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This package was approved as a trusted package on 8/27/2017.


Keypirinha is a fast launcher for keyboard ninjas on Windows.


  • Quickly find and launch plethora of items like applications, files, bookmarks, URLs, sessions (PuTTY, WinSCP, FileZilla), registry keys, ...
  • Launch a search on any configured website or online dictionary
  • Language translations on-the-fly
  • Evaluate mathematical expressions
  • Base conversion of numbers
  • Search your environment variables
  • Launch a copied URL directly (http, mailto, skype, ...)
  • Split a URL and convert its arguments to JSON
  • Switch to a running application by name
  • Hash a string (CRC32, MD5, SHA, ...)
  • Generate random UUIDs, passwords, bytes sequences
  • Naturally associate a keyword to a specific item
  • Machine-specific and/or user-specific configuration
  • ... and more, see Shipped Packages and Third-Party Packages


  • Freeware, no nag screen, no time limit, no ads
  • Customizable GUI (colors, fonts, toggling and positioning of elements)
  • Lightning fast
  • Fairly small memory footprint
  • Battery friendly
  • File-driven configuration
  • Steep but rewarding learning curve
  • Written in C++, exposes a Python3 API for its plugins

You can think of Keypirinha as an alternative to Launchy and a cousin of Alfred.

To install Keypirinha, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:

C:\> choco install keypirinha

To upgrade Keypirinha, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:

C:\> choco upgrade keypirinha


  • tools\chocolateyBeforeModify.ps1 Show
    Stop-Process -processname keypirinha* -force
  • tools\chocolateyInstall.ps1 Show
    $ErrorActionPreference = 'Stop'
    $packageName = 'keypirinha'
    $packageVersion = '2.15.4'
    $targetVersion = '2.15.4'
    $url32 = "$targetVersion/keypirinha-$targetVersion-x86-portable.7z"
    $url64 = "$targetVersion/keypirinha-$targetVersion-x64-portable.7z"
    $checksum32 = 'eaa111e03b6704345839ca07fd8a36c4531cdf5586190f586fa6fc6810b8d64c'
    $checksum64 = 'b5ff35bc4cfc7d4b97b01359290970803fe9ffd6f7906598b2082d391c5df5d0'
    $checksumType = 'sha256'
    $toolsDir = "$(Split-Path -parent $MyInvocation.MyCommand.Definition)"
    $installDir = "$toolsDir\keypirinha"
    $portableDir = "$toolsDir\keypirinha\portable"
    Write-Host 'Stopping Keypirinha...'
    Stop-Process -processname keypirinha* -force
    # Manually remove shims erroneously created by previous versions of the
    # Chocolatey package (2.15.3 and previous).
    # We specify their -Path to ensure only Keypirinha's shims are removed.
    Uninstall-BinFile -Name "keypirinha-x86" `
                      -Path "$installDir\bin\x86\keypirinha-x86.exe"
    Uninstall-BinFile -Name "keypirinha-x64" `
                      -Path "$installDir\bin\x64\keypirinha-x64.exe"
    Uninstall-BinFile -Name "Notepad2" `
                      -Path "$installDir\bin\x86\bin\notepad2\Notepad2.exe"
    Uninstall-BinFile -Name "Notepad2" `
                      -Path "$installDir\bin\x64\bin\notepad2\Notepad2.exe"
    # Note: a "Get-ProcessorBits 64" test would be redundant here since
    # Install-ChocolateyZipPackage apparently takes care of choosing the appropriate
    # URL
    Install-ChocolateyZipPackage -PackageName $packageName `
                                 -Url $url32 `
                                 -UnzipLocation "$toolsDir" `
                                 -Url64bit $url64 `
                                 -Checksum $checksum32 `
                                 -ChecksumType $checksumType `
                                 -Checksum64 $checksum64 `
                                 -Checksum64Type $checksumType
    # Generate an "*.ignore" file for every executable except keypirinha.exe, so
    # Chocolatey creates only one shim for Keypirinha (i.e. "keypirinha.exe" at the
    # root of $installDir).
    $files = Get-ChildItem $installDir -include *.exe -recurse
    foreach ($file in $files) {
      if (!($file.Name.Contains('keypirinha.exe'))) {
        New-Item "$file.ignore" -type file -force | Out-Null
    # Generate a "keypirinha.exe.gui" file to ensure Chocolatey does not run
    # Keypirinha in console mode.
    # Note: it did not seem to be necessary during tests...
    New-Item "$installDir\keypirinha.exe.gui" -type file -force | Out-Null
    # Keypirinha specific: delete the "portable" directory to enable "Install Mode"
    if ( $(Try { Test-Path $portableDir } Catch { $false }) ) {
      Write-Host "Deleting `'$portableDir`' so that Keypirinha runs in Install Mode"
      Remove-Item -Recurse -Force $portableDir

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Software Author(s)

  • polyvertex


Release Notes

v2.15.4 - 2017-08-27


  • Added the hotkey_history setting to the LaunchBox can be shown directly in History mode (#220)
  • Ctrl+Home and Ctrl+End respectively allow to jump to the top and
    the bottom of the results list (#223)
  • Multi-lines text pasted in the LaunchBox will be converted to a single line like it is the case already for the hotkey_paste feature (#228)

Calc package

  • Added the base_conversion setting (#219)

FileBrowser package

  • Recently typed paths in Windows Explorer's address bar are now shown as you type. See the new show_recents setting for more info.

GoogleTranslate package

String package

URL package

  • Suggest https URL in addition to http when no scheme is specified

WebSuggest package

Version History

Version Downloads Last updated Status
Keypirinha 68 Friday, August 11, 2017 approved
Keypirinha 2.15.3 109 Wednesday, July 19, 2017 approved
Keypirinha 111 Monday, June 19, 2017 approved
Keypirinha 2.15.1 101 Monday, May 29, 2017 approved

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