Alternatives to LaunchIt for all platforms with any license

  • Launchy icon

    Launchy

    Launchy is a free Windows and Linux utility designed to help you forget about your start menu, the icons on your desktop, and even your file manager. Launchy indexes the programs in your start menu and can launch your documents...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

    • Discontinued The project seems to be no longer maintained: last stable version, 2.5, and beta version, 2.6 beta2, were released in 2010. The program works anyway and can be still downloaded from the official website.
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    Listary

    Listary is an excellent enhancement utility for list controls used everywhere: Windows Explorer, Task Manager, Registry Editor, and innumerable third-party applications. It searches folders, files or anything else as-you-type....

    Freemium Windows Windows Explorer

  • Alfred icon

    Alfred

    Alfred is a quicklaunch application for Mac OS X, which aims to save you time in searching your local computer and the web.

    Freemium Mac

  • RocketDock icon

    RocketDock

    RocketDock is a Mac OS X dock clone. It provides a nice clean interface to drop shortcuts on for easy access and organization. With each item completely customizable there is no end to what you can add and launch from the dock. Now...

    Free Windows

    • Discontinued The program is no longer updated, but last version, 1.3.5, released in September 2008, can be still downloaded from the official website.
  • Synapse icon

    Synapse

    Synapse is a semantic launcher written in Vala that you can use to start applications as well as find and access relevant documents and files by making use of the Zeitgeist engine.

    Open Source Linux

  • Find And Run Robot icon

    Find And Run Robot

    FARR also lets you quickly run web searches, send email, manipulate files, control on-screen windows, and much more. Build and share custom commands or install plugins to add tons of new features, like live search features for your...

    Free Windows

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    Quicksilver

    Quicksilver is a fast and free Mac OS X productivity application that gives you the power to control your Mac quickly and elegantly. Quicksilver learns your habits, making your everyday chores simple and efficient. An introduction...

    Open Source Mac

  • Gnome Do icon

    Gnome Do

    GNOME Do allows you to quickly search for many items present on your desktop or the web, and perform useful actions on those items. GNOME Do is inspired by Quicksilver &...

    Open Source Linux

    • Discontinued The program seems to be no longer updated. Last version, 0.95.3, released on November 2014, can be still downloaded from Launchpad.
  • RecentX icon

    RecentX

    RecentX is an innovative launcher that gives you instant access to your files, folders, programs, websites & clipboard history. It automatically remembers your favorite & recent items so that you can launch them even faster.

    Commercial Windows

  • Executor icon

    Executor

    A multi purpose launcher and more advanced and customizable freeware windows run replacement and more. Executor is available also as a portable app and can be integrated in LiberKey.

    Free Windows

  • ASuite icon

    ASuite

    ASuite is a simple application launcher to manage an unlimited number of files, folders and webpage for quick access. It is designed to work with removable storage (uses relative paths) media like USB sticks, hard drives, iPods, etc.

    Open Source Windows

  • LaunchBar icon

    LaunchBar

    LaunchBar is a smart and powerful, keyboard driven productivity utility that lets you access and control every aspect of your digital life. Whatever you want to get done on your Mac – with LaunchBar it’s only a few keystrokes away. ...

    Freemium Mac

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    Avant Window Navigator

    Avant Window Navigator (AWN/Awn) is a dock-like navigation bar for the linux desktop that positions itself at the bottom of the screen. It can be used to keep track of open windows and behaves like a normal window list.

    Open Source Linux

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    XLaunchpad

    XLaunchpad gives you instant access to all your shortcuts. Arrange apps in XLaunchpad any way you like by dragging icons to different locations or by grouping apps in folders. Simply drag one icon over another to create a folder. You...

    Free Windows

    • Discontinued The official website is no longer accessible, but has been archived by Internet Archive: https://web.archive.org/web/20160327003239/http://www.xwidget.com/
    • Warning XLaunchPad setup installs adware extensions for browsers. VirusTotal result: https://www.virustotal.com/en/file/2a8eca9357cfae211564426dc461832ca2de70a9318ecba0468c4586fc4f4ffc/analysis/1426619620/ WOT comments: https://www.mywot.com/en/scorecard/xwidget.com
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    kupfer

    Kupfer is a command tool heavily inspired by Quicksilver; you do not use it to search your files, you use it to summon an application or document quickly by typing the first parts of its name. Kupfer is written using Python and has a...

    Open Source Linux

    • Discontinued No longer updated. Last version, v208, released on June 2012, can be still downloaded from the official website.
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    MadAppLauncher

    A simple application launcher. It is very fast and easy to use. It is unlike your common dock or menu launcher. It introduces several different features such as QWERTY based launching, tab group navigation using numbers, custom window...

