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Free Portable Apps This stuff can be installed on any portable drive, i.e. USB thumbdrive, PDA or an iPod. You can use them at work, school, or any other place where you can plugin your device. Check them out, you can either scroll-down for relevant category, i.e office software, email tools, messengers, games, etc. or get a ‘all-in-one’ package (all essential tools) . While there are more apps for windows users, I tried to include a mac version for each essential tool. All free. Enjoy!

Update: After reviewing comments and suggestions on this articles as well as running a survey for best portable applications we came up with an ultimate list of apps. Check out our newly launched Best Portable Apps page.

What is a portable program ? : A portable program is a piece of software that you can carry around with you on a portable device and use on any other computer. It can be your email program, your browser, system recovery tools or even an operating system. The coolest part about it, is that all of your data and settings are always stored on a thumbdrive so when you unplug the device, none of your personal data is left behind.

  1. Portable Office Software
  2. Portable Email/Calendar/ToDo Programs
  3. Portable Text and Voice Messengers
  4. Portable Media Tools (Audio / Video)
  5. Portable Graphics Viewers and Image Editors
  6. Portable Browsers and Web Tools (FTP, Feedreaders, Torrent clients”¦)
  7. Portable Security Software
  8. Portable Games
  9. Other Portable Utilities
  10. Portable Developer Tools (Techies Only)
  11. All-In-One Packages
  12. Portable Operating Systems (‘HowTo’ Articles)
  13. USB ThumDrive Tips

Portable Office Software

  • Abiword [Win (6.3 mb) / Mac (9.5 mb)] – word processor (compatible with Microsoft word)
  • OpenOffice [Win (65 mb) / Mac (127 mb)] – free alternative to Microsoft Office (fully compatible with Microsoft Office docs)
  • PDF Viewers: Sumatra [Win (1.1 mb) ], Foxit PDF Reader [Win, (1.8 mb) ]
  • Notepad ++ – feature-rich Notepad replacement.

Portable Email/Calendar/ToDo Programs

Portable Text and Voice Messengers

  • All-in-One (Yahoo, MSN, ICQ, etc.): Gaim [Win, 6.9 mb], Miranda IM [Win, 1.2 mb], Adium [Mac, 15.5mb], Trillian [Win]
  • iChat [Mac] – requires locally installed iChat
  • Newspeak [Mac, 1mb] – Newspeak Cocoa IRC client
  • Skype – exlpains how to make skype portable

Portable Media Tools (Audio / Video)

  • Audacity [Win (2.4 mb), Mac (5mb)] – simple audio editor and recorder
  • VLC [Win (9.3 mb), Mac (24 mb)] – powerful media player that plays almost all popular audio and video formats
  • K-Lite Mega Codec Pack with Media Player (resource unaccessible) – another powerful media player for playing all conceivable formats
  • iShout [Mac, 7mb] – record and listen to your favorite internet radios.
  • CocoaJT [Mac, 8.7mb] – stream live TV programs from major broadcast channels.

Portable Graphics Viewers and Image Editors

  • GIMP [Win (8.6 mb), Mac (87.5 mb)] – free alternative to Photoshop
  • IrfanView [Win, 1013kb] – fast graphic viewer with basic image editing features
  • XNView [Win, Mac, Linux] – image viewer and converter (supports more then 400 image formats)
  • Inkscape [Mac, 24.6mb] – scalable vector graphics editor

Portable Browsers and Internet Tools (FTP, Feedreaders, Torrent Clients…)

Portable Security Software

  • Antivirus: ClamWin [Win, 5.9mb], Dr.Web CureIt [Win, 5.5 mb]
  • Keepass Password [Win, 1mb] – securely store and manage your passwords
  • Omziff [Win, 0.5mb] – lets you encrypt/decrypt a file, using secure encryption algorithms. Also includes a password generator, file shredder, file splitter and some more tools.
  • LockNote [Win] – simple text file that lets you store sensitive info with 256bit password encryption.
  • RoboFor2Go [Win] – secure password manager and form filler
  • Smart Sniff [Win, 57kb] – lets you inspect network traffic that passes via your network adapter.

