Questions tagged [portable]

Software that does not require a fixed installation on a dedicated machine. For cross-platform software, please use the [cross-platform] tag.

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Program to draw anywhere on screen

I am looking for a program that will allow me to draw anywhere (in any program/on the desktop, etc.) with my mouse on the screen. The program should: be free allow me to select colors be lightweight ...
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Portable encryption for USB flash drives

I believe this is a more specific question than Alternatives to TrueCrypt? with different answers. I have USB flash drives which I carry around and use on various computers at work and at home. I ...
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Source code editor for HTML/CSS/JS with projects support

I am looking for a source code editor with the support for: Javascript, HTML, CSS syntax highlighting Auto-completion, Source formatting (for the above languages) 'Projects' where you can define ...
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Portable app for calculating one (selectable) hash for a selected file?

Strange enough, but I can't find a portable application for calculating one distinct hash (type, like SHA256, SHA512, Whirlpool, SHA3?) for a selected file! This is all I've found: ...
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Portable offline virus scanner for a low-memory system

I have low system memory and work in a pretty safe environment so don't feel it wise to have a big antivirus running in background all the time. I also have multiple systems so a portable AV that I ...
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Cross platform disk encryption solution without admin privileges

I am looking for a cross platform (OS X 10.10 + Windows 7) encryption solution which can fully encrypt, decrypt and modify a USB disk (full disk encryption). Truecrypt does this, but you need admin ...
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A portable, free and simple video editor [duplicate]

Is there a free video editor that: do not require to register do not need to install, it is portable do not require to login do not install other unnecessary software have the basic function such as ...
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C and C++ portable IDE with up-to-date compiler

Right now I'm reinstalling Visual Studio on my workstation, and it's taking forever. Which reminds me I should have a backup environment available. I'm looking for a portable Integrated Development ...
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Portable bootable virus scanner with secure signature update and low memory requirements

Another question that arose from this question is: Is there any decent portable virus/malware scanner solution that: can be placed on a bootable medium (such as a USB stick, but maybe a CD-R too) ...
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Portable LAMP or XAMPP for Linux

Is there a portable version of LAMP or XAMPP for Linux? Or anything similar? I'm trying to find something I can run off a USB flash drive for development and testing between various machines.
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Free console TCP tunneling app or proxifier

I need an application that will make certain applications that have no proxy support by itself (browser, for example) to go through my SOCKS proxy server. Requirements: No GUI-actions needed (CLI ...
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On-the-fly encryption solution for external drive

I am looking to create an external drive with important information and would like to encrypt this drive as well. I would need to have a software that would allow me to view and run files inside the ...
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PDF editor that can arrange pages visually (on a page-thumbnail grid...)

I'm looking for a Windows freeware that: can remove a page (example: remove page #7 from a 50-page PDF, and save the result as PDF) can move a page (example: move page #23 from a 50-page PDF to the ...
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Portable visual editor to extract selected parts of MP4 video without reencoding, with ability to navigate to previous/next frame

Is there any piece of software that fulfills these three basic requirements? Has some interface to view and listen an opened file (MP4 support is a must, but support for other formats would look ...
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Program to build and update a static blog (Windows)

I'm looking for a portable program that will run under Windows 7 and will output all files needed for a static blog, in HTML, to be readable offline and uploaded by FTP to a website if required. Real-...
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Software to password protect hard disk

I've just bought a 4T 2.5 inch Seagate external hard disk. Can anyone recommend which software is good to password protect the disk and encrypt data? I am looking for a free software. I use both ...
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Visual editor for math expressions, with basic or better yet, full Unicode support

I am looking for a separate, standalone visual math editor. Requirements: Full or, at least, basic Unicode support (explanation below). Portable by nature. It means that all the app needs for ...
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Standalone image slideshow player application for Windows?

I'm about to burn a disc of photos, a lot of them. I'd like to provide a standalone executable on a disk that when launched would play a full-screen random slideshow of all the images on the disc. ...
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Free lightweight database program

I need a smallish lightweight and free database program to keep track of items in a large collection. I don't need it to be able to do much besides being able to create entries with various fields ...
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Portable screencast recorder for Windows

Can anyone recommend a portable screencast recorder for Windows? Requirements Portable Works on Windows 7 High enough definition to have all recorded text legible Record only a specified area of the ...
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Personal Portable Wiki that Syncs with Dropbox

I'm looking for a personal wiki for knowledge management. I'd like it to be open source (free). I took a look through the WikiMatrix already, but the options are a little too broad for me. Basically, ...
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Portable admin-less cross-compiling 2D game developing program?

