PortableApps.com is a website offering many free, commonly used Windows applications that have been...
PortableApps.com is a website offering many free, commonly used Windows applications that have been specially packaged for portability. These portable applications can be used from removable media such as USB flash drives. User data is stored in a subfolder, allowing the user to upgrade or move the software without affecting the data. To remove the software, a user can simply delete the main folder.
The PortableApps.com Launcher (also known as PAL) is used to make applications portable by handling path redirection, environment variable changes, file and directory movement, configuration file path updates and similar changes, as configured.The PortableApps.com Launcher allows software to be made portable without the need to write custom code or make changes to the base application. While some of the software packages released on PortableApps.com currently still contain their own custom launchers, the PortableApps.com Launcher is used in all new apps released. More Info »
For those looking for an easier way to keep your portable apps updated, get the 2.0 launcher from here: http://portableapps.com/news/2010-07-17_-_portableapps.com_platform_2.0_beta_5_released . Comes with an updater for your portable apps.