Portable Games

  • Sudoku – popular puzzle game
  • Bricks2000 – popular tetris clone
  • Logix – something similar to minesweeper
  • Gem Drop – fast-paced puzzle game
  • GeneRally – 2D racing game
  • Nagaskaki – chess game
  • NarkoMania – cool minesweeper clone
  • NeverBall – part puzzle, part action game

Other Portable Utilities

  • 7Zip [Win, 1.1 mb] – file archiver and compressor, supports 7z, ZIP, GZIP, BZIP2, TAR, RAR and more
  • Registry Tweaker [Win, 1.52mb] – registry tweaking tool
  • Restoration [Win, 229kb] – handy program for recovering deleted (or formatted) files
  • YamiPod [Win] – powerful iPod manager (copy mp3/AAC files to and from your iPod, import/export playlists, search for songs, remove duplicates,..).
  • Drive Manager [Win, 1191 kb] – quick summary for each local and removable drive.
  • PStart – lets you organize and create menu-like list for quicker access to your portable programs.
  • SyncPAppX – script that syncs preferences between portable and local applications.
  • RQ Money – handy utlity to manage your credits and debts
  • SIW – a system analysis tool that tells you almost everything you need to know about a computer, i.e. hardware, configuration settings, etc.
  • WinAudit – one more analysis tool
  • Convert [Win, 155 kb] – fast metric unit conversion tool (distance, temperature, volume, time, speed, mass…)
  • UK Calender [Win, 321kb] – straightforward calendar with ToDo and reminders
  • CPU-Z [Win] – provides detailed info about your processor and other components
  • Country Codes [Win, 1358 kb] – a small database of country codes and additional information for all countries.
  • TreePad Lite [Win, 866kb] – personal database program, lets you store all your notes, emails, bookmarks, etc. into one well-structured file
  • StartupList [Win, 158 kb] – displays all items that are in any way related to your computer startup and are executed without any user interactions
  • eTextReader [Win, 279kb] – read plain text files provided by Project Gutenberg in a book-like manner.
  • Index Your Files [Win, 640kb] – provides an easy way to create index databases (of specified folders and drives) for quick file/term search
  • RockXP [win, 768kb] – handy utility for retrieving Win XP’s product key
  • WhoisThisDomain [Win, 42kb] – view owner and registration info for any domain name
  • Converter – portable unit convertsion utility

Portable Developer Tools (Techies Only)

  • Nvu [Win (7.3 mb), Mac (12 mb)] – easy-to-use webpage editor. Simpler alternative to Dreamweaver and Microsft Frontpage
  • Server2Go – apache webserver (no configurations needed)
  • InstantRails[Win, 60mb] – contains Ruby, Rails, Apache, and MySQL, all preconfigured and ready to run.
  • Putty [Win, 0.9 mb] – lightweight telnet and SSH client
  • Follow-Me IP – displays your external IP address
  • XAMPP [Win, 25/17 mb] – integrated server package of Apache, mySQL, PHP and Perl. Just Unzip and Run
  • HTTP File Server [Win] – simple and easy-to-use file server for personal file sharing.
  • CurrPorts [Win, 46kb]- lets you view a list of ports that are currently in use, along with applications that use them
  • FTP Servers: Quick’n Easy FTP Server [Win, 355kb], PureFTPdManager [Mac, 10.9mb]

All-In-One Packages

  • PortableApps Suite [Win, 89.5mb] – includes 7 programs for essential needs (office, email, IM client, etc.) + cool Startup manager and backup utility
  • FSuite [Mac, 668.3mb] – over 30 useful tools in one file (Office, Graphic, Audio, Video, Internet, Developer Tools and Games)

Portable Operating Systems (‘HowTo’ Articles)

USB ThumDrive Tips

That’s mainly it… In case you’re looking for something that wasn’t mentioned above, there are a couple of resources you may want to check out. These are and

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  3. Braden
    May 12, 2015 at 3:37 am

    this list is awesome! Thanks.

