Comparison of application launchers

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This is a comparison of application launcher software.

Contents

Windows

Website Creator Latest stable version OS Free Software license Open source Plugin Support
ASuite [1] SalvadorSoftware 1.5.1.2 Microsoft Windows Yes GPL Yes No
Enso [2] Humanized 1.0 Microsoft Windows Yes Proprietary Yes Yes
SyMenu [3] Gianluca Negrelli 1.08 Microsoft Windows Yes Proprietary No No
CAL [4] Sentax Solutions 0.0.279 Microsoft Windows Yes Proprietary No No
CodySafe [5] Codyssey.com 1.0.0.106 Microsoft Windows Yes Proprietary No Yes
LaunchPad [6] Greg Sweitzer 1.3 Microsoft Windows, Linux Yes GPL Yes No
Launchy [7] Josh Karlin 2.1.2 Microsoft Windows, Linux Yes GPL Yes Yes
RecentX [8] Conceptworld Corporation 3.0 Microsoft Windows No Proprietary No No
Blaze [9] Gabriel Barata Beta 0.5.2.3 Microsoft Windows Yes GPL Yes Yes
PortableApps.com Platform [10] Rare Ideas, LLC 1.5.2 Microsoft Windows Yes GPL Yes No
Executor [11] Martin Bresson Beta 0.99.04 Microsoft Windows Yes Proprietary No No
DOMercury [12] DomSoft 2.7 Microsoft Windows Yes GPL Yes Yes
FARR (Find And Run Robot) [13] Mouser (DonationCoder.com) 2.80.02 Microsoft Windows Yes Proprietary Yes Yes
Promptu [14] Zach Johnson 0.7 Microsoft Windows Yes Proprietary No Yes
SE-TrayMenu [15] SE-SOFT.COM 1.4.1.24 Microsoft Windows Yes Proprietary No No
Microsys Launcher [16] Thomas Schulz 1.7.0 Microsoft Windows Yes Proprietary No No

Linux

Website Creator Latest stable version OS Free Software license Open source Plugin Support
cairo-dock  ? 2.1 Linux Yes GPL Yes Yes
dmenu [17] Anselm Garbe 4.0 Linux Yes MIT License Yes No
GNOME Do [18] GNOME Do Developers 0.8.3.1 Linux Yes GPL Yes Yes
GNOME Launch Box [19] Imendio 0.4 Linux with GNOME Yes GPL Yes ?
Katapult [20] Katapult Developers 0.3.2.1 Linux with KDE Yes GPL Yes Yes
Launchy [21] Josh Karlin 2.1.1 Microsoft Windows, Linux Yes GPL Yes Yes
Bashrun [22] Henning Bekel 0.14 Linux Yes GPL Yes Yes
gmrun Mihai Bazon 0.9.2 Linux Yes GPL Yes No
kupfer [23] Ulrik Sverdrup c18.1 Linux Yes GPL Yes Yes

Mac OS X

Website Creator Latest stable version OS Free Software license Open source Plugin Support
Butler [24] Peter Maurer 4.1.6 Mac OS X Yes Proprietary No Yes
Quick Search Box Google 2.0 Mac OS X Yes Proprietary No Yes
LaunchBar [25] Objective Development Software 4.3.5 Mac OS X No Proprietary No ?
Quicksilver [26] Blacktree Software 1.0β56a6 Mac OS X Yes Apache License Yes Yes
Namely Amar Sagoo 2.5.1 Mac OS X Yes Proprietary No ?

Although arguable, some consider desktop search tools to be application launchers as well, given their ability to quickly find and launch indexed applications. Such desktop search tools able to launch applications as well include Spotlight or Google Desktop. For a broader list see Desktop Search tools.

References

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