Portable Apps

I think one of the greatest innovations in computer technology was the implementation of the Universal Serial Bus (USB) standard which interfaces devices on your computer. One such device commonly used with this interface is the USB flash drive. It absolutely fascinates me that you can read / write data to these drives AND there are no moving parts. This technology replaced the floppy drive because of the large storage capacities (in the gigabytes). These drives are available everywhere, in various size capacities, and are the common means to store and transport data between computers. As the flash drive technology developed, software authors commenced engineering software applications, known as portable apps, to run from these devices. This “What’s On My PC” page is devoted to the portable apps that I use on my flash drive.  Everything I have listed is freely available on the internet.

(Please Revisit for Updates)


CodySafe – Portable Apps Menu

LiberKeyGroups a lot of free software. True “swiss army knife”, it offers local and/or portable use.

PortableApps Suite – complete collection of portable apps including a web browser, email client, office suite, calendar/scheduler, instant messaging client, antivirus, audio player, sudoku game, password manager, PDF reader, minesweeper clone, backup utility and integrated menu, all preconfigured to work portably. Just drop it on your portable device and you’re ready to go.

Portable Start Menu – A simple and free start menu application that can be installed on USB sticks or local PCs.


AbiWord – The lightweight AbiWord word processor packaged as a portable app.
AllMyNotes Organizer – An easy way to keep all your notes organized on your PC
CintaNotes – A free, lightweight, personal notes manager.
Converber = Make easy conversions between 1324 various units of measure in 38 categories.
Day Maxi Calc – A portable, easy to see, calculator for your flash drive.
ESBCalc – A Freeware Scientific Calculator for Windows.
Essential PIM –  Personal Information Manager
Foxit Reader – A free PDF document viewer
fSekrit – a small application for keeping securely encrypted notes.
HTC Home – A nice animated flip style clock with weather, that displays on your Windows Desktop.
In The Beginning Was The Word – Bible study software
Jarte – A free word processor based on the Microsoft WordPad word processing enginebuilt into Windows.
KeePass Password Safe – The free, open source, light-weight and easy-to-use password manager.
OneLoupe – Simple and easy to use, the small onscreen magnifier.
PasteCopy.Net – Windows Clipboard Manager with multilingual support.
PDFBinder – A simple tool to organize and merge your PDF files.
ResophNotes – Simple and fast notes on Windows.
Steganos LockNote – Will change the way you work with confidential notes.
Stickies – A computerized version of post-it notes.
The Sage – English Dictionary and Thesaurus
YadaByte Dictionary – New and state of the art dictionary.
YadaByte Passwords – Secured but simple app to secure your passwords.
Vector Clock – Collection of clocks for your desktop.
WinSorter – An application that is designed to manipulate and automate the placement of text.
ZoomIt – Screen zoom and annotation tool


ArtWeaver – A simple program for creative painting
FastStone Image Viewer – A fast, stable, user-friendly image browser, converter and editor (portable version available).
FotoSketcher -Free program which can help you convert your digital photos into art, automatically.
PhotoFiltre – A complete image retouching program.
PicPick – a powerful capture tool, image editor, color picker, color palette, pixel ruler, protractor, crosshair, whiteboard and etc.


FeedRoller – a lightweight RSS and Twitter feed ticker.
Google Chrome – Portable edition of the Chrome browser.
Mozilla Firefox – Portable edition of the Firefox browser.
OperaUSB – Portable edition of the Opera browser.
Pidgin – An easy to use and free chat client.
SE-RSS Tools – Free and handy portable RSS tools (reader and editor)
Transmute – The ultimate bookmark converter.


ARMP 2011 – A Random Music Player
ClipSpeak – A portable, lightweight text-to-speech tool that speaks text copied to the clipboard.
mp3DirectCut – Fast and extensive mp3 editor.
NatGeo Wallpaper Downloader – Download over 5000 National Geographic Wallpapers with one click
– A simple, light, easy to use, internet radio player
SE-Multimedia Player -Free audio and video player with build-in media library and codec pack
TTS ReaderA full-featured, text-to speech software package that allows reading text aloud as well as to wav or mp3 files.


Capture.net – The Swiss army knife of PC Tools is an exquisite, powerful and multifunctional desktop utility.

CDBurnerXP – A portable version of the popular CDBurnerXP software (burn CDs/DVDs).
ControlPad – Turns the numeric keypad on your keyboard to a Windows command execution system.