  4. michael morison
    April 27, 2015 at 9:39 pm

    i was looking for a program that would make my USB into a wireless internet receiver, on my old Windows XP I had a program that I could download to do this - can't find one now - do you know of any programs out there that would do the same thing?

  5. angel
    February 12, 2010 at 8:53 am apps!

  6. Malinda J
    January 31, 2010 at 12:59 am

    This list is So GREAT!

  7. sandeep
    January 21, 2010 at 3:41 am

    You can download portable software dvd from

  8. Technisimo
    January 12, 2010 at 10:43 am

    Whats the best, , for moving movies to a stick, then watching them on a laptop.

  9. izdelava strani
    January 10, 2010 at 11:39 am

    Excellent post, will use some of the tips

  10. Cyprog
    January 10, 2010 at 1:10 am

    As allways, another great post :) I also suggest easyPath ( tiny application and folder launcher.

  11. Sarah
    January 4, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    I have a question:Will any of the browsers this site listed can browse the internet from my ipod 5G (aka ipod video)?Also if anyone knows of any wi-fi browser apps that would allow me to browse the internet plz say so!thnx!(p.s.,you found a LOT of great stuff for this site!thnx again!)

  12. nurjen
    December 21, 2009 at 11:55 am

    i want usb fortable

  13. richey
    December 16, 2009 at 11:11 pm


    FYI, the correct download location for Bricks '2000 is accessible via .

    The link on your page leads to nowhere.


  14. laptop
    December 14, 2009 at 6:58 am

    Thanks, admin, I really love these, I found a number of great software through this post.

  15. dave simast
    November 25, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    this portable, semitransparent screen ruler has proven invaluable - i use it in web design on a daily basis. it is lightweight addition to by usb drive of portble applications.

  16. AMAQ
    November 21, 2009 at 7:11 am

    Click on "AMAQ" to download the program

  17. AMAQ
    November 21, 2009 at 7:08 am


    There's this cool program, USB Drive Monitor :

    USB Drive Monitor Features:

    --Log Information about USB Mass Storage Devices inserted to your PC.

    Drive Index
    Logging Time
    Drive Letter
    Drive Label (Name)
    Drive Size (GB)
    Drive Unique Hardware Key
    File Contents up to 3 Folder Levels Deep

    --Use your Personal USB Drive as an access key to your PC using the “Access Key Mode”.

    --Alert for a Foreign USB Drive inserted to your PC using a custom text message or pick an alert sound file.

    --Delete Files of a Foreign USB Drive inserted to your PC Up to 3 Folder Levels Deep.

    --Manually or automatically Enable or Disable ( USB Mass Storage Devices )

    --Manually or automatically Enable or Disable ( Task Manager )

    USB Drive Monitor Quick Modes Selection:
    USB Drive Monitor Has 4 Pre-Configured Modes for ease of use while keeping the customization of options possible for the user. You can select each mode by going to the quick mode selection tab and clicking on the mode you want. A screen on the right will show you all the changed that have been made to activate the mode, it will also show the user’s custom changes. A brief description of the Mode is shown at the bottom display area.

    --Silent Logger Mode
    --Alert and Secure Mode
    --Attack and Secure Mode
    --Access Key Mod

    Silent Logger Mode: This mode allows you to secretly log information about the USB Mass Storage Devices inserted to your PC. You can chose this mode and then click on “hide” button to hide the program from users. A log of all Foreign USB Mass Storage Devices will be updated every 5 seconds to save the following information: Time, USB hardware Unique ID, USB Size, USB Name, USB Letter, Root directory and up to 3 folder levels file contents. This log information applies to all modes.

    Alert and Monitor Mode: When a Foreign USB Drive is inserted, this mode will generate sound alerts, text messages and will not stop until you insert your Personal USB Drive into your PC.

    Attack and Secure Mode: This mode will delete files on the inserted USB Mass Storage Device, Disable Task Manger, Disable Mass Storage Devices, Activates a screensaver with a password protection, generates a sound alert, and only your Personal USB Drive or your Password will unlock your PC.

