Alternatives to Tray Commander 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    • Discontinued The project seems to be no longer maintained: last stable version, 2.5, and beta version, 2.6 beta2, were released in 2010.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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    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

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    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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    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    • Discontinued The program seems to be no longer updated.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.
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    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

  • PStart icon

    PStart

    PStart is a simple tray tool to start user defined applications. Designed to run portable applications, you can start anything runnable from USB key devices or removable disks.

    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

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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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    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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    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

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    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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    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

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    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.
  • 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

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    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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    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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    Promptu

    Say goodbye to repetitive, time-consuming tasks, like hunting through your programs, folders, files, and bookmarks for the ones you need. Promptu lets you associate meaningful names with programs, folders, files, bookmarks, etc, and...

    Free Windows

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    8start launcher

    8start Launcher is a combination of innovative Application Launcher, countdown and Tree Notes/Shortcuts/Favorites. Launcher Features - Organize shortcuts into groups and categories - Accessed by system tray, hotkey and middle...

    Free Windows

    • Discontinued Last version, 3.0, was released on 4th June 2011. It is still downloadable from FreewareFiles.com
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    Middleclick

    Welcome to MiddleClick. The next generation application launcher from CodeLogic Software. MiddleClick displays a dashboard of your desktop and web applications whenever you press the scroll wheel on your mouse. Style, speed and...

    Commercial Windows

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    Keybreeze

    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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    Tray Commander Lite

    Tray Commander is a multifunctional utility that lets you launch your frequently used programs, files, folders and documents directly from the system tray. It adds a single icon to the tray which, when clicked, displays a customizable...

    Free Personal Windows

  • GNOME Launch Box

    Launch Box is generally an application launcher. It's very influenced by Quicksilver for Mac OSX. Remember that this is only a first release so don't get your hopes up too much. Launch Box is written for the GNOME 2.10...

    Open Source Linux

  • Scherlokk icon

    Scherlokk

    Scherlokk is a lightning fast file search utility build for precise and reliable search of every file which meets the search criteria. Music, pictures, bookmarks, documents, etc can be found quickly and easily. Search can be made on...

    Commercial Mac

  • Mini Run icon

    Mini Run

    A handy tool to start application by keyboard.

    Free Windows

  • Skylight icon

    Skylight

    Skylight is an experimental keyboard launcher. It lets you quickly find and open anything on your computer or the web. Start apps, documents or search websites with a few keystrokes, it even learns from your habits. After some use...

    Free Windows

  • JetStart

    Tired of digging into crowded Start Menu? JetStart offers you a quick access to categorized Start Menu shortcuts, recently launched programs and system commands. Just type a few letters and JetStart will show matching applications...

    Freemium Windows

  • WinInizio PenSuite icon

    WinInizio PenSuite

    This pendrive suite is an application launcher that runs in the notification area. It uses a Vista-like menu style. The suite is preloaded with multiple free applications and users can choose which type of bundled software package to...

    Free Windows

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    LaunchOne

    LaunchOne is a keyboard Launcher similar to Launchy . It allows you to start applications and documents via keyboard using completion on EVERY arg (major lack of Launchy).

    Open Source Windows

    • Discontinued The project seems to be no longer developed. Last version, 0.1.2, released in May 2008, can be still downloaded from SourceForge.
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    LaunchIt

    LaunchIt is an Android application similar to the likes of QuickSilver for Mac, Launchy for Windows, and GnomeDo for Linux. It allows you to quickly find information on your Android device, such as Applications, Bookmarks, Contacts...

    Commercial Android

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