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chrlauncher (portable)


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This package was approved by moderator AdmiringWorm on 2/18/2017.

A small and very fast portable launcher and updater for Chromium.

This package:

  • installs chrlauncher, not Chromium.
  • will set chrlauncher to download/install/update Chromium without the need for admin rights.
  • by default, sets the install location for Chromium to be the per-user, %APPDATA% directory. Use the /Shared package parameter (below) to make the Chromium install location be in the chrlauncher directory and have Chromium (and all its settings) shared among all users.


Other (system-wide) chrlauncher settings can be modified in the chrlauncher.ini file located in the same directory as the target of the Chromium Launcher desktop shortcut. Some options include:

  • Auto download updates
  • Show a chrlauncher window when updating (default is a tray icon only)
  • Type of Chromium build
  • Update check period

Package Parameters

The following package parameters can be set:

  • /Default - Make chrlauncher the default "browser". This option requires installing with admin rights.
  • /Shared - Share the Chromium install among all users.

These parameters can be passed to the installer with the use of -params.
For example:
choco install chrlauncher.portable -params '"/Default"'.

To install chrlauncher (portable), run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:

C:\> choco install chrlauncher.portable --version 2.3

To upgrade chrlauncher (portable), run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:

C:\> choco upgrade chrlauncher.portable --version 2.3


  • tools\chocolateyInstall.ps1 Show
    $ErrorActionPreference = 'Stop'  # stop on all errors
    $PackageName = 'chrlauncher.portable'
    $version     = '2.3'
    $url         = ''
    $checkSum    = '4b5acc8133e90cab735559e652dea5f6996f0c4781d4ccf65bd517e2561734d0'
    $PackageDir = Split-path (Split-path $MyInvocation.MyCommand.Definition)
    $InstallArgs = @{
       PackageName   = $PackageName
       Url           = $Url 
       UnzipLocation = (Join-path $PackageDir ($PackageName.split('.')[0] + $version))
       checkSum      = $checkSum
       checkSumType  = 'sha256'
    Install-ChocolateyZipPackage @InstallArgs
    $BitLevel = Get-ProcessorBits
    $target   = Join-Path $InstallArgs.UnzipLocation "$BitLevel\chrlauncher.exe"
    $shortcut = Join-Path ([System.Environment]::GetFolderPath('Desktop')) 'Chromium Launcher.lnk'
    Install-ChocolateyShortcut -ShortcutFilePath $shortcut -TargetPath $target
    # Capturing Package Parameters.
    $UserArguments = @{}
    if ($env:chocolateyPackageParameters) {
       $match_pattern = "\/(?<option>([a-zA-Z]+)):(?<value>([`"'])?([a-zA-Z0-9- _\\:\.]+)([`"'])?)|\/(?<option>([a-zA-Z]+))"
       $option_name = 'option'
       $value_name = 'value'
       if ($env:chocolateyPackageParameters -match $match_pattern ){
          $results = $env:chocolateyPackageParameters | Select-String $match_pattern -AllMatches
          $results.matches | ForEach-Object {$UserArguments.Add(
       } else { Throw 'Package Parameters were found but were invalid (REGEX Failure)' }
    } else { Write-Debug 'No Package Parameters Passed in' }
    if ($UserArguments.ContainsKey('Default')) {
       $msgtext = 'You want chrlauncher as the system default browser.'
       Write-Host $msgtext -ForegroundColor Cyan
       $Bat = Join-Path $InstallArgs.unzipLocation "$BitLevel\SetDefaultBrowser.bat"
       $NoPauseBat = Join-Path (Split-Path $Bat) 'NoPauseSetDefaultBrowser.bat'
       (Get-Content $Bat) -ne 'pause' | Out-File $NoPauseBat -Encoding ascii -Force
       & $NoPauseBat
    if ($UserArguments.ContainsKey('Shared')) {
       $msgtext = 'You want chrlauncher to install/update/launch a single instance of Chromium to be shared (including settings, bookmarks, etc.) among all users.'
       Write-Host $msgtext -ForegroundColor Cyan
       $Acl = get-acl $InstallArgs.UnzipLocation
       $InheritanceFlag = [System.Security.AccessControl.InheritanceFlags]::ContainerInherit -bor [System.Security.AccessControl.InheritanceFlags]::ObjectInherit
       $PropagationFlag = [System.Security.AccessControl.PropagationFlags]::InheritOnly
       $rule = New-Object'BUILTIN\Users','Modify',$InheritanceFlag,$PropagationFlag,'Allow')
       set-acl $InstallArgs.UnzipLocation $Acl
    } else {
       $msgtext = 'chrlauncher will install/update/launch Chromium independently for each user.'
       Write-Host $msgtext -ForegroundColor Cyan
       $INIfile = Join-Path (Split-Path $target) 'chrlauncher.ini'
       (gc $INIfile) -replace "^(ChromiumDirectory=).*$",'$1%appdata%\Chromium\bin' | Set-Content $INIfile
  • tools\chocolateyUninstall.ps1 Show
    $PackageName = 'chrlauncher.portable'
    $version = '2.3'
    $PackageDir = Split-path (Split-path $MyInvocation.MyCommand.Definition)
    $InstallDir = (Join-path $PackageDir ($PackageName.split('.')[0] + $version))
    $BitLevel = Get-ProcessorBits
    if (Test-Path 'HKLM:\Software\Clients\StartMenuInternet\chrlauncher') {
       Write-Debug 'Removing registry keys that set chrlauncher as the default browser.'
       $Regfile = Join-Path $InstallDir "$BitLevel\RegistryCleaner.reg"
       regedit /s $Regfile
    Remove-Item $InstallDir -Recurse -Force
    $shortcut = Join-Path ([System.Environment]::GetFolderPath('Desktop')) 'Chromium Launcher.lnk'
    if ([System.IO.File]::Exists($shortcut)) {
        Write-Debug 'Found the desktop shortcut. Deleting it...'

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This package has no dependencies.

Package Maintainer(s)

Software Author(s)

  • Henry++


Copyright (c) 2016, Henry++


Release Notes

Version History

Version Downloads Last updated Status
chrlauncher (portable) 2.5.5 51 Thursday, February 28, 2019 approved
chrlauncher (portable) 2.5.4 108 Friday, December 21, 2018 approved
chrlauncher (portable) 2.5 82 Friday, November 16, 2018 approved
chrlauncher (portable) 2.4.3 386 Tuesday, March 13, 2018 approved
chrlauncher (portable) 2.4.1 411 Saturday, August 5, 2017 approved
chrlauncher (portable) 2.3 385 Tuesday, February 14, 2017 approved
chrlauncher (portable) 227 Wednesday, February 8, 2017 approved
chrlauncher (portable) 2.2 244 Monday, February 6, 2017 approved
chrlauncher (portable) 1.9.4 293 Tuesday, November 15, 2016 approved
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