirefox or at least PortableFirefox?

where are the trully portable files?

Submitted by Greg Harbs on October 24, 2022 - 11:44am

really... where are simple .zip files?^
as if having "installers for portable" (which is nonsense on its own... but tolerated while it was optional, which does not seem to be anymore) but who was the [slur removed by mod JTH] person that tought it was a good idea to make the installer automatically select between 32bit and 64bit?

so now its impossible to "install the 32bit" on 64bit windows?????

really.. i dont think it can get any more dumb than that luls...

Deploying PortableApps via PowerShell

Submitted by roysubs on October 5, 2022 - 7:28am

I notice that PortableApps executable containers can simply be unzipped, but also possibly there are switches to do it according to your standards, so I would like know the best way to do this in PowerShell. i.e. I want to *silently* deploy some app:

$7z = "D:\MyDownloads\7zipPortable.exe"
if (Test-Path $7z) { & $7z [whatever-switches-required] [install-directory-of-my-choice] }

Would appreciate any advice on the correct / most efficient way to do this for multiple packages?

Support passing launching command line switch/parameter in appinfo.ini

Submitted by Mark888 on September 28, 2022 - 12:12pm


While some kinds of command line parameter are supported under [Associations] section such as: FileTypeCommandLine, FileTypeCommandLine-extension, ProtocolCommandLine, SendToCommandLine, ShellCommandLine; the command line switch/parameter for launching the app is poorly supported. It is only supported via myAppPortable.ini which is not so obvious and only support for main App.

My suggestion is something as below:


Only delete the myappPortable symlink when uninstall

Submitted by Mark888 on September 28, 2022 - 11:39am

I have myAppPortable symlink (directory symlink) placed under PortableApps folder.
When I choose uninstal myApp from PortableApps platform, it deletes the contents (files and folders) inside the symlink directory.

Not sure if it is a bug.
But please when uninstall myApp, only delete the symlink, not the contents. Or provide option to only delete symlink.
Should also take care of other symlinks if any present in myAppPortable.

Take certain actions based on the number of NSIS instances running

Submitted by SimonGeek on September 1, 2022 - 4:57am

Hi, I am trying to take certain actions based on the number of NSIS instances running.
The main reason is that if there are two instances of the same executable the data created is overwritten

I asked in the NSIS forum but the code provided doesn't work. I wanted to put the code in multiple sections, the one provided by the NSIS forun can only be used once.

If there is only one instance does it perform an action, if there are two or more does it perform another

QEMU or VirtualBox?

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Submitted by portablepro on August 16, 2022 - 8:18pm

Which is your favorite? Especially via been portable?

Sorry I forgot to mention that both Softwares are available in a "portable format"

Qemu does by definition to be portable - VirtualBox still trying to only be installed, but told to
be installed portable by no ways.