Our getting started guide for newbies.

 

A. Online Portable App Collections

Portablefreeware.com A very extensive collection. One of the best.
Portableapps.com Perhaps the best sorted out and organized of all the collections
TinyApps.org  Most of these tiny apps are portable  
Best Free Portable Windows Apps  
100 Apps for College Students  
Selection of portable applications  
Folding Freeware Project - An everything-but-the-kitchen-sink approach. Big.
Portable Freeware Directory  
Portable Office Executable  
   

B. Long List of Portable Applications

Application launchers

Development Tools

IDEs

Scripting Languages

Visual mapping tool/Productivity tool

Graphics

 3D Modeling And Rendering

Graphic Editors

 Viewers

Document Based

Office and Publishing

 Editors

Personal Notes

  • NotesHolder - desktop notes, for portability install it in Portable mode.

  • Personal Knowbase - note organizer. For portability, select the removable drive letter as "Destination" during installation.

Educational

Games

See List of portable computer games

Internet

Web browsers

Email clients

Instant messaging

FTP clients

 Download managers

 P2P file sharing

 IRC

RSS, Atom readers

Telnet, SSH clients

Bookmark managers

Search engines

Podcast managers

Proxy server/clients and Routing Networks

Wiki-like (Note: These are not web-based)

Miscellaneous

  • Moka5 LivePC Engine (Portable VMware).ts.

  • Mojopac portable chopped down copy of windows. Requires administrator rights.

Multimedia

File converters

  • Audiograbber is a CD audio extractor (digitally).

  • BonkEnc

  • CDex

  • MediaCoder

  • SUPER - (Simplified Universal Player Encoder & Renderer) is a program that easily encapsulates the capabilities of ffmpeg, MEncoder, mplayer, x264, mppenc, ffmpeg2theora, and the theora/vorbis RealProducer plugIn. Has problems with portability.

  • TMPGEnc - a video encoder that supports HDV import/output along with DivX 6 AVI, MPEG-1/2/4, QuickTime (MOV), and Window Media (WMV/WMV-HD/WMA) input/output.

CD/DVD burning

Editors

Audio/Midi Sequencer

  • Reaper has a .bat file for a USB stick installation

Players

Recorders

Video Capture

Networking

HTTP servers

Miscellaneous

Other Tools

Web Editors

  • Portable Nvu and KompoZer

  • OpenOffice.org Portable -  includes HTML editor.

Calendar management

 File management

File Archivers and Extractors

  • 7-Zip

  • Filzip

  • PeaZip, for Linux and Windows

  • iZarc2go, Portable version of iZarc

  • WinRAR, Portable version for Windows, still requires having a license for a regular version of WinRAR. The version number for WinRAR Unplugged is 3.7.1.1, while the latest WinRAR for Windows version is 3.80.

Unit Converters

  • Converber is a unit converter that supports over 1000 various units of measure in 32 categories. Customizable.

PDF Tools

 Readers

 Writers

Security and Encryption

Password Management

Anti-Spyware/Malware

AntiVirus

Real-Time Disk/Volume Encryption

File Encryption

System Maintenance

 Storage Management

Visual maps of free space and biggest files and folders on hard drive.

 System Information

  • CPU-Z - CPU and memory hardware details - clock and FSB speeds, SPD, OS version.

  • AIDA32 - freeware system information, diagnostics, and auditing program

  • SIW -  gathers detailed information about your system properties and settings

Partition/File Recovery