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  • Listary icon


    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

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    • 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

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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 you will start receiving results as you type.

    Open Source Windows

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    • Perfect Drop in replacement to launchy and the developer is quite active in maintaining Guest • Mar 2016 Disagree   Agree
  • 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 Zeitgeist engine.

    Open Source Linux

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  • 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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    • Low memory footprint, decent speed, handy keyboard shortcuts, configurability. Guest • Dec 2016 Disagree   Agree
  • 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, making your everyday chores simple and efficient. An introduction...

    Open Source Mac

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  • 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 in LiberKey.

    Free Windows

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  • 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

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    • 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 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

  • Keypirinha icon


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

    Free Windows

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


    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

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    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 your system by wildcard, by last modified/created/last accessed...

    Free Windows

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  • 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 on your Mac – with LaunchBar it’s only a few keystrokes away. ...

    Freemium Mac

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  • 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 on your harddisk, it achieves its speed by working directly on the...

    Free Windows

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  • Lacona icon


    Lacona is a docker app for Mac OSX that accepts natural language commands. Call up Lacona with a keyboard shortcut and type whatever you want to do. It gives intelligent suggestions as you type and then follows your orders.

    Freemium Mac GitHub

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  • 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 indexing. EasyFind is especially useful for those tired of slow...

    Free Mac

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  • kupfer icon


    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

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

    Index Your Files allows you to search through all your files or folders on local or networked drives without remote admin rights (as necessary for the similar app "Everything"). Searching can be done by name, date, size...

    Free Windows Linux Wine

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    • Discontinued The program is no longer updated since 2012. Last version,, released in December 2010, can be still downloaded from the official website.
  • dmenu icon


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

    Open Source Linux

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  • XSearch icon


    XSearch is a free search tool that with more features that Windows Search didn't provided. It can search files on your computer in high speed. When searching for special words in files, you can specify the words option such as...

    Free Windows

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  • OpenWith Enhanced icon

    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

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  • 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

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

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  • SlickRun icon


    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

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  • Rofi icon


    Rofi started as clone of simpleswitcher, written by Sean Pringle a popup window switcher roughly based on superswitcher. Simpleswitcher laid the foundations and therefor Sean Pringle deserves most of the credit for this tool. Rofi...

    Open Source Linux

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  • Freeter icon


    When you work on projects, you have to do lots of repetitive actions, such as launch editing tools, open project files, navigate to a task manager and so on. Such actions take just a small slice of your time and efforts. But when you...

    Commercial Mac Windows 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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  • TaskLayout icon


    TaskLayout is a small portable Windows utility which allow saving/restoring of desktop layout(a set of specified apps/windows with corresponding position on screen) in a single click.

    Freemium Windows

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  • 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

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  • Keybreeze icon


    It's a small toolbar that you can activate by pressing a hotkey. Then you can type keywords to open programs and websites, search the internet, check the weather, shut down your computer, run macros, and a whole lot more.

    Free Windows

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    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

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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.

Positive Comment by thniels
about Launchy Mar 2016

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

Positive Comment by soulrain
about Launchy Jan 2016

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

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


Used to be good

Negative Comment by DillonSylvestre
about Launchy and Listary, Everything Dec 2015

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!

Positive Comment by XavierChicorito
about Launchy Jul 2015

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.

Positive Comment by edwater
about Launchy Jun 2012

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.


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.