The Best Portable Apps

On this page, you will find the best portable apps to bring with you on the go. We’ve taken the effort to categorize all of the portable apps and picked only those we believe to be the best ones and which will most likely be useful to you. You can download and install these on a USB stick, an external hard drive, or any other portable device that you carry with you. That means that you can have any of these apps no matter where you go. This page updates frequently so check back often!

Audio Player

CoolPlayer

A tiny, super-fast audio player.

foobar2000

A classic audio player for Windows, great for playlists.

RadioSure

The best way to listen to radio by desktop or laptop.

Hokrain

Listen to your music in a lightweight, minimalist way.

Audio Editor & Extractor

Audacity

An open-source, simple and powerful audio editor.

CDex

Extract audio from CDs reliably.

Songr

The best way to search for and download or stream MP3s.

Communication

Pidgin

A multi-protocol IM client. Packaged by PortableApps.com.

Miranda IM

Another multi-protocol IM client, with a ton of plugins.

Skype

Not an official installer, but from PortableApps.com.

Gaming

AssaultCube Portable

A first person shooter with LAN multiplayer mode for your USB stick.

Brain Workshop

A dual n-back game scientifically proven to make you smarter.

Cave Story

Classic 8-bit RPG game in which the protagonist has to escape a Labyrinth and defeat an evil Doctor.

FreeCiv

Turn-based strategy game with plenty settings in which you build a civilization.

higan

A multi-system emulator that supports all Classic Nintendo consoles. Formerly known as BSNES

Classic XP Games

Copy Minesweeper, Solitaire, or Hearts from your old computer and play it on Windows 8.

Image Viewers

IrfanView Portable

A fast and powerful image viewer that can also apply effects.

XnView Portable

Convenient for viewing, organizing, and converting your photos.

Image Editors

Easy Image Modifier

A tool for resizing, flipping, converting, watermarking and renaming images.

Inkscape Portable

An open-source vector editor. Think 'Illustrator' or 'CorelDRAW' -- not as powerful, but free.

Fotografix

A tiny image editor aimed at photograpers and designers.

Miscellaneous

sWeather

Check the weather and get alerts all from your Windows system tray.

LicenseCrawler

Crawls a computer for software serial licenses.

Productivity

TreePad Lite

A personal information manager for notes and other information.

XAMPP

The Apache Web server, MySQL, PHP, and Perl, all bundled together in one portable ZIP.

DropboxPortableAHK

Lets you take Dropbox on a stick and use it without admin rights.

Calibre

A tool for managing your ebook collection and converting book formats.

Foxit Reader Portable

A PDF document reader.

AutoHotKey

Automate keystrokes, mouse gestures, and other actions with one of the most extensive macro engines.

BBCeditor

Format and save your forum posts even while offline.

Text Editors

AbiWord

A free, open-source word processor. This is a portable app packaged by PortableApps.com.

WriteMonkey

A fantastic full-screen text editor for distraction-free editing. I use it all the time.

Notepad++

A powerful, customizable programmer's text editor.

Notes

CintaNotes

A slimmed down version of Evernote designed more towards jotting quick notes and thoughts.

Stickies

A fantastic sticky-note application, packaged by PortableApps.com.

PNotes

Bring sticky notes to your desktop and help remember all of those important things.

Security & Privacy

ClamWin

A portable, powerful and free antivirus. Packaged by PortableApps.com.

TrueCrypt

Create encrypted virtual hard drives. Link leads to portable mode documentation.

KeePass

The golden standard when it comes to securely managing passwords and logins.

PeerBlock

Allows you to block IP ranges of anti-P2P organizations, ad servers, spyware, and more.

Password Agent

An interesting, local way to save your passwords and other sensitive text data.

AdwCleaner

A small portable app tool that will help cleanse your system quickly and easily.

Suites

PortableApps.com Suite

A launcher interface for all apps from PortableApps.com.

SysInternals Suite

For administrators and technicians: All SysInternals troubleshooting utilities rolled into one ZIP file.

NirLauncher

A collection of over 100 portable freeware Windows system tools, all by NirSoft.

System Tools

7-Zip

A file archiver supporting ZIP, as well as the powerful 7z format and more. Packaged by PortableApps.com.

Zscreen

A screenshot portable app with numerous file handling options. No portable download, see link for instructions.

Zip2Fix

A tool for extracting undamaged files from a corrupted ZIP file.

Recuva

A tool for undeleting files, from makes of Ccleaner.

SpaceSniffer

A tool for visualizing disk usage. Find out what's hogging all that space.

Everything

An ultra-fast search utility -- searches filenames only, does not index content.

CCleaner

Cleans up any system by getting rid of unneeded files and other junk.

TeamViewer

The golden standard for remote control.

Portable Keyboard Layout

Use an alternative keyboard layout (Colemak, Dvorak)? Take it with you.

GetFolderSize

Used for determining the size of folders and subfolders on a drive.

Process Explorer

Windows Task Manager, on steroids. Made by Sysinternals, now a part of Microsoft.

Camstudio

Screen-recording software, packaged by PortableApps.com.

Snaptimer

A keyboard-friendly countdown timer.

Clipcube

A tiny clipboard history monitor.

BareTail

A tool for system admins, used for viewing logfiles, like tail on Linux.

CPU-Z

Helps you take a glance at your system specifications with ease.

HijackThis

The best Windows tool portable app for generating reports for and removing registry and startup entries. Recommended for experienced users.

Soft2Base

Helps you keep some of the most popular Windows applications up to date.

Unassoc

The easiest way to remove filetype associations in Windows.

Universal Extractor

A tool that helps you make other applications run portably.

Defraggler

Another excellent portable defragmentation tool.

Speccy

An advanced system information tool for your PC to help you find out what's inside your computer.

ClipTrap

Automatically monitor and log the contents of your clipboard.

CrystalDiskMark Portable

One of the simplest ways to benchmark your disk for read/write speeds.

GeekUninstaller

Have a sticky application that won't uninstall? Let GeekUninstaller portable app remove it for you.

Linux Live USB Creator

Easily create a bootable Live USB with tons of Linux distrubutions available.

Xleaner

Clean out your Windows system and free yourself of temporary and other junk files.

namebench

Find the fastest DNS server with point-and-click ease.

Xinorbis

Easy way to visualize and analyze any disk under Windows.

xpy

Allows you to tweak Windows and change settings that are completely under the hood.

Video Player

VLC Player

A 'do-it-all' free, open-source video player. This portable app can also play audio.

Media Player Classic

Very lightweight, all-around media player that comes bundled with popular codec packages.

YTWatcher

Enjoy your YouTube favorites and subscriptions right from your desktop.

Video Editor

VirtualDub

A tool for editing and encoding videos, with support for batch-processing.

Avidemux

A video editor designed for simple tasks such as cutting, filtering, and encoding.

Web and FTP

Filezilla

A powerful, open-source FTP client.

Opera Portable

An awesome browser that gets too little love. Official installer supports portable option.

Google Chrome

Google's Web browser, packaged by PortableApps.com.

Firefox

If you don't use Chrome, you are probably using Firefox. Packaged by PortableApps.com.

Tor Browser

A bundle of Tor and Vidalia to help you browse anonymously and explore 'deep web' onions with the look and feel of Firefox.

uTorrent Portable

Simply the best torrent client out there.