    Access Key Mode: This Mode allows you to use your Personal USB Drive as an access key to your PC. When removed it secures your PC by activating a screensaver and disabling task manager. to unlock your PC insert your Personal USB Drive to your PC.

    Why Restrict USB Drives from accessing your computer ?

    We use USB Drives everyday and are grateful for the service they provide, but on the downside, there are three reasons people should restrict or control USB Drive Access into their computers.

    1. Virus Traffic

    2. Personal Privacy

    3. Data Theft

    Virus Traffic:

    There are many people these days that use USB Drives on a daily basis. At work or at home you’ll find many people carrying their USB Drives with many good and bad files. The most draw back to using USB Drives is Virus Traffic. A USB Drive will carry viruses to all accessed computers.

    Most Antivirus software today are specialized with internet virus sources and are paying little attention to viruses coming directly from USB Drives. Autorun virus is one of the most types of viruses that might tamper with your computer files and settings coming from a USB Drive and the Antivirus won’t even notice.

    Imagine 1000 employees each with a personal USB Drive that carries god knows what type of viruses from home and plugs in his/her USB Drive into a network PC of 1000 users !!! You can prevent this problem from happening ahead of time by using USB Drive Monitor to control USB Drive access to your computers.

    Personal Privacy:

    in todays world even the little brothers and sisters carry USB Drives in their little pockets. If you’re at home and you keep personal notes, pictures, videos, or even working on an important project; you need to have your computer secured.

    Otherwise with one little innocent mistake all your data will be gone after your little sibling inserts a USB Drive into your PC. Your private information might be uploaded on the internet as a silly joke.

    You can use the USB Drive Monitor to secure your PC from Foreign USB Drives or even lock and unlock your PC by using your configured Personal USB Drive. You can activate a screensaver or generate a sound or custom text alert to intruders. You’ll have full control over your PC.

    Data Theft:

    Its a good practice to use USB Drives at work, but with rules and regulations. Without proper USB Access Control you’ll have your company data and privacy at risk.

    Solution One: You can have a master PC that logs USB Drive files by using USB Drive Monitor to identify unique hardware key and user name as well as log USB Drive file content and use this PC as a checking gateway for your company.

    Solution Two: You can assign a USB Drive to be officially used inside the company only and restrict all other USB Mass Storage Devices. You can configure this USB Drive by using the USB Drive Monitor and securing the program with a password used by the administrator. The USB Drive monitor can be configured to delete files on unauthorized USB Drives inserted into any computer to make sure no data is lost.

    Solution Three: Its the important information that needs to be protected. Your company can assign specified PCs to have confidential and important data and secure then with the USB Drive Monitor. You can have all USB Mass Storage Devices disabled, Sound and Text messages enabled, Task Manager disabled, Screensaver enabled and file deletion on Foreign USB Drives inserted will still be an option.

    This way you set the rules and the USB Drive Monitor will enforce them for you.

  18. Denis
    November 7, 2009 at 7:20 am

    Excellent collection.

    I using also BDV Notepad text editor ( and BDV DataHider for hiding data on a USB flash drives (

  19. Achugh
    November 3, 2009 at 12:10 am

    Antivirus: ClamWin [Win, 5.9mb], Dr.Web CureIt [Win, 5.5 mb]

    When clicking on ClamWin, it takes you to the Keepass page. Even mouseover text displays Keepass.

    Else, great list. Thanks.

  20. security
    November 1, 2009 at 3:29 am

    very cool thanks

  21. sanket
    October 13, 2009 at 12:56 am

    good content thnx...

  22. EvaBrew
    October 6, 2009 at 2:03 am

    Thank you! Nice article! I also wish to offer to the list a portable Movienizer. official website

    Movienizer is a movie catalog that can find and collect information about movies. This programm can find information about a particular movie, an actor, actress, director, screenplay writer, download photos and DVD cover.Movienizer supports a number of different online movie databases.

  23. SkyKiDS
    September 30, 2009 at 7:40 am

    Thank you! :)

  24. Rogan
    September 17, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    nice bro

  25. Abidu
    September 8, 2009 at 10:59 am

    Excelent list. Thank you.

