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

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A tiny, super-fast audio player.

foobar2000

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A classic audio player for Windows, great for playlists.

RadioSure

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

Hokrain

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Listen to your music in a lightweight, minimalist way.

Audio Editor & Extractor

Audacity

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An open-source, simple and powerful audio editor.

CDex

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Extract audio from CDs reliably.

Songr

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

Communication

Pidgin

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

Miranda IM

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

Skype

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Not an official installer, but from PortableApps.com.

Gaming

AssaultCube Portable

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

Brain Workshop

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

Cave Story

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

FreeCiv

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

higan

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

Classic XP Games

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

Image Viewers

IrfanView Portable

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

XnView Portable

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Convenient for viewing, organizing, and converting your photos.

Image Editors

Easy Image Modifier

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

Inkscape Portable

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

Fotografix

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A tiny image editor aimed at photograpers and designers.

Miscellaneous

sWeather

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

LicenseCrawler

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Crawls a computer for software serial licenses.

Productivity

TreePad Lite

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A personal information manager for notes and other information.

XAMPP

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

DropboxPortableAHK

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

Calibre

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

Foxit Reader Portable

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A PDF document reader.

AutoHotKey

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

BBCeditor

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Format and save your forum posts even while offline.

Text Editors

AbiWord

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

WriteMonkey

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

Notepad++

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A powerful, customizable programmer's text editor.

Notes

CintaNotes

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

Stickies

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

PNotes

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

Security & Privacy

ClamWin

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

TrueCrypt

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

KeePass

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

PeerBlock

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

Password Agent

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

AdwCleaner

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

Suites

PortableApps.com Suite

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A launcher interface for all apps from PortableApps.com.

SysInternals Suite

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

NirLauncher

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

System Tools

7-Zip

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

Zscreen

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

Zip2Fix

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

Recuva

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A tool for undeleting files, from makes of Ccleaner.

SpaceSniffer

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

Everything

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

CCleaner

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

TeamViewer

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The golden standard for remote control.

Portable Keyboard Layout

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

GetFolderSize

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

Process Explorer

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

Camstudio

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Screen-recording software, packaged by PortableApps.com.

Snaptimer

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A keyboard-friendly countdown timer.

Clipcube

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A tiny clipboard history monitor.

BareTail

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

CPU-Z

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

HijackThis

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

Soft2Base

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

Unassoc

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The easiest way to remove filetype associations in Windows.

Universal Extractor

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A tool that helps you make other applications run portably.

Defraggler

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Another excellent portable defragmentation tool.

Speccy

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

ClipTrap

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Automatically monitor and log the contents of your clipboard.

CrystalDiskMark Portable

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

GeekUninstaller

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

Linux Live USB Creator

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

Xleaner

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

namebench

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

Xinorbis

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Easy way to visualize and analyze any disk under Windows.

xpy

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

Video Player

VLC Player

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

Media Player Classic

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

YTWatcher

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Enjoy your YouTube favorites and subscriptions right from your desktop.

Video Editor

VirtualDub

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

Avidemux

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

Web and FTP

Filezilla

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A powerful, open-source FTP client.

Opera Portable

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

Google Chrome

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

Firefox

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

Tor Browser

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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

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Simply the best torrent client out there.