Directory List & Print – Enable listing and printing the content of any directory (folder) in a simplest way.
DNS Benchmark – A unique, comprehensive, accurate & free Windows (and Linux/Wine) utility to determine the exact performance of local and remote DNS nameservers . . .
ERUNT – Emergency Recovery Utility NT (Registry Backup and Restore)
ERUNTgui – a graphic user interface for the popular
registry backup and restore program “ERUNT” created by Lars Hederer.
FreeCommander – An easy-to-use alternative to the standard windows file manager.
Glary Utilities – Glary Utilities is a powerful and top all-in-one utility to fix, speed up, maintain and protect your PC.
Gridy – Adds an invisible grid to Windows, so that any window you move or resize is snapped to it.
IObit Uninstaller – Helps you uninstall and remove unwanted programs and folders from your computer fast and easily.
Process Manager for Windows – Ease your control over foreground processes and Windows.
Q-Dir – Multi-pane file manager.
Recuva – Recover deleted files on your PC.
Revo Uninstaller – An innovative freeware uninstall utility.
Regbak – Registry Backup & Restore Tool
RunScanner – A Windows system utility which scans your system for all running programs, autostart locations, drivers, services and hijack points.
SE-Explorer – Free portable file manager and powerful replacement of standard Windows Explorer
SE-Tray Menu – Free portable tray menu launcher and hotkey manager with fully customizable interface
SearchMyFiles – An alternative windows search utility.
S10 Password Vault – Convenient, secure way to store all your usernames, passwords, and other account information.
Spybot Search and Destroy Portable – detects and removes tens of thousands of spyware and similar malware
System Information for Windows (SIW): an advanced System Information for Windows tool that gathers detailed information about your system properties and settings and displays it in an extremely comprehensible manner.
System Explorer – A FREE Windows Task Manager.
– A tool application that give you an idea of how folders and files are structured on your disks.
Startup Control Panel – A nifty control panel applet that allows you to easily configure which programs run when your computer starts.
TreeSize Free – Tells you where precious space has gone to.
WindowsPager – Free virtual desktop utility.

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13 Responses to Portable Apps

  1. Hi Rick,
    I have released an portable version of PMW,
    Just check it out and if you think it’s worth mentioning in the your list of portable apps, do mention about it.

    to know more about PMW please visit.

  2. There’s a really good portable uninstaller from IObit that will do a deep scan after the uninstaller runs to cleanup leftover files.


  3. Shaun says:

    One way to make you USB even more useful is to make it your own portable PC! After searching forever to find portable programs, I stumbled upon Prayaya V3. I know its not free, but its completely worth it! I tried this program out after learning about MojoPac and I have to say that it is way better. I think that it is faster and you can do a lot more with it, especially because it is not limited to just Windows XP. It can run on XP/Vista/7 flawlessly. Because I travel a lot, I am constantly on the go and because pretty much every place that I’ve been uses Windows, I am always concerned about security, especially because I usually cant restart public computers and boot my own Linux distro. With Prayaya, this eliminates most of the problems. Not only is it secure, its super easy.

    Check it out at http://en.prayaya.com/index.html and let me know what you think.

  4. james weber says:

    Hey everybody, I wanted to know what is the best and largest group of software drivers that I can get. I am an A+ geek, but I am coming back from a two strokes, and everything is still a grind for me! Any info would be appreciated, thanks guys, jamesvweber@yahoo.com

    • Darran says:

      Have a look at driverpacks.
      They have a big collection of drivers nicely organised and available to integrate into an installation disk

  5. Does Portable Apps run some game emulators(snes, gba, ds)?

  6. midmented says:

    I am looking for a portable app that can rotate videos. I’ve gotten several videos that were shot on personal cameras that need rotated. There are a lot of people whom just don’t understand that when you turn a video camera sideways that it makes the video sideways as well! UGH!

    • Ramblinrick says:


      Give this a shot: X2X Video Flip and Rotate … This will take you to pendriveapps.com. The author’s site of X2X Video Flip, I am receiving a WOT (web of trust) warning; however, I am seeing this software reviewed at various sites. X2X can be made portable as indicated on the pendriveapps.com site.


  7. Probably my favourite portable app is Google Chrome. Most people don’t want to use Internet Explorer so it’s nice to just have Chrome as a portable exe on my USB drive so I can run it wherever I go 🙂

  8. ron says:

    FTP Manager Lite is one of the best free FTP and SFTP client software. The clean interface is super easy to use. It will perform your files transfers quickly and efficiently. It also supports FXP for superfast server to server transfers. It is perfect for backups or synchronizing servers.

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