NirLauncher, All Nirsoft Applications In One Program

One of the quality producers of Windows software is Nir Sofer, who has produced more than one hundred different portable applications for the Windows operating system. Generally speaking, all Nirsoft applications are high quality programs that are highly popular and used by many Windows users.

Their portable nature makes them excellent for putting them on troubleshooting DVDs, repair USB drives or tools collections. Nirsoft applications in general are lightweight and do not take up much space on the storage device.

NirLauncher is a frontend created by Nirsoft that provides access to more than a hundred Nirsoft applications. The program ships with the programs included, which means that you can run all the supported programs right after you have unpacked the launcher program on your system.

nir launcher

The program has a size of roughly 16 Megabytes unpacked on the hard drive, which is not bad at all considering that the Nirsoft applications are already included.

When you start the program for the first time, you see a tabbed interface that divides the programs into groups. Available for selection are for instance password recovery utilities, network monitoring tools, web browser tools, Internet related utilities or programmers tools.

A click on a tab lists all the programs listed under that category in the lower half of the interface. Each program is listed with its name, a short description of what it is doing, the version, last update date, web page url and file path.

A double-click launches the program automatically in a new window on the system. It is alternatively possible to select one program from the list and use the buttons located in the status bar to interact with them.

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This includes running the program, open the program web page at the Nirsoft website, opening the program's help file or searching the web.

A right-click on a program opens a context menu with options, including an option to run the program with administrative privileges or advanced parameters and options.

nirsoft advanced run

The Options > Advanced Options configuration menu holds some interesting preferences and settings as well. Users can change the double-click action for instance from running the selected program to opening the advanced run screen, help file, web page or properties window instead.

advanced options

One interesting feature of NirLauncher is its package based design, which means that it is theoretically possible to add custom application groups to the program. For download at the NirLauncher website are several example packages, including the SysInternals Tools collection as well as the Joeware and Piriform packages.

NirLauncher is compatible with all 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems from Windows 2000 up to the very latest Windows 7 version. Some of the Nirsoft applications included have separate 64-bit versions which will be automatically run if a 64-bit operating system is detected by the program launcher.

Windows users can download NirLauncher from the project website over at Nirsoft.

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  1. dw4rf_t0ssr August 16, 2011 at 2:31 pm #

    Big fan of Nirsoft, gonna be nice to have them all in one like this.

    • Francois August 16, 2011 at 4:04 pm #

      IMHO WSCC by Kirysoft is better: natively supports Nirsoft and Sysinternal packages, automatic updates ...

  2. Sid August 16, 2011 at 4:15 pm #

    Internet Explorer 9 SmartScreen Filter blocks the download. It says:
    "nirsoft_package_1.11.19.zip is unsafe to download and was blocked by SmartScreen Filter"
    It's also absent from Softpedia.com. Can you confirm it's safe?

    • Martin Brinkmann August 16, 2011 at 4:29 pm #

      Well it is an official Nirsoft application. And Nir Sofer mentions the false positives explicitly. I say it is safe.

      • Sid August 17, 2011 at 4:36 pm #

        Hi Martin.
        Thanks for the reply. I used Firefox to get it.

    • Bill August 19, 2011 at 9:52 pm #

      Some of the password recovery utilities are flagged as trojans by my AV software. If you are running in a corporate network, beware!

      • Martin Brinkmann August 19, 2011 at 10:02 pm #

        False positives.

      • Bill August 20, 2011 at 4:45 am #

        No, not a false positive -- they *are* password crackers. That's okay if you are at home on your own personal computer but most corporate IT groups will forbid such software on their network.

  3. Alex August 16, 2011 at 5:22 pm #

    Im been using NirSoft apps and Sysinternals apps for a while now (even before they were adcuired by MS) and I really would find my job really difficult without their apps.

    It could be a nice addition to be able to update the package with the latest version of the applications.

  4. Meena Bassem August 16, 2011 at 9:46 pm #

    Finally, i was waiting for something like that
    is there something similar for sysinternals?

    • Martin Brinkmann August 16, 2011 at 9:54 pm #

      Meena you can install the Sysinternals package to have the software available in NirLauncher as well.

  5. Meena Bassem August 16, 2011 at 9:55 pm #

    so, one launcher for all, sounds even better
    thanks Martin :D

  6. Robert Palmar August 17, 2011 at 1:04 am #

    I use so many of Nir Sofer tools I should probably give this a try.

  7. Meena Bassem August 17, 2011 at 2:37 am #

    too bad i can't download it. everytime it reached 99% eset blocks it. even if i disabled eset protection.
    any suggestions? or other mirrors or something?

  8. Meena Bassem August 20, 2011 at 12:46 am #

    well, i know about the false positive thing.the problem is that eset doesn't and it keeps stopping the download when i reach 99%
    it even blocks the connection if i was downloading in virtualbox
    any suggestion?

  9. pcunite February 15, 2012 at 9:46 pm #

    The SmartScreen filter in IE8 and IE9 are sadly worthless. It was a nice thought but they it does not work reliably enough. It was recently reporting FileSearchEX as unsafe, one of the most popular search tools for Windows 7! A lot of this type of software, if not downloaded direct from the developer's link, get packed by a third party malicious installers. When people report that, it reflects negatively on other links as well. Nir Sofer, GOFF Concepts, SysInternals, these are all high quality brands of software utilities. There are many others of course.

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