I've worked with so many game developing programs which work and don't work. Some have limitations, some worked all until once, some can't export to some platforms, some cost too much, … So far, I've ...
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Audio editor written in Java

I'm looking for an audio editor written entirely in Java, without any dependencies that have to be installed. A self-contained JAR file that I can run from anywhere, even on machines that do not ...
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A keylogger that doesn't have to be installed

We are looking for a free keylogger that should have the main features of the keylogger: Spytector The main things we are looking for: It should be free. It should work like Spytector: The main ...
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Invert colours of selection/window on Windows 7

I use Magnifier to invert the entire screen, but I am looking for a solution that does this for only a selection/window. Requirements: free select window / select section of screen portable
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HTTP server (portable) for 32 bit Windows XP which requires no admin rights

I am looking for a light-weight HTTP server, to server static web pages on localhost for testing purposes. That is all the functionality that I require. If the requested URL exists, then return it, ...
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Tool to launch non-portable software from external hard disk

Is there any software what allows me to carry my own documents, software, register etc. on external hard disc? I want to carry with me non-portable software. Normally, I just use some VM but it can't ...
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Free portable Message Sequence Chart Generator

My Message Seqence Chart Generator of choice is Msc-generator. Alas, I cannot find a portable version. What altrernatives are there? Must run on Windows be gratis for commerical use ...
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Looking for a portable color picker (from anywhere on the PC screen)

I'm looking for a way to find the HTML color code (HEX) for any image or point on the PC screen. For example, while viewing a web page, I sometimes require finding the HTML color of a certain point ...
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Lightweight "USB stick runnable" JavaScript/plain text editor for Mac?

I need a very lightweight text editor that will do plain text and hopefully JavaScript syntax highlighting. The most important thing is that I can avoid any kind of installation, I'd like to run it ...
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Free Mindmap software that supports python API

I need a portable OS-agnostic Mindmap software that supports python API, I want to be able to change the nodes, add text or images programmatically via python.
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Portable single executable browser alternative to QtWeb

I've been using QtWeb for a few years now. It's portable and uses only a single 8MB executable, has a very capable built-in adblocker and renders most websites without problems. While I still enjoy ...
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Where can I find a portable (no install necessary) CLI git client for windows?

I am looking for something that I can use for working with git repositories on windows that is 100% portable (copy-paste the files to a separate machine and have it work) and CLI based - I had a ...
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Share clipboard across multiple Win10 PCs

I am looking for a soft- or a soft- and hardware solution to transfer the clipboard from one Win10 machine to another. One of the two computers is only allowed to access certain addresses via VPN ...
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HTML, CSS, PHP Portable Editor

I am looking for an HTML, CSS, PHP portable Editor, with FTP connection plugin, to connect my website using my flash memory drive, with all cache and connection data on it. To be correct, I want ...
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Japanese/English speech translator

During my previous visit to Japan (2013) I twice saw an app that was able to translate from (spoken) Japanese to English and viceversa, with acceptable results and performance. One man used an app on ...
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Search and Replace tool for Windows Registry

Please recommend a gratis Windows tool to perform search and replace operations in the Windows Registry. I would like to select a Registry key and have the tool perform the search and replace ...
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offline Snippet Manager

I'm looking for a program to save snippet for future use, and with following requirements: Offline Some office are not allow to access internet or with limitation Portable I don't have admin right, ...
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Portable email viewer / archiving program for Windows or Linux?

I'd like a simple program to keep and view the emails with my software license keys, receipts for software purchases, etc. I also have email from other genealogy researchers that I'd like to archive. ...
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*Portable* static blog generators that run on Win7 x64?

Are there any portable static blog generators that run on Windows 7 x64? I mean ones where you can store all files for a blog and all programs required to update it on a flash drive connect the flash ...
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Portable washer for document metadata

So I'm doing some work for a smaller company. They wanted a standalone secure client that they can wash all their documents metadata in. Mostly it's PDF and office(doc & docx). The problem is ...
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PDF viewer that supports Regex search

I am looking for a PDF viewer with the following features: Supports Regex search, preferably Perl compatible Runs on Windows (7 and up) Is portable, or can be made portable Gratis Nice to have: ...
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Cross-platform portable app suite / creator

Having a collection of portable applications at hand, has proven to be very helpful several times. I wonderer whether any portable app suite or portable app creator provides a cross-plattform ...
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Portable, free, cross-platform, GUI-based prose-friendly plain-text diff and merge tool?

I have a Macbook at home and a GNU/linux desktop workstation at work. But, I sometimes also have to work on my university's library machines (running Windows 7) without admin rights. Is there a (...
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Portable USB app (Linux, Mac and Win) to encrypt text with PGP?

I'd like to be able to send people encrypted messages (given I have their public keys which they might give me in a number of ways), when I'm travelling, and don't have a laptop with me but do have a ...
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Windows Hex Viewer/Editor with Map of data & Regex Searching, preferrably Portable

I am trying to find a Windows hex viewer/editor that: Can display the binary/hex contents of a file or drive in a format similar to the way WinMerge gives an overview of the differences between each ...
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What are some IDE options with GUI builder to make a portable GUI applications?

I need to make an application which is going to portable (windows, linux and Mac). This is the front-end, the GUI stuff. The back-end is written in C++. But now I'm exploring the options to build this ...
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Free file storage, working as Git/GitHub, Windows, portable

I work with git/GitHub and Bazaar/Launchpad. But on GitHub and Launchpad it is impossible to store the files which aren't relating to my projects and on these services not enough room for files is ...
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A small size portable freeware to tell you the version of the USB port and USB devices

I'm looking for a gratis tool displays all my USB ports and devices and if they are USB 2 or 3. I want to be able to distribute the tool to end-users who don't know much about USB and the differences ...
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Offline and Portable PHP text editor that have Live Preview functionality

Is there a text editor or IDE for PHP (and if possible, include HTML and CSS) that is: Offline (do not need internet in order to function) Portable (extract from a zip file and run immediately) Live ...
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