Alternatives to Launchy for all platforms with any license



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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...

    Free Open Source Windows

    • Perfect Drop in replacement to launchy and the developer is quite active in maintaining Guest • Mar 2016 Disagree   Agree
  • Listary icon


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

    Freemium Windows Windows Explorer

    • Too much features, launchy is way more simple Guest • Nov 2016 • 4 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Completely different purpose to this software. Guest • Mar 2017 • 4 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • 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 • 5 agrees and 3 disagrees 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

  • 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...

    Free Open Source Linux

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  • Keypirinha icon


    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 • Jun 2016 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • 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...

    Free Windows

    • Discontinued The program is no longer updated. Latest version, 0.99.12b, released in October 2013, can be still downloaded from the official site, but it isn't fully compatible with Windows 10.
  • 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...

    Free Open Source Mac

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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...

    Free Open Source Linux

    No features added Add a feature
    • Discontinued The program seems to be no longer updated. Last version, 0.95.3, released on November 2014, can be still downloaded from Launchpad.
    • switching from windows to linux, GnomeDo makes very well the job! Guest • Apr 2017 Disagree   Agree
  • 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...

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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...

    Freemium Mac

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Launchy Comments


Comment by AlennGK
about Launchy · May 2016 · Helpful Not helpful

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.


If you are experiencing system freeze

Comment by apranaxfort
about Launchy · Apr 2015 · Helpful Not helpful
  • Uninstall launchy
  • Install it as portable software
  • Disable auto update catalog function

[Edited by apranaxfort, April 25]



Comment by adeelsharif
about Launchy · Nov 2014 · Helpful Not helpful

Launchy is good application


Was good but something happened

Comment by MarloBlando
about Launchy · Sep 2013 · Helpful Not helpful


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...


Just wonder...

Comment by varmemester
about Launchy · Aug 2011 · Helpful Not helpful

...if this app is still being developed? Seems a year have gone by since the last opdate.. (2.6)

Great app though.

Comment by OmgItsTheSmartGuy
about Launchy · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful

I'm not clear on how this is better than the search bar built into the Start Menu of Windows 7.

I think this is more for XP, which didn't have that feature originally, although microsoft did add desktop search in updates.

  • By default the search-index in Launchy is smaller, and therefore faster.
  • It adapts to your previous choices (e.g. type "ex" and scroll down to Excel instead of Internet Explorer. Next time you type "ex", Excel is at the top.)
  • It supports plug-ins for specialized actions (e.g. calculator, switching between running programs). I wrote a plug-in myself that searches our company intranet and opens the correct project folder, so it isn't just for the small stuff.
Comment by PingLu
about Launchy · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful

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!!

Comment by Maksym
about Launchy · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful

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.


Has been abandoned.

Comment by RefWe
about Launchy · Jan 2016 · Helpful Not helpful -3 Helpful

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