If LaunchyQt is already installed, this time should be a software upgrade, please refer to the next chapter Upgrade Guide .


LaunchyQt currently supports Windows 7/8/10 and does not require additional dependencies.

Linux and MacOS versions are under development.


Download the latest version of LaunchyQt from Github or Sourceforge.
There is no difference between the 7z and the zip package with the same name. Usually the 7z package is smaller, and the zip package is only for the users who don’t have a 7z extraction software installed.


The LaunchyQt installation package is a zipped file that can be extracted in any directory.
After unzipped, the software is ready to run. By default, LaunchyQt will run in installed mode .

Installed Mode and Portable Mode

LaunchyQt has two modes: installed mode and portable mode. The difference between the two is mainly on the storage location of the program configuration.
When LaunchyQt starts, it checks if there is a config/launchy.ini file in the software directory. If this file exists, the software will run in portable mode, otherwise the software will run in installed mode.
In the LaunchyQt option dialog, two modes can be switched.

Installed Mode

When running in installed mode, the configuration files for LaunchyQt are stored in the user configuration directory specified by the operating system.
The directory for the Windows platform is C:\Users\%USERNAME%\AppData\Roaming\Launchy .

Portable Mode

When running in portable mode, the configuration files for LaunchyQt are stored in the config directory of program directory.
In portable mode, all the program configurations and executable files are stored in only one directory, which is convenient to be stored in a USB flash drive and move around.
Tips: Before you reinstall your system, you can save the LaunchyQt configuration by switching the installed mode to portable mode.