30 Free Portable Applications for Design and Development

All of these free portable applications have been in some cases, modified and trimmed down in size to allow them to fit on to a portable device like a USB drive or a portable hard drive. Rather than carrying a bulky laptop, you can carry all your applications and programs, your bookmarks, local servers, emails, passwords, graphic editors and favorite browsers with you anywhere in your pocket. What a great idea!

Portable Web Browsers

Portable Web Design and Development FreewareURL & Download : Avant Browser.
Description : There does not seem to be a portable version of Internet Explorer, this is the closest I could find, and it is better. The layout was designed to be more flexible and ergonomic than IE. It even supports (the terribly) few IE addins and toolbars and the list of features and tools in itself are pretty impressive as well.
Download Size : 300kb.
OS : All Windows only.

Portable Web Design and Development FreewareURL & Download : Mozilla Firefox – Portable Edition.
Description : Mozilla Firefox is a fast, full-featured web browser that is simple to use. It has … come on, we all know what it is and does, I don’t need to tell yous! Just Download it.
Download Size : 8mb.
OS : Windows, MAC OSX and Linux.

Portable Web Design and Development FreewareURL & Download : Google Chrome Portable.
Description : Google Chrome Portable is in beta version so do not expect a perfect browsing experience. Chrome Portable features all the benefits of the main browser.
Download Size : 7.4mb.
OS : XP and Vista only.

Portable Web Design and Development FreewareURL & Download : Opera@USB – Portable Opera.
Description : Opera@USB is not an official release from Opera, it was created by Markus Obermair. It works just as well as the fully blown browser and makes use of all its features.
Download Size : 17.7mb.
OS : All Windows only.

Portable Web Design and Development FreewareURL & Download : Camino Browser.
Description : Portable Camino is the Camino web browser packaged as portable application so you can take your bookmarks, extensions, history and cookies with you.
Download Size : 17.7mb.
OS : MAC OSX.

Portable Web Design and Development FreewareURL & Download : Firefox Accessibility Extension.
Description : This Firefox Extension makes it easier for people with disabilities to view and navigate web content. Developers can use the extension to check their use of structural and styling markup that support functional web accessibility. Obviuosly works in conjunction with Firefox.
Download Size : 17.7mb.

Portable Text / HTML / CSS Editors

Portable Web Design and Development FreewareURL & Download : Notepad++.
Description : Notepad++ is one of the few source code text editors that supports folding. In addition, it features multi-language syntax highlighting, auto-completion, regular expression search/replace, macro recording and playback etc.
Download Size : 4.1mb.
OS : All Windows only.

Portable Web Design and Development FreewareURL & Download : KompoZer Portable.
Description : KompoZer Portable is a very easy to use, open source WYSIWYG HTML editor
Download Size : 6.6mb.
OS : All Windows only.

Portable Web Design and Development FreewareURL & Download : Astyle CSS Editor.
Description : Astyle CSS Editor is CSS editor that allows you to design style sheet (CSS) code from a visual interface. Another must Download.
Download Size : 1.4mb.
OS : All Windows only.

Portable Web Design and Development FreewareURL & Download : Nvu Portable.
Description : The now discontinued editor, made available for portable devices.
Download Size : 7.2mb.
OS : All Windows only.

Portable Servers

Portable Web Design and Development FreewareURL & Download : HFS – HTTP File Server.
Description : HTTP File Server is an easy to use drag and drop file server for personal file sharing. It runs as a standalone executable and does not require any installation.
Download Size : 560kb.
OS : All Windows only.

Portable Web Design and Development FreewareURL & Download : PuTTY Portable.
Description : PuTTY is a lightweight telnet and SSH client for Windows, along with an xterm terminal emulator. It allows you to securely connect to your systems while on the go.
Download Size : 900kb.
OS : All Windows only.

Portable Web Design and Development FreewareURL & Download : WAMP Portable Website Server.
Description : Uniform Server is a complete Windows Apache MySQL PHP (WAMP) portable server package that allows a user to run a production or live Web Server and host Websites directly from a portable device.
Download Size : 9.8mb.
OS : All Windows only.

Portable Web Design and Development FreewareURL & Download : Instant Rails.
Description : Instant Rails is a one-stop Rails runtime solution containing Ruby, Rails, Apache, and MySQL, all pre-configured and ready to run. No installer, you simply drop it into the directory of your choice and run it. It does not modify your system environment.
Download Size : 69.7mb.
OS : All Windows only.

