How to Turn USB Device into Almost Full-Scale PC

Kaly (Arslan Esengulov) 07-01-2007

portable applications for mac and windows


Today I want to go through a bunch of amazing resources from where you can get tons of free portable applications which can be installed or simply unpacked on any external storage device(USB flash drive, iPod, portable hard drives and etc). Once you get your favorite programs on a USB stick or something similar you can use them from your office, school, friend’s PC, etc. It’s in a way like taking software part of your computer wherever you go, it can be your firefox(incl. your settings and bookmarks), email program(with all the settings), office program, games, media player, image editor and lots more.

Being able to install Firefox as a portable application is already something awesome and compelling because, similarly to regular version portable one can also utilize any of available firefox extensions, making it much more then just a browser. I mean it’s just a USB stick but possibilities are literally limitless, for instance installing greasemonkey addon Greasemonkey Makes Firefox Unbeatable Read More on your portable firefox will let you do almost anything from downloading youtube videos to removing ads from favorite websites(myspace). Or add to it recently discussed gspace addon and you’ll be able to use your gmail account as online storage tool from any computer. more, more and more ….

Where to get free portable software?

There are many websites where you can get all sorts of portable applications, and mostly free. Two of the most popular resources for windows users are and Check them out, in case you like something and feel like trying out simply download program on your PC and unpack it into your external device. also has portable apps suite, all-in-one tool that incorporates a firefox web browser, thunderbird email client, openOffice office suite, calendar/scheduler, instant messaging client, antivirus, sudoku game, backup utility and integrated menu, all preconfigured to work portably, definitely something good to start with.

When it comes to MAC users a bunch of resources available as well, have a look at – OS X Portable Applications(approx. 25 programs) if you find nothing interesting there check out some of the other options I have listed below.


More Portable Applications for Windows:

  • Wikipedia – List of Portable Applications
  • TheInfoBox
  • – here you can get applications separately or as all-in-one combo tool
  • DamnSmallLinux – Linux from USB (either from Linux or Windows)
  • – over 200 applications

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  1. Gasp
    February 14, 2010 at 2:01 am

    I found that Liberkey to be incredibly useful. Its based on ASuite and is customised so that it allows for automatic updates of chosen applications. There are currently 282 potable apps. Its also really easy to add in your own applications. I think it would be a good addition to your list.

  2. patrick
    January 16, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    Very nice site.

  3. love
    October 16, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    bless this post with love,peace,respect and success.

  4. suzanlawrence
    November 29, 2007 at 3:37 am

    I found this article extremely informative, but I couldn’t help but notice that the I-flapp was not on your list. I have had mine for a few months and love it! It has many of the same features and capable of even more, than some of the items on your list. I love how I am able to carry my personal desktop around where ever I go, and able to access all of my programs without leaving any of my information behind! I can make any computer anywhere mine at any given time!

    • Aibek
      November 29, 2007 at 10:10 am

      Thanks for the comment comment Suzan

      The idea of this post was to list free portable programs. That's why there are no gadget recommendations here..;-)

  5. tony
    February 28, 2007 at 7:34 pm

    good work! This should definitely go to the digg's home page

  6. duncan
    February 28, 2007 at 7:31 pm

    Nice resource> i've had a look through some of them and there is an excellent choice.

    I got a list of what I use as a designer here:

  7. UCB
    January 14, 2007 at 1:42 am

    Feel free to digg it upto the front page of digg: