Launchy v2.5

Checker on 28 Dec 2015
  • 13MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 3 Apr 2010
  • Suggested by blaumag

Launchy is a keystroke-based program launcher. It indexes the shortcuts in the start menu and other user-specified folder, and attempts to match the partial substring you enter with the list of items in its index. When you run Launchy, it is completely hidden. You activate it by pressing [Alt-Space], and dismiss it by pressing [Esc].

Runs on:Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? No. Creates HKCU\Software\Trolltech
Unicode support: No
Path portability: Requires manual entry of relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: GPL
How to extract:
  1. Download the installer and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. The application is in the {app} folder
  3. Launch Launchy.exe
What's new?
  • Added Simon Capewell as a developer. This release owes quite a lot to him.
  • Faster performance.
  • Icons displayed correctly.
  • Environment variables updated correctly when system changes.
  • Controly includes more items.
  • New shortcut keys.
  • New controls:
    - Shift+tab or Shift+bkspc deletes previous tab.
    - Shift+Ctrl+Enter launches in elevated mode (Vista and Win7).
    - Down arrow shows history (when there is no current search text).
  • Default skin built into executable in case no other skin is found.
  • Down arrow.
  • Launchy now has an icon in the system tray.
  • Skins are simplified and easier to create.

13 comments on Launchy  The Portable Freeware Collection Latest Entries Feed

Ennovy 2017-01-06 13:42

During the setup you can select portable installation. Delete unins000.exe and unins000.dat.
Launch Launchy.exe


Mike.S.G. 2010-04-07 03:50

This is how I fixed the problem...

I use Lupo's Universal Extractor - get the latest (v1.6 R8) updated Jan, 23, 2010. One problem, 'InnoUnp' is only @ 0.28, so you will need to get the latest 'innounp.exe' and update the \bin folder. This will do the trick, 'Launchy2.5.exe' can be extracted.

Lupo's Universal Extractor (Universal_Extractor.exe)(1.6 R8)

Inno Setup Unpacker (innounp029.rar) - (0.29)

Mike.S.G. 2010-04-06 22:18

It looks as if Lupo's UniExtractor (1.6) is having troubles with the latest Launchy executable v2.5.

"Signature detected: Inno Setup Setup Data (5.3.8)
This is not directly supported, but i'll try to unpack it as version 5306
; Version detected: 5308
Unpacking failed. This version is not supported."

doctorfrog 2009-02-20 12:18

Find and Run Robot is an excellent and light alternative to Launchy. It won't make it into this index b/c it requires *free* registration and will nag you until you do, but it's light, completely portable, and has a dozen good plugins. To make it portable, extract to any folder and add "PORTABLE=TRUE" to ConfigDir.ini. Run it anywhere; it will search the local Start Menu and Desktop and other directories for your search terms, plus your USB stick. See for more info.

Fred 2008-12-02 21:00

I have so many portable apps, so I can't be bothered to create Start Menu shortcuts/groups for them all. I really should since they need categorizing.

Most of the time I know what I'm looking for so Launchy does a great job. I have it set to Win+Space as Alt+Space is a built-in Windows shortcut. Launchy is also quicker than burrowing through heaps of Start menu shortcuts and folders.

Andrew Lee 2008-09-11 06:39

@Stealth: The QT DLLs it use create some registry entries under HKU\S-XXX\Software\Trolltech.

MP 2008-02-16 00:02

When I load this program from an autorun.inf->.bat file the little button in the corner for options disappears but when I click in the area it opens the window anyway. This doesn't happen when I launch the app directly from the folder, nor even from the command line.

Stealth? 2008-02-11 07:51

Why isn't this program stealth?

luke 2008-01-01 05:34

i unpackaged, selected the option to make portable and added the folder to a rar. hopefully it will work for you.

linuxamp 2007-12-20 20:48

According to many, launcy 2.0 is still memory hungry.
Another alternative, though not portable, is using Google desktop as a program launcher. Details here:

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