PortableApps.com Platform v15.0.2 Updated

billon on 18 May 2018
  • 11MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 18 May 2018
  • Suggested by gp_hbk

PortableApps.com Platform is an all-in-one tool for portable software download, management and updating. An included launcher shows nested folders organized automatically by function or favorite status, as well as a cascading app view on right-click of the tray icon. The program's appearance can be customized with transparency and several color, texture, and background options.

Other tools include a find-as-you-type search functionality, available cloud installation, drive error checker, backup/restore utility, portable fonts, automatic application closing on shutdown and more. The program can also work with portable software outside of the PortableApps format (see Extract instructions).

Functional in 64-bit and WINE, includes broad language support and proxy support.

System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10 / Wine
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
Path portability: Automatic relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: Freeware/Open Source
How to extract:
  1. Download and run the portable installer
  2. Options are provided to extract to the local PC, connected portable drives, cloud drives, and custom directories
  3. Launch Start.exe

To add non-PortableApps applications place the program in its own subfolder under the \PortableApps subfolder and press F5 or restart. The new app will appear in the launcher menu under Other.
Similar/alternative apps: WinPenPack NetMenu, ASuite
What's new? See:

24 comments on PortableApps.com Platform  The Portable Freeware Collection Latest Entries Feed

nyarnon 2006-11-23 09:20

Now why doesn't PFC have something like that.

mosaic 2006-11-23 17:34

I second that. Maybe we could collectively compile a list and make a PFC version? By the way, I think PFC is very well maintained. It's time to take to the next level?

[BOT]Fluffy 2006-11-23 20:09

Heh, can't help but wonder where the "inspiration" for this UI came from. :P

Andrew Lee 2006-11-23 21:00

Why do we need a "PFC version" when we already have PStart? :) Just to introduce yet another format? eg. PPAF (PFC Portable Application Format).

stacoma 2006-11-23 22:55

Major updates were made with the programs there, but I think PStart just makes a better fit for many (at this time) than the PAS launcher, especially with it being new.

mosaic 2006-11-25 04:48

Okay, you guys made good points about PStart. I liked it initially, however, I no longer use it. I have a dedicated 20GB portable USB drive for all the portable applications. I constantly add/delete/update my software collections, thanks to the proliferation of portable softwares. However, almost everytime I have to add a new entry or remove or modify (especially if you are keeping multiple versions of the same software) in the PStart. It's a pain in ...?

Anyhow, I am not purely saying to following the suite, but something innovative to keep the pain out of upgrading/deleting/adding a new portable software and yet still easily make PStart workable.

I am not so sure I am making any sense. later guys. keep up the good work.

under_line 2006-12-14 03:46

Excellent look. I like it. But i not to PortableApps scan my folders, I want to add application in menu myself :( like PStart.

Meter 2007-04-03 09:30

I really like ASuite (search for it here at PFC). It's a lot like PStart, but it's open source and bit more tweakable.

Donald 2008-06-03 03:00

the upcoming beta and all future versions are PAF only

Donald 2008-06-03 03:01

that will mean no more exe's added by just adding

a 2008-06-04 14:31

i'd say this is aesthetically pleasing, but it's just to darn simple and it appears to be proprietary (see Donald's comment), i will have to develop a menu myself, based around this applications looks entirely.

a 2008-06-04 14:33

.. but with a hell of a lot more options. a PStart, Portable Apps Suite, hybrid sounds intriguing.

E=mcc 2008-06-11 05:35

i like portableapps.com, but i have found a fork project on sourceforge.net named geek.menu, this will improve portableApps in many ways:
- menu structure
- dynamic drive-letter-replacement
- trueCrypt-support
- better design
- etc.
i love it.

donncon 2008-07-14 08:38

I stopped using the PortableApps launcher in favor of PStart due to portablity, directory structure, etc... PortableApps has a nice product, and a great site, but I find myself on this site using PStart for a reason....it's better.

applelzy@yahoo.com 2009-10-13 09:14

Not working even run the extract file. Could anyone tell me where should I extract to? Which directory? TQ

webfork 2010-09-15 19:46

Other launcher programs have a lot more features but this program is more directed at the average user who doesn't need a lot of features and options. The integrated search is Window's own search program, which is far from ideal; I hope a more powerful alternative gets added eventually. Also, to get applications into the menu, you have to store them in the PortableApps submenu. If there are executable files below that subdirectory, they won't show up the viewer.

Banshee 2010-09-29 08:40

"Donald: that will mean no more exe's added by just adding"

Wrong, exes are supported.

Dont get me wrong, I was a loyal Pstart fan, but I got tired of having to update the apps, or jump through hoops to make them truly portable or stealth (download the app, extract with uni-extract, create an ini file called blah blah)

PA is still far from perfect, drag and drop app sorting and folders are a sorely missed option (although I group by renaming the apps 1 - APPNAME, 2 - APPNAME etc).

However, the ability to search the PA site, download an app, simply click install on the PA menu and know that all the installation and setup is taken care of is a BIG plus in my book. Removing apps is just as easy, and the latest version now contains an automatic application updater!!!

Development of the app seems to have picked up with a new motivation which is very welcome and I look forward to new features with high hopes.


mrpink 2011-12-14 19:31

Any way to disable/hide tray icon? If the menu is always visible it's unnecessary


mrpink 2011-12-14 21:20

I just realised that i can not change the icon of an application? Bammer...


JohnTHaller 2011-12-15 16:13

mrpink: If you set the menu as RemainVisible, the tray icon can still be used to show/hide the menu. If you mean the tray icon in addition to the taskbar icon on Windows 7, that will be an advanced setting shortly where you can pick either or. The ability to change an app's icon is on the list and will be debuting shortly. In the meantime, you can always use something like XN Resource Editor Portable to change an app's icon, which is in our app store.


mrpink 2011-12-16 20:53

Nevermind, i only wanted to change utorrent icon to the old square one that i like. The new design is awesome!


ihateyou 2013-03-15 21:39

The PortableApps Platform has been updated (a few times) since this was last updated.
I believe the current version is 11.2 (also there is a version 12 beta, I think its Beta 2)

Please update this listing!


webfork 2013-03-16 15:13

ihateu: checker got it


shnbwmn 2018-05-10 03:26

Latest version (v15.0) now supports .NET programs, the first of which appears to be KeePass Professional (or 2.x).



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