  26. karim
    August 31, 2009 at 6:57 am

    I am greatfull if some one make easy lingo portable

  27. rock
    August 28, 2009 at 6:55 am

    P.S. to KMPlayer comment. Almost nothing it can't play including audio formats. KM is the best! (especially if you don't like looking for codecs all the time.

  28. rock
    August 28, 2009 at 6:48 am

    KMplayer portable media player. Word is download the zip version. Very good media player. If you have a wireless keyboard it's like having a tv remote for watching anything on your computer. Many many keyboard features for zoom, playback speed, file loading, rewind, fast forward. Just a great utility and it's free!!

  29. eddy
    August 11, 2009 at 1:37 am

    thanks for all. it's very cool

  30. wahidhasan
    July 28, 2009 at 11:02 am

    Thank u so much.. it is nice..

  31. ridoncular
    July 14, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    Hi guys,
    In the past, buying a computer is really hard for someone who don't know anything about it. How to check it out and how to confirm it is really ok. But now, we can easily check a computer before buying it, we can look over some information about motherboard serie, RAM, Caches, Chipset, etc. Hence, we can make a decision for buying. And it becomes really flexible with a portable version . So you can save it on your USB flash drive and bring it anywhere you want to check a certain CPU information . You can download this sw @
    Have fun

    July 5, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    realy good.thanks.this is service you have done everybody.if you can send the music vst plugings and live styler softwares best.

  33. AnalogXP
    June 24, 2009 at 9:40 am

    Thanks for the list!
    I wish to offer to the list a portable bookmarks manager (LinkCollector Portable Edition) from

  34. ahmad
    June 13, 2009 at 6:19 am


  35. Allan
    June 10, 2009 at 4:54 am

    Wow its great that my friend coi led me here. Great collection Can I have an exchange link with you?

  36. adam16ster
    May 18, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    is hyperspace OS possible on a usb?

  37. Red Gear
    May 12, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    Nice post, I really like portable application. I have collected them all. :)

  38. srikanth ad
    May 10, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    Great list, will try 'Smart Sniff' right away!

  39. ducnguyen
    May 4, 2009 at 8:59 am

    That's good. It's really useful

  40. Xplicit
    April 29, 2009 at 10:32 am

    is this not a virus like "" ???

    • Idiot
      May 8, 2009 at 12:30 am

      Dont click his link, it does not point to the URL the text says. is a real page not containing any viruses at all, just be sure you enter the right page.

  41. VirginTech
    April 28, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    Thanks Aibek for this great list.

  42. Manoj
    April 23, 2009 at 7:36 am

    Pstart rocks. Its far better than the PortableApps Suite.

  43. Rob
    April 17, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    Very useful list, thanks!

  44. shambhu nair
    April 11, 2009 at 3:56 am

    man! now this is what i need.

  45. ask me
    April 1, 2009 at 4:36 am

    cool utilities nice to see and run.

  46. Ray
    March 28, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    Thanks for compiling this great list.

  47. Exotique Expeditions
    February 26, 2009 at 8:48 am

    Thanks for the great list of portable applications.

  48. Epoxy
    February 26, 2009 at 3:42 am

    The list is simply great.

  49. megapixel
    January 30, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    These look like a great tool to use but don't know if I would want to have personal information, like what would be used for some of these apps, all handy to be stolen on a USB stick.

    • sherry
      April 7, 2015 at 7:25 pm

      Ok you have a brain, you came up with that thought...
      Encrypt it.
      Problem solved.

  50. Gizmso
    January 13, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    first off - This is a fantastic site!!! However………..FYI, I just installed Treepad free edition with the idea that I would use it for a bookmark manager. Wellllll…..It takes one of the paid editins to get tht feature. FYI

  51. Squall
    December 22, 2008 at 4:53 am

    can anyone please advise if the uTorrent will work "apart" from the Windows on base PC? I mean stay unnoticed to Anti-Virus or Registry Application Trackers? I guess not, but that's my understanding of "Portable".. is there any torrent program which can do that?
    One way to override the problem is to keep a Bootable USB and no more problems.. but before getting to that option, is there smth more I should be looking to?

    thanks in advance.

