Alternatives to Launchy for all platforms with any license



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  • Wox icon


    Wox is a full-featured plugin-powered launcher that supports file and web searching. Since the local search is powered by Everything...

    Open Source Windows

    • Perfect Drop in replacement to launchy and the developer is quite active in maintaining Guest • Mar 2016 Disagree   Agree
  • Listary icon


    Listary is an excellent enhancement utility for list controls used everywhere: Windows Explorer, Task Manager, Registry Editor, and innumerable third-party applications....

    Freemium Windows Windows Explorer

    • Completely different purpose to this software. Guest • Mar 2017 Disagree   Agree
    • Listary is primarily an Explorer enhancement which provides advanced searching and file management. Launchy is primarily a program launcher (hence the name) with extra searching features. TMA_2Aug 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • Too much features, launchy is way more simple Guest • Nov 2016 Disagree   Agree
  • Alfred icon


    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

  • Synapse icon


    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...

    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...

    Freemium Windows

  • Keypirinha icon


    A lightning fast and flexible keystroke launcher for Windows. No installation required (portable). Extensible with Python3 plugins.

    Free Windows

    • It's fast and flexible. It has a SublimeText look'n'feel. Love it! Guest • Jun 2016 Disagree   Agree
  • Executor icon


    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...

  • Quicksilver icon


    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...

    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...

    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.
    • switching from windows to linux, GnomeDo makes very well the job! Guest • Apr 2017 Disagree   Agree
  • EasyFind icon


    Think Mac OS Xs Spotlight could use some help? Download EasyFind, an alternative to (or supplement of) Spotlight and find files, folders, or contents in any file without...

    Free Mac

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  • SearchMyFiles icon


    SearchMyFiles is a non-indexing portable alternative to the standard "Search For Files And Folders" module of Windows. It allows you to easily search files in...

    Free Windows

  • LaunchBar icon


    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...

    Freemium Mac

  • UltraSearch icon


    UltraSearch searches files and folders on local NTFS drives and provides the results within just a few seconds. UltraSearch does NOT maintain an index which is stored...

    Free Windows

Launchy Comments


Comment by AlennGK
about Launchy · May 2016 ·

Can someone tell me how can I exlude dir? Because I have backup on the drive and I dont wan't to move it or select more directories to bypass that selection.


Marvelous little tool. Still use it.

about Launchy · ·

I haven't seen an alternative even close in feature set and precision. A genuine time saver. Still works on Windows 10. And no, even though you can type your way to a program in Windows, it doesn't compare to Launchy where you use very fuzzy shorthand and still get what you want. The only program so far, that Launchy consistently fails to start is Microsoft Hyper-V Manager.


Incredibly good, even discontinued

about Launchy · ·

I used it all the time on Windows XP. I didn't think it would work on Windows 10, but it does. It's way, way more gentle on resources and incredibly accurate.


Has been abandoned.

Comment by RefWe
about Launchy · Jan 2016 · -2 Helpful

There is no need for the app anymore. Webpage was updated last in 2008.


Used to be good

about Launchy and Listary, Everything · ·

Used Launchy for 2-3 years without issue. The past year has not been good.

  • crashes on a daily basis (counter-productive)
  • often becomes unresponsive for no identifiable reason (eating up as much as 1GB of RAM and enough CPU to noticeably slow a computer down)

Would no longer recommend this application. I haven't found an exact alternative... but Listary is nice if you need to combine the features of Launchy with Everything search.

[Edited by DillonSylvestre, December 13]


It may be discontinued but its amazing!

about Launchy · ·

Amazing I use it everywhere!


If you are experiencing system freeze

Comment by apranaxfort
about Launchy · Apr 2015 ·
  • Uninstall launchy
  • Install it as portable software
  • Disable auto update catalog function

[Edited by apranaxfort, April 25]



Comment by adeelsharif
about Launchy · Nov 2014 ·

Launchy is good application


Was good but something happened

Comment by MarloBlando
about Launchy · Sep 2013 ·


I have a fairly decent running XP machine (since 2006, wow) and I´ve been using Launchy for almost 4 years. Recently some memory issues started to happen (BTW I had the 2.5 version) and after running Process Explorer I saw that Launchy was slowing my system a lot. Sometimes when building the catalog the computer/program freezed.

Was a good program though and I´m thankful to the developers but right now I´ll be switching to FARR...


a must in my software list.

about Launchy · ·

has been using it since Window Vista. Even after the release of Window 7, launchy with a bit of customization greatly out perform the search bar within the start menu.


Just wonder...

Comment by varmemester
about Launchy · Aug 2011 ·

...if this app is still being developed? Seems a year have gone by since the last opdate.. (2.6)

Great app though.


I'm not clear on how this is better than the search bar bui ...

Comment by OmgItsTheSmartGuy
about Launchy · Jun 2011 ·

I'm not clear on how this is better than the search bar built into the Start Menu of Windows 7.

I think this is more for XP, which didn't have that feature originally, although microsoft did add desktop search in updates.

  • By default the search-index in Launchy is smaller, and therefore faster.
  • It adapts to your previous choices (e.g. type "ex" and scroll down to Excel instead of Internet Explorer. Next time you type "ex", Excel is at the top.)
  • It supports plug-ins for specialized actions (e.g. calculator, switching between running programs). I wrote a plug-in myself that searches our company intranet and opens the correct project folder, so it isn't just for the small stuff.

very very nice program! Since i use this app i've got rid o ...

Comment by PingLu
about Launchy · Jun 2011 ·

very very nice program! Since i use this app i've got rid of all my quick launchicons! :]

If you try this app, try typing in "google" [TAB] "word you want to search", i've added wolfram alpha,

All in all it makes my workflow so much faster!!


Very handy, I hardly use my start menu anymore and even use ...

Comment by Maksym
about Launchy · Jun 2011 ·

Very handy, I hardly use my start menu anymore and even use it for most little calculations over MS Calc.

It got a bit slower under Windows 7 however, but that might be just me.