Alternatives to Launchy for all platforms with any license

  • Listary icon


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

    Freemium Windows Windows Explorer

    • 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_2 8/1/2016
  • 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

  • Wox icon


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

    Open Source Windows

    • Perfect Drop in replacement to launchy and the developer is quite active in maintaining
      Guest 3/6/2016
  • 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...

    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...

    Free Windows

  • Gnome Do icon

    Gnome Do Discontinued

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

    Open Source Linux

  • 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....

    Open Source Mac

  • Executor icon


    A multi purpose launcher and more advanced and customizable freeware windows run replacement and more. Executor is available also as a...

    Free Windows

  • FastKeys icon


    Text expander, start menu, shortcuts, auto complete, mouse gestures, macro recorder, clipboard manager and more...

    Commercial Windows

  • RecentX icon


    RecentX is an innovative launcher that gives you instant access to your files, folders, programs, websites & clipboard history. It...

    Commercial Windows

  • ASuite icon


    ASuite is a simple application launcher to manage an unlimited number of files, folders and webpage for quick access. It is designed...

    Open Source Windows

  • LaunchBar icon


    LaunchBar is a smart and powerful, keyboard driven productivity utility that lets you access and control every aspect of your digital...

    Freemium Mac

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    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 6/27/2016
  • SearchMyFiles icon


    SearchMyFiles is a non-indexing portable alternative to the standard "Search For Files And Folders" module of Windows. It...

    Free Windows

  • UltraSearch icon


    UltraSearch searches files and folders on local NTFS drives and provides the results within just a few seconds. UltraSearch does NOT...

    Free Windows

  • 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...

    Open Source Mac GitHub

  • kupfer icon

    kupfer Discontinued

    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...

    Open Source Linux

  • EasyFind icon


    Think Mac OS Xs Spotlight could use some help? Download EasyFind, an alternative to (or supplement of) Spotlight and find files...

    Free Mac

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  • Index Your Files icon

    Index Your Files Discontinued

    Index Your Files allows you to search through all your files or folders on local or networked drives without remote admin rights (as...

    Free Windows Linux Wine

  • OpenWith Enhanced icon

    OpenWith Enhanced

    OpenWith Enhanced is a small freeware application which replaces the standard Windows 'Open With...' window with an improved...

    Free Windows

  • Enso Launcher icon

    Enso Launcher Discontinued

    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...

    Free Windows

  • 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...

    Free Windows

  • 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

  • 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...

    Free Windows

  • MasterSeeker icon


    MasterSeeker is software to search and find files in your pc lightning fast.

    Free Windows

  • TaskLayout icon


    TaskLayout is a small portable Windows utility which allow saving/restoring of desktop layout(a set of specified apps/windows with...

    Freemium Windows

  • SlickRun icon


    SlickRun is a free floating command line utility for Windows. SlickRun gives almost instant access to any program or website. SlickRun...

    Free Windows

  • Freeter icon


    If you work on multiple projects you have to do lots of repetitive actions, such as launch editing tools, open project files, navigate...

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux

  • 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...

    Commercial Windows

  • Mutate

    Mutate is a simple launcher inspired by Alfred for Ubuntu. Be more productive with hotkeys, keywords and file actions at your...

    Open Source Linux

  • SMF – Search my Files icon

    SMF – Search my Files

    SMF is a file and file duplicate search tool that uses hashing (MD5, CRC32 or SHA1) to determine similarity. It has tons of search...

    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...

    Freemium 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.

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.