  52. dmk
    December 21, 2008 at 1:58 pm

    Good list. With the size of flash drives getting larger, we're soon gonna have entire USB operating systems complete w/ software on them.

    I have a shorter list of good USB tools especially for designers over at my blog.

  53. HostingITrust
    December 9, 2008 at 2:49 am

    Thanks for the list.

  54. Amrit Ray
    December 9, 2008 at 2:46 am

    I like the USB stick and also the list of applications. Thanks.

  55. totos
    December 4, 2008 at 2:14 pm

    thanks a lot

  56. Jaime Lue
    December 4, 2008 at 8:18 am

    Puppy Linux can be included in Portable Operating Systems, comes with a native installer for usb sticks(download is a 100MB iso image that need to be burned to a cd before you can use the Puppy Universal Installer) and is loaded with all apps you can need: oficce like, multimedia, games, etc.
    Works great on any pc with 128MB of ram and is lightning fast on modern machines.

    • Satish
      February 6, 2010 at 11:52 pm

      I too am using Puppy Linux and it is the best.

  57. henDRA
    November 27, 2008 at 11:38 am

    Thank you.....

  58. Michael
    November 20, 2008 at 12:36 pm

    It would be great if you would add our text snippets organizer program, Clipboard Manager and Autotext Utility PhraseExpress USB Edition to the list.

    It is free-of-charge and is designed for use with USB Memory Sticks.

    Demo video:


    Thank you.

    PhraseExpress Team

  59. linmer
    November 20, 2008 at 1:00 am

    i have used a portable blogging tool before.. its portable blogjet try googling...

  60. srikanth ad
    October 29, 2008 at 8:06 am

    I just bought a transcend 4gb usb flash drive so i dropped by here to learn how to use it safely and effectively. I was just curious about " blogging tools " if there are any avaiable as portable apps.


  61. Devicepedia
    October 28, 2008 at 11:28 am

    Ok thanks very much some interesting hints in it :)

  62. Northman
    October 28, 2008 at 5:47 am


    I have not heard about the Vista rumor, but here are some Vista speed-up hints

  63. Devicepedia
    October 28, 2008 at 1:18 am

    You know there once was an idea that Microsoft would run Microsoft Office from a USB key.

    The other question i have is does a USB really speed up the performance of Windows Vista? I heard rumors to this effect.

  64. Northman
    October 25, 2008 at 10:58 pm


    Being on the move much, I have found running my apps from an USB stick invaluable.

    One essential is which allows you to talk free (if the host PC has mike & headset) or at least IM ...


  65. Christie
    September 5, 2008 at 7:27 am

    Great list! You missed my all time favorite, gotta-have-it all-in-one portable software package radsoft's XPT. It's not for everyone - it's heavyweight 'Extreme Power Tools' for developers, adminstrators and the like. And even though there's upwards of 150 applications, it'll still fit on a USB stick with room to spare. If nothing else, the incredible file management system makes it worth having.

  66. Louis
    September 4, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    All the applications are Excellent, but I cannot use on the network, where they have restricted everything to run.........I can only access USB, run IM app, but cannot connect..... is there any way around to connect to portable IM chat,?????????????

    Thank you....

  67. Mark Vletter
    September 1, 2008 at 12:04 pm

    We wrote a weblog article about setting up some of the software you name in your list. It includes FileZilla and Portable Firefox to be used on both Apple and Windows workstations. It can be found on: I want to recommend TrueCrypt as well. It’s a file encryption app.
    Hope its usefull!

  68. g
    August 21, 2008 at 10:43 am

    Did you forget to mention Dos Box Portable. A complete dos system for usb stick, runs on windows only, fairly compact(only 1mb). Works like a charm. can even run windows 3.1 on it. to find it.

  69. shaheen
    August 18, 2008 at 4:18 am

    thnx for this great info

    for more fine things like this goto

  70. Leon
    August 6, 2008 at 8:27 am

    first off - This is a fantastic site!!! However...........FYI, I just installed Treepad free edition with the idea that I would use it for a bookmark manager. Wellllll.....It takes one of the paid editins to get tht feature. FYI

  71. RK
    July 15, 2008 at 8:05 am

    Hi I work on what I hope is a handy and now portable timesheets system.

