The BEST Portable Apps You Will Ever Carry Around in Your Pocket

Jackson Chung 29-02-2012

Who doesn’t love portable apps? You can carry them around in your thumbdrive, or launch them from a cloud drive. They don’t need to be installed and yet, allows you to commandeer any computer with your choice of applications.


Today, we’d like to announce the release of our Best Portable Apps The Best Portable Apps That Require No Installation Portable apps don't need installation. You can run them from even a flash drive. Here are the best portable apps around. Read More page!

We’ve populated it with awesome apps that we’re sure that you’ll find useful on the move. Included are gems like OpenOffice, allowing you to work on your documents wherever Microsoft Office isn’t installed; KeePass, to help you remember your passwords on the go; TeamViewer, to connect to remote computers no matter where you are; and VLC Player, when you need the flexibility of a versatile media player.

For the full listing of the best portable apps, visit our Best Portable Apps The Best Portable Apps That Require No Installation Portable apps don't need installation. You can run them from even a flash drive. Here are the best portable apps around. Read More page!

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As with the rest of our Best Of family, we’re sure to update this page constantly so bookmark it and check back frequently to discover more useful portable apps that you can store on your thumbdrive.


If we’ve missed your favourite portable app, feel free to let us know by commenting on the page.

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  1. Hendra
    May 7, 2012 at 9:45 am

    Todd, I don't mean to sound like I keep harping on you, but the Smartphone soft key ceahgns were dramatic ? They were more of an Oh. cool. for me.Anyway, on a more constructive note, I usually don't see Mortscript mentioned in these kinds of lists. It's a powerful and easy-to-learn scripting language for Windows Mobile (and Windows iirc). I use it to perform otherwise tedious tasks and to set up my phone with my customizations (CABs and Reg edits) after a wipe. It's free.Another note, the .NET Compact Framework 3.5 seems to yield large performance and stability improvements over 2.0 and I urge you to check it out.BTW, you're right, I'm not David Pogue.

  2. jamesgaus
    April 22, 2012 at 12:44 am

    I'm familiar with but are there any other websites that offer suites other than for systems tools?

  3. Crazie Flawed Narcissistic-VampDoll
    April 1, 2012 at 8:52 am


  4. Ralph Patrick Villaluz
    March 28, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    For someone who uses public computers and carries a USB around, these are really helpful. Thank you for this!

  5. Oluwafemi Moses
    March 20, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Sinserely speaking, makeuseof is doing great.

  6. Deepu
    March 16, 2012 at 6:41 am


    • Fara
      May 10, 2012 at 3:14 am

      a0App Store is by apple for iPhone and iPod Touch, iPad and Mac create svcriee that allows users to from iTunes Store or Mac App Store browse and download some to iPhone SDK or Mac development application.

  7. Jason Pierre
    March 11, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    I;m all about the auto update feature that Portable apps includes.

  8. edgewolf7
    March 6, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    Sorry about this, but my question is about another article you wrote long time ago, and I cannot use google+.
    Anyway, about file sharing between Windows and Mac. I can see my mac in windows' net work and mac can read windows' files.
    But, I want use a account to log in the mac, which I cannot. I have to share the files I want to share with everyone to allow my windows read mac's files.

    Is there any way that I can see mac's files like it between windows, which I have to have a account to check files.

    I usually just use chines to ask questions, I hope you could understand what I'm asking. Thx.

    • Jackson Chung
      March 13, 2012 at 10:24 pm

      If I understand what you're asking, then the answer would have to be no. In order to access all of your Mac files, you'd need to access it through AFP, which isn't available from a Windows PC.

      • edgewolf7
        March 16, 2012 at 5:29 am

        I heard a solution is that use VMware of something like that use Windows on Mac, and share files through it. But, question is, every time I want use file-sharing function, I have to use VM... and that makes me sad...

  9. PhatMan
    March 3, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    I carry a USB stick with me at all times and have been a fan of portable applications for a long time. Thanks for this list. There are some gems on it. Can I suggest portable Dropbox (HKK Dropbox)?

    • Jackson Chung
      March 13, 2012 at 10:24 pm

      Thanks, we'll look into that

    • Cesar
      May 8, 2012 at 12:20 pm

      The SDK launch, the same year after July 11,, apple APP Store ofifical online. July 14,, the APP Store in the application of available for download has reached 800, to 10 million times online download. January 16, 2009, digital refresh for more than 15000, and more than 500 million downloads application. On January 6, 2011 app store extended to MAC platform. APP Store platform for most of the cost less than $10, application and about 20% of application is for free download. Users buy application is the fee that pays by apple and application developers 3:7 into.a0

  10. Emir Kaymakoglu
    March 1, 2012 at 2:27 am

    In the current era of cloud computing, I think no one really cares portable apps anymore.

    • Jackson Chung
      March 13, 2012 at 10:25 pm

      Really? That may be a very general assumption. Some users might prefer using a portable browser on a public computer. Others like to carry their apps on a thumbdrive if they work offline a lot.

    • mukhi
      April 22, 2012 at 3:58 pm

      i am sorry Emir but i guess you are under a very wrong impression. cloud computing may be good for countries where internet speed/access is just like "wow!". however, portable apps, although limited in compared to the corresponding installed one, are worth keeping it...i would walk 1000 miles to grab a portable software anytime, anywhere, anyhow. there are several pros but what impresses me the most is that it does not need to be "installed".

      i have recently started keeping portable apps in my home computer whenever available. and, guess what? you can keep unlimited no matter whether you use it frequently or not. windows is registry dependent which means more the apps you install, heavier the registry (and the system) would be which slows down the system. i can see amazing result by not keeping too many installed software.

      thanks to makeuseof to make the searching job so easy for us.

  11. lotrix
    February 29, 2012 at 3:19 pm Suite is more than enough.. Its like an OS running on our Pendrive...

    • Jackson Chung
      March 13, 2012 at 10:26 pm

      You should really check out our Best of Portable Apps page. You'd be surprised at the number of apps that isn't included in the PortableApps suite.