List of portable software

List of portable software

Portable software is a class of software that is suitable for use on portable drives such as a USB (thumb) drive or iPod or Palm PDA with "drive mode", although any external hard drive could theoretically be used. [cite web |url = |title = Fun with Portable Software | date = 2006-09-07 | author = John Guilfoil | accessdate = 2008-01-24 ] [cite web |url = |title = 100 Portable Apps for your USB Stick | author = | accessdate = 2008-01-24 ] The concept of carrying one's favored applications, utilities, and files on a portable drive for use on any computer is one which has evolved considerably in recent years.

Programs in this category (also known as "portable applications") are typically 'lite' versions of their parent software, but there are many exceptions.

To be considered portable, for purpose of this list, a software program must:

# Not require any kind of formal installation onto a computer's permanent storage device to be executed, and can be stored on a removable storage device such as USB flash drive, enabling it to be used on multiple computers.
# Settings are stored with, and can be carried around with, the software (i.e., they are written to the USB drive).
#: If the registry is used to store settings, the application's configuration isn't portable, and must be set up on every PC it is used on
# Leaves a zero (or near-zero) "footprint" on any PC it's run on after being used.
#: i.e., All temporary files/registry settings should be removed once the program has exited, and files created by the user can be saved directly to the same removable media as the application is stored on.

Generally, smaller utility/toolkit software is inherently fairly portable; though larger applications are sometimes changed in order to allow a portable versions to be released (e.g., Opera@USB).

Application launchers

* ASuite
* U3
* Ceedo
* Launchy
* MojoPac
* PStart
* WinPenPack



* Portable Dev-C++
* JCreator Not entirely portable, because it leaves some settings on the host computer.
* Portable (needs MinGW installed, which is portable too)
* Hackety Hack, which is an educational version of ruby, can be installed on pendrive.
* Alice (software)

cripting Languages

* Portable NSIS Version

Visual mapping tool/Productivity tool



3D Modeling And Rendering

* Anim8or
** Free 3D modeling and animating software.
* Blender:
** BlenderPortable
** Blender Pocket
** XBlender
* Wings3d
**All versions are portable
* SketchUp
** Kerkythea Models made in SketchUp can be easily rendered in Kerkythea

Graphic Editors

* ArtRage
* Artweaver
** GIMP Portable VS 2008 is the Gimp portable version of Gimp on Microsoft Windows platforms (Windows XP,Vista,NT Server 2003,NT Server 2008)
** Portable Gimp - for Mac OS X
** X-Gimp
** X-GimpShop
* Inkscape:
** X-Inkscape
** Portable Inkscape - for Mac OS X
* Pixia
* XTuxPaint
* IrfanView
* Portable Adobe Photoshop
*MobaPhoto - Portable image suite


* Cas
* RedEye


* FastStone Image Viewer
* Irfanview
* XnView

Document Based

Office and Publishing

* Abiword
* Jarte
* Qjot
* Portable StarOffice
* RagTime
* Scribus Open source DTP, similar to PageMaker InDesign QuarkXPress (Win2K/XP)
* Microsoft Office 2007


* EmEditor Professional - for portability, select "Import and Export" on "Tools" menu.
* gVim - for advanced users
* Notepad++
* Notepad2
* NoteTab Light
* NotesHolder - desktop notes, for portability install it in Portable mode.
* PSPad - for portable use choose CAB archive
* SciTE - for portability, set SciTE_HOME environment variable before launching
* StickyNotes - Not an official portable app but will work as one.
* TED Notepad - for portability, create a "tednpad.ini" file
* Textpad for text documents of every sort.
* UltraEdit (UE3)
* VEDIT - for portability, check "Install onto removable USB drive" checkbox on the first setup dialog.
* ATPad - completely portable.


* DreamKana
* Maxima
* Stellarium
* GCompris


See List of portable computer games


Web browsers

* Avant
* e-Capsule™ Private Browser
* Mozilla Firefox, Portable Edition (aka Firefox Portable)
* Maxthon Browser
* OperaUsb
* XeroBank Browser
* OffByOne Web Browser
* Internet Explorer 7

Email clients

* e-Capsule™ Private Mail
* Mozilla Thunderbird Portable
* Pegasus Mail
* Pine
* OperaUsb (Integrated Email client)
* The Bat! Voyager
* eMailaya stand-alone mail client
* Portable Mail - for Mac OS X

Instant messaging

* Adium - for Mac OS X
* Coccinella
* Google Talk
* Miniaim
* Miranda IM
* Windows Live Messenger Lite
* Pidgin Portable (formerly Gaim Portable)
* Portable Skype
* Portable PSI
* TerraIM
* Versoworks Ahoihoi
* Trillian Anywhere
* Portable iChat - for Mac OS X

FTP clients

* WinSCP
* FileZilla
* Portable Cyberduck
* SmartFTP
* FlashFXP

Download managers

* Wget
* HTTrack
* WxDownload Fast
* Free Download Manager - "Note: installation required to create portable version."

