Liberkey: 200+ Portable Apps Wherever You Go [Windows]

Leon 09-06-2009

Liberkey (probably a play off of liberty, heh) is a freely downloadable program that groups a lot of portable apps 100 Portable Apps for Your USB Stick for Windows and macOS Portable apps let you take your favorite software anywhere via a flash drive or cloud storage. Here are 100 of them to cover your every need, from games to image editors. Read More together to make life that much simpler for people who need simplicity.


And who doesn’t like simple, other than my grandmother? According to their website, they aim to be a “swiss army knife” type of tool, providing access to a plethora of various free programs that can be accessed at any moment on any computer (and in a variety of ways!).

Just to name a few of the many programs included:

Notepad 3 Windows Text Editors For Programmers Read More : text editor
– Google Chrome: web browser
Ccleaner Best Programs to Keep Your Computer Secure Read More : program uninstaller and registry cleaner tool
Windirstat Visualize your Hard Drive Usage with WinDirStat Read More : hard drive usage mapper
GIMP 4 Great Applications for the Graphic Designer on a Budget Read More : images editing and manipulation program
Format Factory 5 Easy-to-use Freeware Video Converters Read More : video converter
– and many more.

The software is split into three different compilations – Basic (28 softwares) , Standard (106 softwares) , and Ultimate (all 200+ softwares). It is further divided into easily identifiable categories including video, system utilities, audio, CD-DVD, file management, among many others.

Aside from running Liberkey after it’s installed on your computer, you can also install it on a portable hard drive or USB and run it straight from the device. This saves the trouble of you having to install everything on a host computer, and it provides a lot more mobility.


Small and compact, like a baby!
The Liberkey application doesn’t take up much space at all, and its size is about that of Trillian or Pidgin Pidgin - Tips and Tricks Read More . If you minimize, it’ll just be a small icon in the system tray. The reason I downloaded this program was that I thought its GUI (Graphical User Interface) was very intuitive. All of the programs are categorized very concisely and to the point, making it easy for people who aren’t that computer literate to be able to access everything without getting lost.

Liberkey prefers that you register an account with them before downloading their package, but it’s free to download so you’re not required to. Even so, Liberkey constantly updates their package and adds to its program repertoire. Members who are signed up through their website are able to instantly update their Liberkey software by automatically downloading any of the new addons through the internet.


Liberkey also has a “associate file extensions” feature which allows users to launch any file whether from a directory or drive without compatibility problems.


One last thing to note is that I think Liberkey is written by a group of French programmers, as their main website (and a lot of the correspondence including forums) is in French. But don’t worry, they have an English website as well.

If you’re interested, you can check it out here. Also, if you’re interested, check out one of our very popular posts, 100 Portable Apps for your USB Stick (for Mac and Win) 100 Portable Apps for Your USB Stick for Windows and macOS Portable apps let you take your favorite software anywhere via a flash drive or cloud storage. Here are 100 of them to cover your every need, from games to image editors. Read More and view all other posts regarding apps that can fit on a thumbdrive.

Have you used Liberkey? How did you find it? Any other better alternatives to recommend? Shout out in the comments!

Related topics: Portable App, USB Drive.

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  1. galael
    January 28, 2010 at 11:23 am

    I'm a bit confuse.
    The open source world provides us a lot of greats softwares wich are clearly (very) good alternatives to proprietary softwares.
    As newbee in "portable applications world", i'm searching of "my solution" and your article is appeared in search result.
    Liberkey seem to be attractive but Jeremy's comment, report some serious points.

    So a new search in forum about Liberkey and legality, return their clear point of view.
    Again a search, but this time in Liberkey's forum ... and another clear point of view.

    Now, as little user, who i'm trust in ? who i must believe ?

    That's why i'm confuse.

  2. Jeremy
    June 10, 2009 at 9:37 am

    It should be noted that liberkey illegally packages software. They ripped of and used all their code and their launchers without providing credit or source code for over a year.

    They're currently violating the mozilla trademark guidelines since they're doing all the mozilla apps without permission. They're violating the gpl and lgpl on all apps they provide. They're packaging chrome and other apps without permission in violation of their eula. All their launchers are closed source and may do bad things. Their menu program is just asuite with a different theme (the exact same one used by winpenpack and lupopensuite). The file associations are done using cafe which wasn't written by them either and can be used with, winpenpack, lupo, etc.

    Liberkey didn't actually create anything themselves. They're just ripping off everyone else's work.

    • Charles
      June 10, 2009 at 10:52 am

      Well they DO HAVE one feature that neither of the other two have. Auto update. I discovered both Poartable Apps and Winpenpack a while back. They are GREAT!!! But having to go thru and manually update on a regular basis is a real pain and would be quite time consuming if I did a through job of it. That's the first feature that jumps out at me. Even before visiting the site.
      By the way, I do understand they are BLATTENLY violating tradmarks and licensing all over the place. I just wish the Winpan people could find it in their hearts to add that particular feature.

      • John
        June 6, 2020 at 11:09 am

        PortableApps application runs a check every time it's opened and prompts to update installed apps, been using it for years and never an issue. If remember rightly alternatives to PortableApps quite often write to the registry (ccleaner was one of those) - PortableApps doesn't leave traces on the computer it's run on, most the others do. Poor article