    Makes my life easier. Let me know if you think it is good enough for your list.


  72. Saroj
    July 4, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    Helpful topic,Thanks ...

  73. MCM
    June 20, 2008 at 6:42 am

    You can add to the list the Winamp Portable edition to download here

  74. abid
    June 6, 2008 at 10:41 am

    I have been using XYplorer for 3 years now and I would like to suggest it for this list. Its key features are: Powerful search, User-friendly, Multi-tabbed, Instant preview of many file extensions, portable file associations, User defined commands, customized shortcuts and many more. And it is developed actively (2-3 betas per week).
    Check out XYplorer

  75. Peter
    June 1, 2008 at 12:53 pm

    Your link to the game gemdrop (windows binary download) has a trojan horse. Win32:Agent-KGH [Trj]

    • Aibek
      May 21, 2009 at 5:45 am

      It was clean earlier, the link is removed now!

      Thank you

  76. Thomas Blake
    May 30, 2008 at 4:19 pm

    The recommended game 'Gem Drop' has a virus!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  77. Ryan
    May 7, 2008 at 3:09 am

    Good list.

    I always throw the installers for Word, Excel and PowerPoint Viewers on my stick just in case I need them in a pinch.

  78. Marjolein Katsma
    April 18, 2008 at 12:28 pm

    You mention KeePass for Windows, but there's an official Mac port as well: KeePassX - The Official KeePassX Homepage - there are versions for Panther, Tiger and Leopard.

    I have both the Windows version and the Tiger version on my USB stick, and they work with the same database, so I always have all my passwords and other data available!

  79. Jude Sie
    April 2, 2008 at 9:00 am

    I Like portable soft all the time, because its easy to carry & will not broken if my windows error...
    but many portable soft not so handy sometimes, they have many bugs & cant update..

  80. Donghyun-Kim
    March 19, 2008 at 1:28 pm

    Thank you for these shareing informations

  81. Jeff
    March 7, 2008 at 5:59 pm

    Just made a portable version of TeraCopy.

  82. Jeff
    March 7, 2008 at 5:56 pm

    Just made a portable version of TeraCopy

  83. ASIA
    March 2, 2008 at 8:12 am

    SOODYOD yod yium very good

  84. Don
    February 26, 2008 at 2:52 am

    Add XYplorer, the portable file manager. It adds some highly interesting portability features such as Portable File Associations and Application Relative Paths.

  85. Jordan
    February 1, 2008 at 6:37 pm

    Hi There,

    Hamachi portable seems to be a bad link. It leads to a unit conversion utility. (I recommend Hamachi to anyone in need of a simple to setup VPN).

    I wonder how a portable version would work (on my laptop it runs through an installed Hamachi network driver). Maybe a portable proxy that logs into the Hamachi network?

    Thanks for the great list!

    - Jordan

    • Ryders
      April 5, 2009 at 1:14 am

      Not free tho'

      • Ryders
        April 5, 2009 at 1:15 am

        Sorry, Hamachi has a free version, it's XYplorer that doesn't

  86. Ekrem ORAL
    January 23, 2008 at 6:06 am

    Ethereal portable is here:

  87. Isuru Buddhike
    December 30, 2007 at 1:08 am

    Such a great Valuable site.
    Keep it up



  88. erez
    October 31, 2007 at 4:47 am


  89. careto
    October 30, 2007 at 5:55 pm

    Restrictions on Portable Apps, about just allowing exe files can be surpassed using BatchCompiler (search google for ""), which allows one to compile a batch file into binary executable.

    Functionalities like drag'n'drop, categories, and much more, can be added easily using Karl McMurdo mod r30, for "Portable Apps Menu", available here (


    • Aibek
      October 30, 2007 at 7:24 pm

      thanks a lot, I have been looking for this for a while. ;-)

  90. Aibek
    October 3, 2007 at 7:07 am


    Thanks for sharing, although I have never used Mac before it's good to know. ;-)

  91. Gand
    October 3, 2007 at 1:10 am

    95% of OS X applilcations are portable in the mean that you can install them with a drag and drop and put them on a USB stick (or everywhere) instead in the default Application folder. What make them really "Portable" by name is the fact that all user/app preferences remain and are carried on the USB stick and not on guest hard disk.

