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does anybody know a good an actively developed alterantive to the keystroke-launcher Launchy or Executor? Launchy seems no longer to be under development. Executor also seems not to be developed activly and still stucks on 32-bit, so its not very usefull on Windows 7 x64.

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Are you doing anything special besides launching apps? I personally switched to just using the built in windows key and just typing. There's also brandontools.com/content/StartPlusPlus.aspx –  Kvad Apr 18 '12 at 2:39

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Find and Run Robot (aka FARR) is actively developed, searches the live filesystem quickly, has a portable version, a bunch of configuration options and supports plugins and aliases. It requires a free registration and donations are requested but not mandated. It's one of the first apps I install on a new machine.

FARR screenshot

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Executor is still being developed and a 64 bit version is available.

See the Executor forum post by the developer: http://executor.fr.yuku.com/topic/1078/Executor-64bit-beta-version-available

The current 32 bit version runs fine under Windows 7/8 64bit and has no restrictions or issues with 64bit apps that I have seen.

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32 bit version has no issues with launching 32 bit applications, yes. But as of now, it cannot launch 64 bit applications at all. See here: executor.fr.yuku.com/topic/678/x64-support –  Ishmaeel Nov 18 at 12:28

I use AutoHotkey, which works fine on both 32 and 64 bit.


  • it supports scripting, so you can do some pretty advanced stuff, if needed
  • it has a good documentation
  • key binding works very well (I managed to bind even the media keys in combination with CTRL, ALT and/or SHIFT)
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AutoHotkey is pretty nice for writing scripts to automate tasks. But i think its not right tool to replace a application launcher like Launchy. –  Alexander Apr 17 '12 at 8:39
Ont of the types of tasks you can automate with it is launching an application. That's what I do with Autohotkey 99% of the time and that's a great productivity booster. For the few times I need a lancher aplication, I use the Windows 7 start menu (press the Win key and start typing the app name) –  w0lf Apr 17 '12 at 8:46
I just wrote one with AutoHotKey.. github.com/garyng/KeyboardLauncher it binds program to a hotkey –  GaryNg Nov 21 '13 at 16:28

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