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Program Launchers

Are Windows desktop shortcuts not versatile enough? Is the Dock in macOS not functioning the way you want it to? That’s where the custom program launchers on this page come in. From Linux-based launchers such as Docky, to keystroke-based launches for Windows like Keypirinha, there are several program launching options for you regardless of what type of operating system you prefer.

Platforms

  • Windows
  • Android
  • Mac
  • Linux
  • Android Tablet
  • Online
  • iPhone
  • iPad
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Features

  • Launcher
  • Portable
  • File Searching
  • Customizable
  • Sidebar
  • Integrated Search
  • Plugins
  • Indexed search
  • Extensible by Plugins/Extensions
  • Mobile apps
  • Multitasking
  • Lightweight
  • Task Scheduling
  • Window docking
  • Auto update
  • Clipboard monitoring
  • Configurable
  • Hotkeys
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License

  • Free
  • Open Source
  • Paid

Linux Mint

Linux Mint is one of the most popular desktop Linux distributions and used by millions of people. The purpose of Linux Mint is to produce a modern, elegant and comfortable operating system which is both powerful and easy to use. Latest : Tina (19.2).

  • Free • Open Source
  • Linux
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Launchy

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The project seems to be no longer maintained: last stable version, 2.5, and beta version, 2.6 beta2, were released in 2010.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

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.

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PortableApps.com

PortableApps.com is a website offering many free, commonly used Windows applications that have been specially packaged for portability.

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Aptoide

Aptoide is a distributed marketplace for mobile applications which runs on the Android operating system.

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RocketDock

Discontinued

The program is no longer updated, but last version, 1.3.5, released in September 2008, can be still downloaded from the official website. "It is true, RocketDock has been discontinued. [...] The app remains available on https://rocketdock.com , but is unsupported."

RocketDock is a Mac OS X dock clone. It provides a nice clean interface to drop shortcuts on for easy access and organization.

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Alfred

Alfred is a quicklaunch application for Mac OS X, which aims to save you time in searching your local computer and the web.

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Gnome Do

Discontinued

The program seems to be no longer updated. Last version, 0.95.3, released on November 2014, can be still downloaded from Launchpad.

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

  • Free • Open Source
  • Linux
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Wox

Wox is a full-featured plugin-powered launcher that supports file and web searching.

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Docky

Docky is a full fledged dock application that makes opening common applications and managing windows easier and quicker.

  • Free • Open Source
  • Linux
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Keypirinha

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

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Quicksilver

Quicksilver is a fast and free Mac OS X productivity application that gives you the power to control your Mac quickly and elegantly.

  • Free • Open Source
  • Mac
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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.

  • Free • 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.

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RecentX

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.

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LiberKey

Portable applications launcher, LiberKey includes 305 portable applications. In all areas : Audio, Video, Graphics, Internet, Games, Security, Education, System and more..

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Userlike Live Chat

Userlike is free live chat software for website and mobile support. Chat with your website visitors, offer a friendly service, and raise your conversion rate..

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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.

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Cairo-Dock

A light, eye-candy, fully themable, MacOSX-like animated dock for any Linux desktop.

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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.

  • Free • Open Source
  • Linux
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ObjectDock

ObjectDock is a program that enables users to organize their shortcuts, programs and running tasks into an attractive and fun animated Dock.

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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.

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LaunchBar

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

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Station

Station is the first smart workstation for busy people. A single place for all of your web-applications. .

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Albert

Omnilauncher for Linux to help you quickly find and run apps and do other useful things.

  • Free • Open Source
  • Linux
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kupfer

Kupfer is a command tool heavily inspired by https://alternativeto .

  • Free • Open Source
  • Linux
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