Update Guide

If you have not installed Launchy before, please check out the previous chapter Installation .

Launchy now requires manual software upgrades.

Note: You need to exit the Launchy program before proceeding with the software upgrade. You can exit the program via the the context menu of tray icon or main user interface.

After ensuring that Launchy exits, you can begin with the software upgrade procedure. Launchy has two running modes, and the software upgrade steps are slightly different between them. So you have to determine the running mode first.

Tips: You can open the installation directory of Launchy and check if the config/launchy.ini file exists (you need to check if the config directory exists and the launchy.ini exists). If this directory and file exists, it is portable mode, otherwise it is installed mode.

Installed Mode

  1. Open the installation directory
    Take D:\Launchy as an example, back up this directory as D:\Launchy_bak .
  2. Open the new version zipped file
    The name of the zipped file should be Launchy-X-X-X.7z or Launchy-X-X-X.zip .
  3. Extract the zipped file to D:\
    If the unzipped folder name does not match D:\Launchy , rename it to D:\Launchy .
  4. (Optional) Migrate third-party skins
    If you have installed third-party skins, you need to migrate them to the newer program directory. Check the D:\Launchy_bak\skins directory for third-party skins and copy them to the D:\Launchy\skins directory.
  5. (Optional) Migrate third-party plugins
    If you have installed third-party plugins, you need to migrate them to the newer program directory. Check the D:\Launchy_bak\plugins directory for third-party plugins and copy them to the D:\Launchy\plugins directory.
  6. (Optional) Migrate third-party Python packages
    If a third-party Python plugin requires additional Python packages, you need to migrate them to the newer program directory. Check if there is a third-party Python package in the D:\Launchy_bak\python directory and copy it to the D:\Launchy\python directory.
  7. (Optional) Migrate Pip Managed Python Packages
    If you have install install Python packages by pip, you need to migrate them to the new program directory. Check if there are extra Python packages in the D:\Launchy_bak\Lib directory and copy them to the corresponding directory of D:\Launchy\Lib .
    Of course, you could also use pip to install the packages again.
  8. Update completed
    You can now run D:\Launchy\Launchy.exe . Once the upgrade is successful, you can delete the D:\Launchy_bak folder.

Portable Mode

  1. Open the installation directory
    Take D:\Launchy as an example, back up this directory as D:\Launchy_bak .
  2. Open the new version zipped file
    The name of the zipped file should be Launchy-X-X-X.7z or Launchy-X-X-X.zip .
  3. Extract the zipped file to D:\
    If the unzipped folder name does not match D:\Launchy , rename it to D:\Launchy .
  4. (Optional) Migrate third-party skins
    If you have installed third-party skins, you need to migrate them to the newer program directory. Check the D:\Launchy_bak\skins directory for third-party skins and copy them to the D:\Launchy\skins directory.
  5. Migrate configuarion file
    The portable mode configuration file is stored in D:\Launchy_bak\config directory, and copy the directory to D:\Launchy directory. Ensure that there is a launchy.ini file in D:\Launchy\config .
  6. (Optional) Migrate third-party plugins
    If you have installed third-party plugins, you need to migrate them to the newer program directory. Check the D:\Launchy_bak\plugins directory for third-party plugins and copy them to the D:\Launchy\plugins directory.
  7. (Optional) Migrate third-party Python packages
    If a third-party Python plugin requires additional Python packages, you need to migrate them to the newer program directory. Check if there is a third-party Python package in the D:\Launchy_bak\python directory and copy it to the D:\Launchy\python directory.
  8. (Optional) Migrate Pip Managed Python Packages
    If you have install install Python packages by pip, you need to migrate them to the new program directory. Check if there are extra Python packages in the D:\Launchy_bak\Lib directory and copy them to the corresponding directory of D:\Launchy\Lib .
    Of course, you could use pip to install the packages again.
  9. Update completed
    You can now run D:\Launchy\Launchy.exe . Once the upgrade is successful, you can delete the D:\Launchy_bak folder.