RocketDock v1.3.5

Checker on 6 Aug 2014
  • 10MB (uncompressed)
  • Suggested by USBman

RocketDock is a smoothly animated, alpha-blended program launcher that resembles the "dock" found in Mac OS X. It features a simple drag-and-drop interface, multi-monitor support, running application indicators, compatibility with most dock skin format, relative path support etc.

Functional on 64-bit systems.

System Requirements: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
Path portability: Requires manual entry of drive-less absolute path (eg. \docs\personal\work.doc without the drive letter)
License: Freeware
How to extract:
  1. Download the installer and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. The application is in the {app} folder
  3. Create a blank file called Settings.ini in that folder
  4. Optionally, delete unnecessary language and help files and skins
  5. Launch RocketDock.exe

34 comments on RocketDock  The Portable Freeware Collection Latest Entries Feed

Claus Valca 2007-01-30 07:30

Man I love this thing! They've really seemed to improve it over earlier versions. Doesn't seem to make constant hard-drive calls unlike RKLauncher when I monitor it with Sysinternals' ProcessMonitor.

Peter Olson 2007-01-30 08:17

Wow,I had seen this a while ago and thought it wasn't something that I'd like. But I've played around with this for a few days, and it's quite helpful... as well as fun!

a 2007-01-30 08:28

what is the difference between rocketdock and rk launcher, they both resemble yzdock in nature..

Ram 2007-01-30 12:02

Site is working, but download link is down (

Server Error
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[code=CANT_CONNECT] Could not connect because of networking problems. Contact your system administrator.
Please contact the administrator.

Caltd 2007-01-30 12:58

Having a problem getting the application to use relative paths rather than a drive letter mapping. Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance!

Palshife 2007-01-30 22:39

Caltd: Here's what I've got so far that works. After you add the program to the dock, right click it and go into Icon Settings. Delete off the drive letter and the leading colon in the Target and Start In boxes, leaving just the root slash. Add any other programs you'd like to use with it, then exit. Open settings.ini file with your notepad of choice, and do a Replace All for "X:" to "" (obviously, change X to whatever drive letter your USB drive gets assigned). This not only maintains portability, but allows you to keep the icons associated with the program as well.

mark 2007-01-31 01:38

Does anyone know if this app. is safe? I use Cyberhawk and it popped up a message informing me that the app. was trying to inject a system dll, which is typical of trojans or rootkits. Maybe someone should check this out.

Andrew Lee 2007-01-31 03:57

The "Target" path is relative to the "Start in" path, which is rather unconventional IMHO. So for example, if you have two folders "photofiltre" and "rocketdock" at the same level, and you are trying to specify a relative path to "photofiltre.exe", you should set:

Start in = ..\photofiltre
Target = "photofiltre.exe

Andrew Lee 2007-01-31 03:58

mark, I won't be surprised if RocketDock tries to inject a system DLL, since it needs to handle certain low-level system events eg. app minimize messages.

Philippe Hamel 2007-03-20 03:25

Tip: ShortPopUp 4.1 instead of KKmenu is much more practical and versatile

frsfrs 2007-03-20 04:47

Note: this program requires be logged as Administrator to proceed with installation

David A 2007-03-20 19:04

Note to frsfrs - use Universal extractor and follow the "how to extract" as stated above and then follow the instructions as per Palshife above, then this will work fine as a portable app under any drive designation.

Portable Paul 2007-08-25 10:48

this is the BEST launcher. If you really use your portable apps this thing is super configurable and really easy on the eyes. I use a few docklet and launchers with it, yam and shortpopup primarily. install it once and copy the install folder to your drive and you're done. there's an portable setting inside the app.

Guilherme Rocha 2007-10-01 07:23

Hello friends,

I can't use relative paths.

I already follow the Palshife instructions, but dont runs.

Somebody have more information?

joby_toss 2007-10-03 03:38

Some applications listed here (like this one) can be "extracted" using Install Explorer plug-in for Total Commander.
Is there a reason you don't recommend this (other than TC being shareware) ?

Arie ( 2007-10-04 09:01

You have to be administrator in order to install the programm.
Can someone tell me how not te be administrator to use it?