=P2P file sharing=

* BitComet - "Note: needs msxml."
* BitTornado - "Note: needs msxml."
* Emule
* OperaUsb (integrated torrent client)
* μTorrent
* FrostWire
* Limewire Portable


* Chatzilla "Note: Requires a Mozilla based browser, e.g. SeaMonkey, or Firefox."
* HydraIRC
* Miranda IM
* mIRC "Note: mIRC is not a portable application but it has U3 support meaning that it can be installed on U3 Smart drives. It won't work as a portable any other way."
* Nettalk
* Pidgin (formerly Gaim)
* Operausb (Integrated Irc client)
* Xchat
* TurboIRC
* Portable X-Chat Aqua - for Mac OS X
* kvirc

RSS, Atom readers

* RSSOwl "Note: needs Java runtime environment."
* Portable Vienna - for Mac OS X

=Telnet, SSH clients=

*WinSCP Portable Edition - SFTP/SCP/FTP client, remote file manager, GUI -- see WinSCP.

Bookmark managers

* Portable Bookmarks

Search engines

* Filehawk
* Gaviri PocketSearch

Podcast managers

* Juice
* Ziepod

Proxy server/clients and Routing Networks

* Portable Tor


* PmWiki
* TiddlyWiki
* Moin Moin Desktop Edition

Wiki-like (Note: These are not web-based)

* EverNote (freeware & commercial versions)
* TreeDBNotes (freeware & commercial versions)
* StoneNotes (commercial/proprietary)
* Wikidpad

Operating Systems

"See List of LiveDistros and Live USB"


*Moka5 LivePC Engine (Portable VMWare). Note: Dynamically loads and unloads network drivers and requires administrator rights.
* Mojopac portable chopped down copy of windows. Requires administrator rights.


File converters

* Audiograbber is a CD audio extractor (digitally).
* BonkEnc
* CDex
* MediaCoder
* SUPER - (Simplified Universal Player Encoder & Renderer) is a program that easily encapsulates the capabilities of ffmpeg, MEncoder, mplayer, x264, mppenc, ffmpeg2theora, and the theora/vorbis RealProducer plugIn. Has problems with portability.
* TMPGEnc - a video encoder that supports HDV import/output along with DivX 6 AVI, MPEG-1/2/4, QuickTime (MOV), and Window Media (WMV/WMV-HD/WMA) input/output.

CD/DVD burning

* DeepBurner Portable Edition
* InfraRecorder


* Portable Audacity - for Windows and Mac OS X
* Audiobook Cutter Free Edition
* mp3DirectCut

Audio/Midi Sequencer

* Reaper has a .bat file for a USB stick installation


* FLV player
* Media Player Classic
* 1by1
* Billy
* Portable BSplayer
* CD
* foobar2000 - not for Windows 98
* MPlayer
* The KMPlayer - A useful portable player (use zip version to make it portable)
* The Core Pocket Media Player
* VideoLAN:
** VLC Media Player Portable
** Portable VLC for Mac OS X
** XVideoLAN
* XMPlay
* Winamp


* Streamripper
* StationRipper

Video Capture

* VirtualDub


HTTP servers

* Rails, Apache, and MySQL
* Server2Go
* The Uniform Server
* HTTP File Server (HFS)
* easyPHP

ee also

* Comparison of WAMPs

Web applications run using the HTTP server

Once a portable web server such as XAMPP or WOS is running, portable applications requiring the Apache and MySQL can then be run. Some examples of which are:
* Mediawiki - the software that powers Wikipedia
* Drupal and Joomla - open source content management systems


* Netcat
* Proxomitron - Filtering Web Proxy
* Xming
* WinDump: Tcpdump for Windows
* Wireshark
* VNC: RealVNC Viewer for Windows

Other Tools

Web Editors

* Portable Nvu and KompoZer - for Mac OS X and Windows.
* Portable - Complete office suite, which includes HTML editor.

Calendar management

* Portable Sunbird - for Mac OS X, and Windows
* Portable iCal - for Mac OS X

File management

* Directory Opus by selecting the USB/U3 export option
* Servant Salamander 1.52
* Total Commander
* Duplicate Files Searcher
* XYplorer
* FreeCommander

File Archivers and Extractors

* 7-Zip Portable
* Filzip
* PeaZip, for Linux and Windows
* iZarc2go, Portable version of iZarc
* WinRAR, Portable version for Windows, still requires having a license for a regular version of WinRAR. The version number for WinRAR Unplugged is, while the latest WinRAR for Windows version is 3.71.

Unit Converters

* [ Converber] is a unit converter that supports over 1000 various units of measure in 32 categories. Customizable.

PDF Tools


* Foxit Reader
* Sumatra PDF


* Portable OpenOffice - for Microsoft Windows
* Portable OpenOffice - for Mac OS X

ecurity and Encryption

Password Management

*KeePass Portable
*Password Safe
*Roboform RoboForm2Go


* CWShredder
* HijackThis Powerful tool for listing all startup programs and other hidden system modifications.
* Spybot - Search & Destroy Note - Requires power user or administrator privileges for Windows XP


* ClamWin Portable
* Rootkit Revealer

Real-Time Disk/Volume Encryption

"Note: All of the software in this section requires administrator privileges to start their respective drivers."

File Encryption

* Carry it Easy +Plus
* Toucan (software)

ystem Maintenance

torage Management

Visual maps of free space and biggest files and folders on hard drive.

ystem Information

*CPU-Z - CPU and memory hardware details - clock and FSB speeds, SPD, OS version.
*AIDA32 - freeware system information, diagnostics, and auditing program written by Tamas Miklos, Win 95-XP.

Partition/File Recovery

* Photorec
* Testdisk
* Recuva Not an official portable app but does work as one.

ee also

*VMware ThinApp, a virtualization suite (with the ability to make portable programs)


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