    Open Source Windows

    • Discontinued The program seems to be no longer updated. Last version, 1.10.0.0, released on March 26, 2013, can be still downloaded from the official website.
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    dmenu

    dmenu is a dynamic menu for X, originally designed for dwm. It manages large numbers of user-defined menu items efficiently.

    Open Source Linux

  • Portable Start Menu icon

    Portable Start Menu

    Portable Start Menu is a simple and free start menu application that can be installed on USB sticks or local PCs. Organize your programs in a simple menu system and launch them via a tray icon. If you close Portable Start Menu on...

    Free Windows

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    OpenWith Enhanced

    OpenWith Enhanced is a small freeware application which replaces the standard Windows 'Open With...' window with an improved comprehensive yet intuitive dialog box. Starting from version 1.0, OpenWith Enhanced supports user...

    Free Windows

  • Handy Start Menu icon

    Handy Start Menu

    Do you often find yourself looking for a program in the long list of the Start menu? The Handy Start Menu, a small utility will make your computation much easier and more productive. This utility will help you to get rid of the...

    Freemium Windows

  • SlickRun icon

    SlickRun

    SlickRun is a free floating command line utility for Windows. SlickRun gives almost instant access to any program or website. SlickRun allows you to create command aliases (known as MagicWords), so C:\Program Files\Outlook...

    Free Windows

  • Quickdroid Search icon

    Quickdroid Search

    Quickly search, find and launch apps, contacts, bookmarks, artists, albums and songs on your Android phone. Quickdroid is just like Quicksilver for Mac OS X, Launchy for Microsoft Windows or GNOME Do for Linux. It also includes a...

    Open Source Android

  • Enso Launcher icon

    Enso Launcher

    Enso is dead simple to use. You just hold down the Caps Lock key and type an Enso command, which is displayed in a translucent overlay. Once the command is typed, you simply release the Caps Lock key to activate it, and the overlay...

    Free Windows

    • Discontinued The official website is no longer available. Last version, Build 3268, released on 2008, can be still downloaded from Wayback Machine.
  • FCorp My Suite icon

    FCorp My Suite

    My Suite is a lightweight Windows application whose purpose is to help you create a user-defined list with programs that can be run with minimum effort. It comes in handy for all users who got tired of having their desktop crowded...

    Commercial Windows

  • Mutate

    Mutate is a simple launcher inspired by Alfred for Ubuntu. Be more productive with hotkeys, keywords and file actions at your fingertips. Features: * Find Applications & Files * Find Files * Kill process *...

    Open Source Linux

  • Flashlight icon

    Flashlight

    The missing plugin system for Spotlight. Flashlight is an app that supercharges OS X's built-in search. Check the weather, search the web, send an iMessage, find an emoji — all by typing in the search box. With more than 70...

    Open Source Mac

  • Quick Pop Menu icon

    Quick Pop Menu

    A simple program menu-type launcher, calling with a hotkey. It is easy to set up. Launches a list of program shortcuts with your favorite hotkey.

    Free Windows

  • FSL Launcher icon

    FSL Launcher

    Tired of dozens of icons on your desktop? Try this simple, yet powerful & intuitive launcher to organize your shortcuts. Some features: Shortcuts management for applications, documents, url links, folder paths and more... ...

    Free Windows Windows Explorer

    • Discontinued The program is no longer updated. Last version, 1.1.4.4, released in 2012, can be still downloaded from the official website.
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    grun

    gRun is a GTK based Run dialog that closely resembles the Windows Run dialog, just like xexec. It has a intelligent history mechanism and a dual level fork() mechanism for launching the application in its own process. gRun also has...

    Open Source Linux

  • Quick Search Box icon

    Quick Search Box

    Google Quick Search Box is an open source search box that allows you to search data on your computer and across the web. This app is very experimental, but through it you will be able to see many of the areas we are exploring:...

    Open Source Mac

  • FlashTray Pro icon

    FlashTray Pro

    Flashtray - Our system tray application launcher and macro tool makes you work more efficiently by automating a lot of repetitive keyboard tasks by using custom macros and hotkeys.

    Free Windows

  • Blaze icon

    Blaze

    Blaze is an application launcher that distinguishes from amongst the others by being able to automate recurrent tasks performed in the file-system or even any application on Microsoft Windows.

    Free Windows

  • PortAL icon

    PortAL

    PortAL is very light portable software launcher which is based on hotkeys, menus and system tray icons. All of PortAL configuration is based on a single XML file which contains the list and the organisation of applications.

    Open Source Windows

    • Discontinued
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    Colibri

    Colibri combines the raw power of the command line with the intuitive nature of a modern graphical user interface to define a revolutionary new way of managing your computer.

    Free Windows

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