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Launchy 2.1.2

by James 11 July 2012 9 Comments

Launchy is an open source Windows and Linux program that helps you to launch the program you need without browsing through your Start Menu or looking for a shortcut on your desktop.


I guess you all know about Launchy. If you don’t, download it now, don’t wait until tomorrow. I was a little bit reluctant at first. I thought that I didn’t need a program to launch other programs. After trying Launchy I admit I was wrong.


Launchy Screenshot

Launchy Screenshot

My desktop is a little bit crowded right now with shortcuts to various programs, but with Launchy that’s not a problem anymore. Just type the first letters of the program you want to launch an you’re there faster than you can say “freeware“.

Launchy will run in the background and you just need to press Alt + Spacebar to use it. I was worried about its memory footprint, because it’s a program that runs in the background, but I checked it and it takes only about 10 MB.

You can customize the shortcut keys and also basically the whole program through the numerous plugins and skins that are available for free.

Version Tested




Operating System

Windows, Linux

Download link


 It’s lightweight and lightning fast.

 It’s open source.

 I really can’t find any flaws.



Launchy is one of the greatest open source programs ever, so it’s a must have for any freeware and open source fan.

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If you have any trouble with this software just leave a comment, I’ll help you out! If you know better free programs in the same category, please let me know!



  • JacobK said:

    Have you tried Executor? http://executor.dk
    Even better than Launchy.-Jacob

  • Johnny Karp said:

    Thanks for the suggestion, never heard of Executor. I’ll give it a try soon.

  • Raghavendra said:

    I liked your listing it is great.
    May I take the liberty to describe one of the best freeware programe I used some time back.It was the programe launcher.It used to index all the programes installed in the hard drive and looked as under
    Name of the Programe Exe File Application
    If you click on the above alphabet it will list all the programes installed in that alphabet with name of exe file and by clicking these exe files you can open desired programe.It used to update itself as soon as any new programes instaled.I regret I do not remember the name and it was lost when my HDD was replaced and formated.IT MAY SOUND ABSURD BUT BELIVE ME I LIKED IT VERY MUCH.
    I request you is it possible to list this programe if you could find it in internet. I tried and tried but could not trace it since I do not know the name.

  • Johnny Karp said:

    It’s quite difficult to find the respective software if you don’t know the name of the program…. Hopefully somebody who used it might recognize it from the description and help us to find it.

  • Raghavendra said:

    thanks for your prompt response.If possible could you write some prog like that for benefit of all.
    thanks again

  • Harmon said:

    I just found your website. This place is full of great info for any freeware maven! Congratz.

    Launchy sounds a lot like another program i’ve tried — Find And Run Robot (FARR, for short). It is written by Mouser, the man behind DonationCoder.com, and like all his programs, it’s free.

    I know programs of this type have a way of latching onto your brain and never letting go, so it you’re not interested in a competing product, that’s cool. If, like me, you’re always looking, give FARR a spin. You might like it.

    Oh, here’s the link.

  • Johnny Karp said:

    Thanks for the suggestion Harmon, looking, finding and trying, that’s what this blog is all about. Actually FARR has been on my list for quite some time now but I didn’t find the time to test it yet. I know Mouser and I appreciate his work very much 😉

  • Enhanced computer navigation with Launchy - Techistan Publication said:

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  • Nick C said:

    Not sure if this applies…but if you already use Google Desktop, I think it does what this does and more? (ctrl+ctrl, type what you want)

    That said, I imagine the footprint is higher.

    As well, the windows search bar (since Vista), though I fought it for a while, seems to do pretty well at indexing and giving quick access to my programs if i don’t mind typing a few letters in; which i never do.

    Thanks for your reviews!

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