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Google Chrome Portable v125.0.6422.61 Updated

Ennovy on 16 May 2024
  • 289MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 16 May 2024
  • Suggested by JohnTHaller

Google Chrome is a web browser designed for simplicity and speed. Its minimalistic appearance and capabilities can be extended with themes and extensions. The program integrates with Google's tools and services, and can sync across other signed-in devices.

Cross-platform with clients available for Mac, Linux, Android and iOS.

Google Chrome Portable is the PortableApps version of the program. It includes automatic support for jPortable to enable web-based Java apps. For users interested in the cutting edge, Beta and Development are also available. For Windows versions from XP to 8, see past versions.

Category:
Runs on:Win10 / Win11 / Wine
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? No. Uses Windows' certificate manager, some Settings/Extensions Locked Per PC (see "App Notes" on website).
Unicode support: Partial
Path portability: Automatic compensation for dynamic drive letter in removable storage devices
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the portable installer and install to a folder of your choice. Launch GoogleChromePortable.exe.

NOTE:
  • Some settings are tied to individual computers and are not portable, including certificates and passwords. See this thread for more information.
  • Optionally, to run in a more stealthy mode (that is not anonymous), start with --incognito to dismiss local history and cookies after program close.
Similar/alternative apps: X-Chromium, Slimjet
What's new? See: https://chromereleases.googleblog.com/search/label/Stable updates
Latest comments
Ennovy on 2016-04-08 13:42

@JohnTHaller: Thank you for the new release. Regarding the registry entries that are left behind I will post in the forum.

bitcoin on 2019-03-28 17:43

google sucks

Stephen Leibowitz on 2023-07-31 09:28

“Over the years [Chrome] has gained a reputation for being something of a resource hog, gobbling up your PC’s memory like it’s going out of style.” Starting with version 108, the Chrome desktop browser has a feature called Memory Saver that deactivates tabs that aren’t currently being used. When a user accesses a deactivated tab, it automatically reloads. A user can turn Memory Saver on or off. A user can also exclude specific sites from Memory Saver, keeping tabs for those sites active. See:
https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/12929150?hl=en#zippy=%2Cturn-memory-saver-on-or-off%2Ckeep-specific-sites-active

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Lynx Portable v2.9.1 Updated

Andrew Lee on 15 May 2024
  • 3MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 15 Apr 2024
  • Suggested by ABC

Lynx is a text-based web browser with support for HTML4 (no CSS), HTTP 1.1, tables, frames, and more. Includes full keyboard shortcut support.

Category:
Runs on:WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
License: GNU GPLv2
How to extract: Download the self-extracting EXE to a folder of your choice. Launch LynxPortable.exe.
What's new? See:
https://lynx.invisible-island.net/current/CHANGES.html

Mozilla Firefox, Portable Edition v126.0 Updated

Ennovy on 15 May 2024
  • 454MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 14 May 2024
  • Suggested by Eu Gene Lim

Firefox Browser is a fast, powerful and secure web browser that supports open standards and many of the latest web technologies. The program includes smart search, bookmark management, web development tools and built-in download manager. Smart content blocking for ads and trackers is available in both standard and private browsing modes.

Versions available for Mac, Android, iOS and Linux with synchronisation of passwords and browser state across devices. Additional features and customisations are available via the add-on system, which allows for thousands of specialized functions.

Mozilla Firefox, Portable Edition is a special build licensed by Mozilla and includes both the 32-bit and 64-bit builds and selects the appropriate one for each PC. Beta, Developer, Extended Release, and Win 7/8/8.1 and XP/Vista versions are also available.

Category:
Runs on:Win10 / Win11 / Wine
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
Path portability: Automatic relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: Launcher: GPL, Program: MPL v. 2.0
How to extract: Download the self-extracting EXE and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch FirefoxPortable.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: Pale Moon Portable, SeaMonkey Portable
What's new? See: https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/releasenotes/
Latest comments
PAFuser on 2020-06-11 12:24

64 bit system: save 181 MB by deleting firefox folder, and renaming firefox64 to firefox. Beta, standard, and ESR work fine.