  92. Gand
    October 3, 2007 at 1:03 am

    There are also:
    Portable Vienna RSS reader for OS X:

    Portable Celtx OS X screenwriting:

  93. phu
    September 21, 2007 at 8:35 am


  94. Aibek
    September 15, 2007 at 3:46 am

    Yeap, shortcut drag'n drop functionality would make it as good as desktop itself. :-)

  95. Ashish
    September 14, 2007 at 12:42 pm

    Actually, I wanted to inform you about MPlayer portable but while posting this comment I remembered only Notepad ++ . lol!

    Yes, I think using PStart. But as of now, all of the external programs are added to the PortableApps Menu thanks to the procedure I described above. Problem is it detects the .exe's and Opera@usb requires the .jar file to be run. Now if they could only allow dragging shortcuts to the menu, it would totally kill the competition! :)

    Thanks for the cool list again! :)

  96. Aibek
    September 13, 2007 at 11:49 am

    Thanks for the the heads up on Notepad++. I am going to add it to the list.
    BTW, you can also create a portable start menu for all your shortcuts.


  97. Ashish
    September 13, 2007 at 6:22 am

    Woah! Superb list. I managed to make the ones I downloaded from of these to work with the Portable Apps menu by creating a Self-extracting archive and then using Install App from the menu. It's cooler than going everytime to your drive and double-clicking the app icon! :) [All except opera... It detects only .exe whereas Opera@USB needs op.jar to be clicked to run.]

    Btw, you missed Notepad++, I do know that you can't note all of them.. still pointing out. Thanks again for the list! :)

  98. Aibek
    September 10, 2007 at 1:40 pm

    cool :-)

  99. George
    September 10, 2007 at 1:07 pm

    I'm currently using FF 2.0.* on my USB drive as i type this

  100. apsuva
    September 8, 2007 at 6:19 pm

    süper bir liste tebrikler (great list. congratulations)

  101. good
    September 7, 2007 at 9:29 pm

    […] that you always have important info/software with you. To get started check out our massive list of free portable apps. (Note: iPhone drive isn’t a freeware, costs $9.95) iphone […]

  102. Duc Nguyen
    August 27, 2007 at 2:23 am

    great list. I recommend AutoMee: for automating tasks.

  103. Adam Frinberg
    August 17, 2007 at 10:15 pm

    greate list! thanks

  104. Aibek
    August 9, 2007 at 1:51 am

    Seems like an excellent tool, but unfortunately it's not free ($20). I would rather recommend installing free Bookmark sync extension on a portable version of Firefox. Not as flexible as BookmarkBase but should be fine for most folks.

  105. Andrew
    August 8, 2007 at 9:10 pm

    I recommend you to include Bookmark Base ( to the "Portable Browsers and Internet Tools" section.

  106. Aibek
    July 4, 2007 at 8:52 am

    Thanks for letting me know, it's fixed now. For some reason the source site for the codec pack no longer exist. And unfortunately, I couldn't find any working alternative source.

  107. Takashi
    July 4, 2007 at 5:36 am

    K-Lite Mega Codec Pack with Media Player
    (Bad Link)

  108. Selma Lima
    June 11, 2007 at 8:58 pm

    gostaria de cadastrar email

  109. Aibek
    May 13, 2007 at 10:00 pm

    Thanks Michael, I am sure your readers will enjoy it as well.

  110. Michael
    May 13, 2007 at 9:10 pm

    Great list of portable software. I will definately place a link at

  111. Aibek
    May 7, 2007 at 7:25 am

    Thanks Elwyn... I have no doubt that your readers will love it. ;-)

  112. Elwyn Jenkins
    May 6, 2007 at 7:50 am

    This is a great list. I will recommend this to my readers.

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