Portable Application Launcher v3.1.12.1

Checker on 6 Aug 2014
  • 30MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on
  • Suggested by wirrerork

Portable Application Launcher organizes shortcuts into groups and categories. It's accessed via the system tray or user-defined hotkeys. Several styles and some languages are included. It can also be used as a portable desktop. PAL is capable of automatically installing PortableApps.com Format (PAF) applications, as well as many entries here on PortableFreeware. An included browser for downloading apps can be used with Universal Extractor and a simplistic updater module.

The program includes several extras not included in other launcher programs including favorites bar, "most-used apps" menu, file manager & search, simple RSS & iCal readers, timer, and more.

A 64-bit version is available (within the folder).

Note: Main site currently offline. Linking to Softpedia (thanks Baas).

Runs on:WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
Path portability: Automatic relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: Free for personal use
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch Launch.exe (for 32-bit OS) or Launchx64.exe (for 64-bit OS).
What's new?
  • 64bit-Version included.
  • Plugin: Heatmap (Java).
  • Spanish translation updated.
  • Improved Truecrypt support.

28 comments on Portable Application Launcher  The Portable Freeware Collection Latest Entries Feed

portaddict 2013-04-05 10:01

This is THE BEST portable launcher I have found so far with tons of features and customizations. Sadly, it looks like development has been discontinued. The website is down and there hasn't been an update since long :(


abc 2013-01-20 19:45

Unfortunately the website and download links are not accessible: "403 Forbidden" and "404 Not found" errors.


abc 2012-07-25 17:15

I was getting ready to go back to Asuite but the "load icons at startup" option makes it run so much snappier on my machine. Thanks for the tip.


qyron 2011-12-26 21:03

Hi wirrerork! I couldn't find your e-mail address on your website so I'm asking my question here (and I hope you'll eventually read it). First of all I really like your program, it has some distinct features not found in other launchers that make it my launcher of choice. The only problem (for me) is it's license which says "free for personal, non-commercial use". Does this means that I can't install it on my work laptop in order to launch programs needed for my work? Is there a way to solve this issue?


wirrerork 2011-07-11 18:15

Yes, the LaunchV3Dev comes with all styles extracted. Settings are still stored in zip files. But since they are stored in separate files, there seems to be no noticeable difference in loading/storing time. For slow mediums zip files might even win over uncompressed files. There is also an option "load icons at startup". You can trade startup time against runtime performance with that option. Displaying an icon for the first time might be slower if the icon cache is enabled (default). Version 3.1.1 comes with less root folders.


hutchinsfairy 2011-07-11 08:19

@Evren I think if you unzip the files it will use the unzipped folders instead. I might be getting confused with the dev version though were they are unzipped by default.


Evren C 2011-06-02 23:43

Smart bu not useful.
Comes with very nice features, Some of them are quite smart and goes quite further from pstart that I use but...

Slow. Extremly slow. A few suggestions.

1. Reading and writing settings on zip files is the worst part of the program. Why it is needed even it makes the program slower on netbooks etc.?

2. Nobody likes bloat. Still use Pstart for my (over 500) programs cos it is only exist of 1 executable and 1 XML. But it will be ok if the all files, settings and pictures etc. will be under one (just one) folder. Sure that nobody likes tons of files under root of his/her USB drive. Expecially nowadays with hundreds of flash drive infecting vir-uses.

3. And... If all files (sure except Launch.exe) will be under a folder, that folder must be named same with the executable like in pstart. For example my pstart is named as "menu.exe" and it reads it's XML under folder "menu" ;) Try it...

4. Ok ok, zipping files like lang and styles may sound nice in aspect of less files but, sure everybody can delete the ones not in use. Zip trick is not neccessary.

And I'm waiting (hope soon) for further developments. I'm really excited about smart ideas. Software is quite promising, but spped is everything. Sure a clean disk root also ;)

Thanks to wirrerork for this software. Willing to switch soon.


wirrerork 2011-05-23 11:45

Thanks. Such option will be available in 3.0.9. You can delete/rename the splash.png file, but it disable ALL splash screens.


Robin C 2011-05-21 18:53

A very nice application. Suggestion: An option to disable the splash screen that shows while the program loads.


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