Zero Install: Run apps without having to install them

Zero Install is a decentralized cross-platform software-installation system available under the LGPL. It allows software developers to publish programs directly from their own web-sites, while supporting features familiar from centralized distribution repositories such as shared libraries, automatic updates and digital signatures. It is intended to complement, rather than replace, the operating system’s package management. 0install packages never interfere with those provided by the distribution.

What's new in this version:

  • Added support for download retrieval method
  • Fixed some bugs in Sync logic
  • Made some cache management operations more reliable
  • Minor UI tweaks

Download: Zero Install 2.1 | Portable | 5.0 MB (Open Source)
View: Zero Install Website | Zero Install Features

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The apps are not portable. I ran Keepass and it made a folder in Application Data. Also files were written to other places in the drive and on top of that when I went to delete the Zero Install folder, some files wouldn't delete, the Keepass files. I had to use Unlocker to remove them even though no open handles where found.

It also wrote to the registry.
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\ESENT\Process\0install-win]

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\ESENT\Process\0install-win\DEBUG]
"Trace Level"=""

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\ESENT\Process\ZeroInstall]

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\ESENT\Process\ZeroInstall\DEBUG]
"Trace Level"=""

Edited by xdot.tk, Jun 25 2013, 2:56am :

FalsePositive said,
The apps are not portable. I ran Keepass and it made a folder in Application Data. Also files were written to other places in the drive and on top of that when I went to delete the Zero Install folder, some files wouldn't delete, the Keepass files. I had to use Unlocker to remove them even though no open handles where found.

It also wrote to the registry.

Sounds to me like it's a broken package and the packager is at fault as it appears to violate 0install's raison d'être.