AndTheWolf on 2022-09-22 14:45

Now at version 105

AndTheWolf on 2024-03-21 14:28

Now at version 124.0

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Vivaldi v6.7 Updated

Ennovy on 25 Apr 2024
  • 204MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 25 Apr 2024
  • Suggested by Nh

Vivaldi is a customizable, tabbed web browser based on the same engine as Google Chrome. Its appearance and capabilities can be extended with themes and extensions. It features a bookmark manager, speed dial, notes, custom search engines, sessions, tab stacks, web panels, mouse gestures, keyboard shortcuts, user interface scaling, adaptive interface color and much more.

Cross-platform with clients available for Mac and Linux.

Category:
Runs on:Win10 / Win11
Writes settings to: In the User Data folder, which is created in the same root as "Application" folder.

Note that the program resets some settings, including the list of installed extensions, when you move between PCs.
Stealth: ? No. HKCU\Software\Vivaldi
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract:
  1. Download and launch the installer
  2. Select "Advanced" and set "Installation Type" to "Install Standalone"
  3. Set "Destination Folder" to a folder of your choice and click "Accept and Install"
  4. Delete update_notifier.exe
  5. Launch vivaldi.exe
Similar/alternative apps: Otter Browser, Opera, Google Chrome, Slimjet, SRWare Iron
What's new? See: https://vivaldi.com/nl/changelog-vivaldi-browser-6-7/
Blog: https://vivaldi.com/blog/vivaldi-on-desktop-6-7/
Latest comments
Midas on 2020-06-16 07:51

Zorro is absolutely right, even Vivaldi Standalone version registers 'update_notifier.exe' to auto-start with Windows -- something that somehow slipped by me in the previous test.

zorro on 2020-06-18 14:46

...well, there's more - I launch Vivaldi with my own batch file:
@echo off
REG IMPORT vivaldi.reg
start /wait "" "Application/vivaldi.exe"
REG EXPORT HKCU\Software\Vivaldi vivaldi.reg /y
REG DELETE "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Vivaldi" /f
REG DELETE "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Google" /f
RD %LocalAppData%\Vivaldi /s /q
DEL %USERPROFILE%\.vivaldi_reporting_data /f /q
exit
You see, there's also HKCU\Software\Google and - came with version 2.9 - the ".vivaldi_reporting_data" directly in the userprofile.
It's a pity, but nothing that can't be handled with a batch file. Of course the biggest drawback remains the hardware binding of extensions and some settings...

Nh on 2024-04-28 00:35

Disneyland is getting deeper and deeper.

It may be useful for you to check:
Settings... \ Appearance \ Compact Layout

And disable:
chrome://flags/#customize-chrome-side-panel

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Pale Moon Portable v33.1.0 Updated

Midas on 23 Apr 2024
  • 49MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 23 Apr 2024
  • Suggested by infimum

Pale Moon is an Open Source fork of a previous version of Firefox focusing on ease of use, efficiency and customization.

Pale Moon is built for multiple operating systems other than Windows and strives to offer a browser built independently (using the Goanna browser engine, the same as K-Meleon), with selected features and optimizations aimed at improving browser stability and overall user experience.

Category:
Runs on:Win7 / Win8 / Win10 / Win11
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? No. Leaves the following empty folders behind:
  • %appdata%\Mozilla
  • %appdata%\Mozilla\Extensions
  • %appdata%\Moonchild Productions
  • %appdata%\Moonchild Productions\Pale Moon
Unicode support: Yes
License: MPL v. 2.0 + redistribution restrictions
How to extract: Download the "Portable" self-extracting package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch Palemoon-Portable.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: Firefox Portable, SeaMonkey Portable, K-Meleon
What's new? See: https://www.palemoon.org/releasenotes.shtml
Latest comments
AndTheWolf on 2023-09-14 18:03

The release is Pale Moon Portable v32.4.0.1 not v32.4.1

AndTheWolf on 2023-11-28 17:35

Now at version 32.5.1

AndTheWolf on 2024-02-28 17:36

Now at version 33.0.1

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Tor Browser v13.0

Andrew Lee on 14 Oct 2023
  • 261MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 13 Oct 2023
  • Suggested by M@tty

Tor Browser enables secure, anonymous web access to help bypass various forms of censorship, region-blocking, and tracking. The program uses a modified version of the Firefox ESR browser with additional privacy and security features, including always-on access to an anonymous network and no usage history.

Components include the Vidalia Tor client and the NoScript and HTTPS Everywhere add-ons to enhance privacy. The program is the official browser bundle from the makers of Tor.