Portable Web Design and Development FreewareURL & Download : XAMPP.
Description : XAMPP is an integrated server package of Apache, mySQL, PHP and Perl (the AMPP in XAMPP) that all run from a removable drive. Everything is pre-configured and ready to go just by unzipping or installing it.
Download Size : Full 33mb – Light 17mb.
OS : All Windows only.

Portable Web Design and Development FreewareURL & Download : WOS Portable.
Description : WOS is an Apache server based on PHP and MySQL that can be taken anywhere. You've got a complete Apache webserver with PHP and MySQL.
Download Size : 11.9kb.
OS : All Windows only.

Portable FTP Clients

Portable Web Design and Development FreewareURL & Download : WinSCP Portable Edition.
Description : WinSCP Portable Edition is the WinSCP SFTP and SCP client for Windows packaged with an OTBSoft Launcher as a portable app.
Download Size : 1.4mb.
OS : All Windows only.

Portable Web Design and Development FreewareURL & Download : FileZilla Portable.
Description : FileZilla is one of the most popular (and, possibly the best) FTP clients, the portable version does have less features than the full version. Even with less features it is still a must Download.
Download Size : 3.2mb.
OS : All Windows only.

Portable Web Design and Development FreewareURL & Download : Portable SmartFTP.
Description : This portable FTP client is much smaller in size than all the rest of the FTP Clients, and it shows. Features are limited, but if you are short of space on your drive it could be useful.
Download Size : 640kb.
OS : All Windows only.

Portable Web Design and Development FreewareURL & Download : CyberDuck FTP.
Description : Portable Cyberduck is the Cyberduck FTP and SFTP (SSH Secure File Transfer) browser with an easy to use interface, integration with external editors and support for many Mac OS X system technologies such as Spotlight, Bonjour, the Keychain and AppleScript.
Download Size : 9.9mb.
OS : MAC OSX only.

Portable Graphic Editors

Portable Web Design and Development FreewareURL & Download : GIMP Portable.
Description : GIMP is a free and complete graphic editor, a great replacement for Photoshop. Its capabilities, tools and features are endless. Certainly, a must Download.
Download Size : 16mb.
OS : All Windows only.

Portable Web Design and Development FreewareURL & Download : Portable Inkscape.
Description : Inkscape is an Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, Freehand and CorelDraw. It uses the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format.
Download Size : 20.7mb.
OS : All Windows only.

Portable Web Design and Development FreewareURL & Download : IrfanView Portable.
Description : IrfanView is a image viewer with support for a large number of image, audio and video formats, including animated GIF, multi-page TIFF and multiple ICO files. It also supports creation of panaroma images, editing of multi-page TIFF files, as well as lossless JPEG rotation.
Download Size : 1.28mb.
OS : All Windows only.

Portable Web Design and Development FreewareURL & Download : Portable Pixia.
Description : Pixia is the English version of a popular Japanese painting and retouching application for full color graphics.
Download Size : 2.9mb.
OS : All Windows only.

Essential Portable Utilities

Portable Web Design and Development FreewareURL & Download : 7-Zip Portable.
Description : 7-Zip is a file archiver (compression) utility for Windows with a great array of features, it supports 7z, ZIP, GZIP, BZIP2, TAR and RAR files.
Download Size : 1.2mb.
OS : All Windows only.

Portable Web Design and Development FreewareURL & Download : UK`s Kalender.
Description : UK`s Kalender is a straightforward calendar and ToDo list with a solid set of features and an easy to use interface. It provides weekly, monthly and yearly views, and allows you to create simple or recurring reminders with optional alarm and custom color choice.
Download Size : 1.4mb.
OS : All Windows only.

Portable Web Design and Development FreewareURL & Download : TreePad Lite.
Description : TreePad is an intuitive and powerful personal database program, PIM and personal data search engine. It allows you to store all your notes, emails, texts, hyperlinks, etc. into a single file.
Download Size : 866kb.
OS : All Windows only.

Portable Web Design and Development FreewareURL & Download : Thunderbird Portable.
Description : The great and free Thunderbird e-mail client is packed full of features, and you can carry it about with you anywhere. A must Download.
Download Size : 6mb.
OS : Windows, MAC OSX and Linux.

Portable Web Design and Development FreewareURL & Download : Sumatra PDF Portable.
Description : This tool is the lightweight Sumatra PDF packaged as a portable app, so you can view PDF files on the go.
Download Size : 1.1mb.
OS : All Windows only.

Portable Web Design and Development FreewareURL & Download : OpenOffice.
Description : OpenOffice is a free office suite that supports Microsoft Office Documents, as well as Word Perfect and Lotus. The portable version has all the features you would expect from the full version, making this a must Download.
Download Size : 85mb.
OS : Windows 2000/XP/Vista, Linux.

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