Kind regards,

Totoche 2007-10-09 23:41

You can use a little french GPL soft ( to config rocketdock in portable version with relative path

AgapeDisciple 2007-10-10 20:32

I got the PortableRocketDock from the French site, but it's not working correctly. It removes the drive letter and puts the relative path to where the RocketDock is installed, but that's not what RocketDock is looking for. It needs the path as Palshife mentioned.

So if the path is: F:/PortableApp/7zip.exe
and RocketDock is installed in: F:/RocketDock

Then the PortableRocketDock tool will make it: ../PortableApp/7zip.exe

Instead it needs to be: /PortableApp/7zip.exe

Too bad it doesn't work right.

a 2007-11-13 15:47

shrink down the file size, go to language folder delete all except whatever language you want (look up langauge codes) 1033 is english, go to help folder and delete all the files (keep the lang you need or delete all) and if you dont plan to run this on older machine then xp you can delete gdiplus.dll. and delete the tools folder too to make it at a whopping 2.3 megs.

a 2007-11-13 15:54

you can go further and delete icons, liscence files and skins you dont wont it will be less than 1 mb.

Mario 2008-01-16 06:08

Great App! Thanks for this free software. :-)

Whore-Hey 2008-03-28 19:07

I did just as the guy named "a" said, and the program went down to less than 1MB! Although, if you delete the skins folder and icons folder it will not start, so you will need to keep those folders!

Kermode 2008-03-28 21:57

I'd say that its more a dock than a launcher, and has a limited number of programs which comfortably can fit. But it looks good.

Ben 2008-07-05 05:18

What a treasure chest this application is. For those who are concerned about the limited space on the dock, explore the add-on docklets. Docklets are located on the website and this application provides support for ObjectDock docklets (such as those at Of interest to portable application users are a docklet which pops up a customizable menu for program launching, system status docklets (such as drive space monitors), and a "safely remove hardware" docklet. There are many others, such as clocks, "lock windows" docklets, screen capture docklets, etc. This application is highly customizable. I just wish someone would create a "task switcher" docklet for easily switching between applications that aren't minimized.

guest 2008-08-08 15:09

Great now how do you make it autorun on a thumbdrive?
autorun.ini is in the root here it is:

Open=portable RocketDock\RocketDock.exe
Action=Start portable RocketDock\RocketDock.exe
Icon=portable RocketDock\RocketDock.exe

It won't autorun the app just the standard windows AutoPlay with options to click on.

Tim 2008-08-12 12:56

Anyone figure out how to make the relative paths yet?

Skate6566 2008-08-22 21:35

Tim: Yeah, turn on "store in an INI" option. Add all applications to it, then go to the directory and open the .ini it makes with all your options in it called "settings.ini" in notepad. Choose to replace all "X:" with "" and hit replace all. (X being the drive letter, scroll down in notepad to see what it is somewhere) Then test one of the applications to see if they run from RocKetDock.

Tim 2008-11-10 02:59

Just right click the apps, go to Icon Settings and delete the drive letter and colon in the Target, and Start in fields. Like you said.

was C:\whatever
now \whatever

maibaum 2009-10-17 11:00

It has been implicitely mentioned in previous comments, but I wanted to repeat it explicitely: you do NOT need to create a "settings.ini" file manually any more. Instead, after the first launch, in Dock Settings, simply flag "store settings in a portable INI" and you're all set.

Jeebus 2010-05-26 03:50

If I remember right you have to use old style dos paths on programs too, so if MalibuBarbiesDreamHouse\Go.exe isn't working, try Malibu~1\Go.exe

Get it?

david 2010-09-22 11:51

I have my dock to how I want it and now every time i log off, shutdown, or restart my laptop the stack docklets keep returning to a blank folder. Does anyone know what I am trying to explain or know how to prevent this from happening, its getting annoying having to change everything back. Shoot an email to me if you have answers for me it would be greatly appreciated.

Gmacri 2010-09-22 17:41

Somebody know if there will be a program update?

webfork 2010-09-23 17:14

Gmacri: looks like the last release was the "final" one. You might try emailing the authors.

giulia 2013-10-31 19:06

No Stealth
it creates this folder HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\StackDocklet


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