Functional in 64-bit. Cross-platform with clients available for Mac and Linux.

Category:
Runs on:Win7 / Win8 / Win10 / Win11
Writes settings to: Application folder
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware/Open Source
How to extract:
  1. Download the installer, launch, and extract a folder of your choice
  2. Launch Start Tor Browser
  3. When prompted, uncheck the option to add items to your Desktop or Start Menu and then answer a few quick questions about your connection
Similar/alternative apps: Advanced Onion Router
What's new? See: https://blog.torproject.org/category/releases/
Latest comments
ronbo on 2015-06-16 13:40

Version 4.5.2 available.

smaragdus on 2015-09-05 03:36

I needed to connect to an onion site and downloaded the latest version (5.0.2) but Australis makes Tor Browser absolutely terrible and unusable- I do not want to install heaps of add-ons just to restore features the Mozilla idiots removed. I had an earlier version of Tor Browser (3.6.0- before the advent of the abominable Australis) but the perpetual blinking of the Tor button urging for update is unbearable and cannot be disabled. It can be removed from the tool-bar but this way one cannot acquire new identities.

rbon on 2018-09-22 16:46

Starting from version 8.0 Tor project builds both version of TorBrowser: 32 bit and 64 bit.
- TorBrowser page: https://www.torproject.org/projects/torbrowser.html
- TorBrowser repository: https://dist.torproject.org/torbrowser/8.0.1/
So You can add on description the link for download 64 bit version 'torbrowser-install-win64-8.0.1_en-US.exe'

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X-Chromium v117.0.5938.132

Stephen Leibowitz on 4 Oct 2023
  • 303MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 1 Oct 2023
  • Suggested by SYSTEM

Chromium is a fast, open source browser with a minimalist interface. The program is similar to Google Chrome and uses the same code base, but takes up less space and resources usage, has fewer tie-ins with Google, and generally better privacy. Unlike Google Chrome, it is missing proprietary audio and video codecs and there's no automatic update system.

Chromium is cross-platform with clients available for Mac, Linux, and ChromiumOS. X-Chromium is a wrapper program. Earlier versions are available for Win XP to 8.1, and 32-bit Win 10.

Note: X-Chromium's update cycle has in the past been many months apart. Using out-of-date web browsers is not recommended because they may be missing important vulnerability patches.

Category:
Runs on:Win10 / Win11
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware/Open Source
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch X-Chromium.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: Firefox, Google Chrome Portable
Latest comments
webfork on 2020-03-19 12:19

@DzejPy: I just tested the link and it seems to work okay now. Hopefully it was fixed soon after your post.

tomcat on 2021-11-20 07:21

There is now a newer version v93.0.4577.63 [rev17] available.

freakazoid on 2021-11-22 03:37

@tomcat - Even v93 is out of date by three versions... I would recommend using chrlauncher instead.

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Slimjet v40.0.2.0

Andrew Lee on 13 Jul 2023
  • 173MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 12 Jul 2023
  • Suggested by donald

Slimjet is a web browser based on the Google Chrome engine with additional features and customizations. The program includes integrated ad-blocking, video downloader, customizable toolbar, form filler, photo upload enhance/shrink, translation, address aliases, flexible new tab controls and more.

Slimjet includes Facebook integration and is compatible with Google account import history/bookmarks. The program claims compatibility with almost all plugins and extensions from the Chrome web store.

Category:
Runs on:WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? No. HKCU\Software\FlashPeak\Slimjet registry key is left behind
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the portable self-extracting 7z package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch slimjet.exe.

Version for XP/Vista.
Similar/alternative apps: Google Chrome, Opera
What's new? See: https://www.slimjet.com/en/whatisnew.php
Latest comments
PAFuser on 2017-12-19 13:40

17.0.1 Beta is now in Download section of web site.

avada on 2018-10-05 04:48

Slimjet is not portable to any useful degree. Don't even try it. I lost all of my extensions and (all?) settings, browsing session. (Bookmarks, history remained...)

I didn't even move it I just reinstalled Windows, then started it from the same place (same path) and it erased all that stuff... (I checked in the backup that the extension files are there...)

nima_amin on 2020-05-21 22:12

The problem avada describes still persists in version 26. I used Slimjet portable on my Windows 7 PC with no problems. In February I moved to a new PC with Windows 10, copied Slimjet from the old PC on a USB stick, and from there to the new PC , started it and all extensions and settings were gone. Only the profiles and bookmarks were kept.

Flashpeak's "support forum" unfortunatel doesn't give any support but keeps claiming if you copy the user folder from one version into the other it would work. Lie! Behaviour is the same as that described by avada and me above.

To make things worse: in version 26 it is no longer possible to print content as PDF using PDF-printers such as e.g. Adobe Acrobat or PDF Creator! Flashpeak claims to have no plans to fix that bug.

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K-Meleon v76.4G

Stephen Leibowitz on 16 Jun 2023
  • 65MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 12 Feb 2021
  • Suggested by BigD

K-Meleon is a fast, customizable, and lightweight alternative web browser that supports tabs, tools and skins, and can be configured to work with common extensions like Adblock.

K-Meleon is based on a fork of the Gecko layout engine used by Firefox. Development can seem erratic due to lack of resources but K-Meleon has seen continuous development since the 90's (v0.7 was released in 2003).

K-Meleon Portable also available from PortableApps.com.

Category:
Runs on:WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? No. Leaves APPDATA\Mozilla\Extensions
Unicode support: Yes
License: GPL v2
How to extract:
  1. Download the 7z package and open using 7-zip or Universal Extract to a folder of your choice
  2. In this folder, edit profile.ini to include the following:

    [profile]
    path=profiles
    isRelative=1

  3. Launch k-meleon.exe
Similar/alternative apps: Firefox, SeaMonkey
What's new? Latest changelog at https://rtfreesoft.blogspot.com/search/label/browser.
Latest comments
aazard on 2020-11-15 16:26

Goanna engine version is 100% PWA able, but you need to save "link" manually (no "install to desktop" support).

It is a 51.4mb minimal install to USB drive vs Palemoon's 73.5mb.

Opera@USB is lighter at 18.1mb, but can no longer load youtube, and can not handle PWA apps

aazard on 2020-11-15 17:06

Correction & Note:

TL;DR: K-Melon Goanna engine is the LIGHTEST PWA ABLE WEBBROWSER @ 51mb on USB ready to use

CORRECTION:

K-Melon Goanna engine UPX'ed single language & default skin only = 51mb (53,566,636 bytes), making it the lightest PWA app able web browser avaible as of 2020-11-15

NOTE:

Gecko engine & Presto engine webbrowsers no longer load youtube, not will D-plus (dillo for windows) QtWeb or Netsuft (very sad)

K-melon (goanna version), then palemoon (current to "many" firefox extensions) & last, seamonkey (heaviest light but current to "almost all" firefox extensions) are lightest non-trident (IE11+, like Avante browser) that load Youtube & web sites with HTTP5; 100% CORRECTLY

hamasaki on 2022-09-28 04:30

Every https page fails with certificate errors in K-Meleon for some reason.

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SeaMonkey, Portable Edition v2.53.15

freakazoid on 29 Jan 2023

SeaMonkey is a complete internet suite with web browser, email & newsgroup client with an included web feed reader, easy HTML editor, IRC chat and web development tools. The browser supports fine-grained controls over images, cookies and more on a per-site basis. Based on Netscape Communicator and then Mozilla Suite, this software bundle includes many technologies used in Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird and supports many of their add-ons.

SeaMonkey, Portable Edition is a version of the software from PortableApps.com and works automatically with web-based Java apps if their jPortable tool is present.

For those using Windows XP and Vista, the last supported version was 2.49.5.

Category:
Runs on:Win7 / Win8 / Win10 / Win11 / 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: Download the self-extracting EXE and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch SeaMonkeyPortable.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: Mozilla Firefox, Pale Moon Portable, Opera
What's new? See:
https://www.seamonkey-project.org/releases/seamonkey2.53.14/
Latest comments
Midas on 2020-10-21 14:38

For details on why Seamonkey Portable isn't being updated, please see https://portableapps.com/node/60496.

loin2kolpotoru on 2021-01-30 07:56

Entry should be updated Seamonkey is no longer compatible with XP

freakazoid on 2021-01-30 13:14

@loin2kolpotoru I've updated the compatibility field and added a note about last supported XP/Vista version.

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