Run in Portable Mode?

if it’s pricing issue, I am happy to pay for my portable version. i would so love this, to be able to use obsidian without admin. it would be great to understand why this is not being pursued, just so to understand if at some point i can use obsidian more widely (which i’d like) or if i need to look for other solutions alltogether. thanks!

+1 for portable, for the same reason (locked up devices)

This is strange.

After working at first (but maybe I did something else, really) the launcher.bat ends with “can’t find Obsidian.exe”

At first I thought I set the shortcut wrong, but it does the same when starting it directly on the drive.

Win10, no admin rights.

After I ran the launcher.bat, it stopped working for me, as well.

At that point, I dug into the Obsidian folders on the USB drive to find Obsidian.exe. Then I created a shortcut, which I copied to the main directory on the drive. It runs like a top for me now…no need to run the launcher.bat every time. (It appears that the requisite folders are all created in that first instance of running it.)

With the permission of the developers I created a PortableApps package for Obsidian 0.14.6:

  1. Go to PortableApps and download the platform. It is very useful by itself, but now, with Obsidian, it is even better :-).
  2. Install the platform and run it.
  3. Download the PortableApps Obsidian 0.14.6 package from WeTransfer - Send Large Files & Share Photos Online - Up to 2GB Free. You may have a look at a scan of it at VirusTotal.
  4. Launch the platform and choose: Apps -> Install a New App (.paf).
  5. Choose the downloaded .paf file and install it.

  1. Launch Obsidian

I am working to make it official on PortableApps. Once it is, it will be auto updated by the PAc.


Remark: The link above will be available for a limited time. Hopefully we’ll get an official release later on.


Hi Royi,

Excellent job! Kudos

btw: will you be creating a Github rep for it?



Yes, I want to put it on GitHub.
But I rather make it online installer. Namely it will download the latest version and use that.
Yet, there is not ZIP version of Obsidian, only as installer.

thanks a million for this portable version, its a fantastic step!
unfortunately, the community plug-ins are not working for me. (“Failed to load community plugins”). not sure if that is the right place to ask. is there anything i can do?

@Royi I think it’s better you open a share and showcase thread.


@Royi the shared link has expired (as you’ve warned :sweat_smile:

Perhaps while waiting for this to be accepted into portable app repo, can we share the binary in ur github?

I am still struggling with the Online installer. I need a direct access to the app-64.7z to make the installer work.

I wanted to open an issue at GitHub - obsidianmd/obsidian-releases: Community plugins list, theme list, and releases of Obsidian. to ask for a flat ZIP which contains the content of app-64.7z but there is no option to open an issue.

@WhiteNoise can u help out with the above? I’m not sure what @Royi is referring but I’m sure u would be able to advise. Tqs

Same issue as other people. Want to use at work. Not supposed to install software on Windows machine. If I could run off a USB stick that would enable me to keep a personal knowledge database to assist with work in this job and future jobs.

you can get that by unpacking the .exe. 7zip does it.

I’m aware of that (See my previous post on how I achieve portability).
The problem is that the PortableApps installer doesn’t support the current packaging.
So if there was a published ZIP in the GitHub releases which contains the content of app-64.7z which inside the exe it allow making the PortableApps installer generic and always up to date.

Download/bundle 7zip command line utility and use it.

I am limited to what the PortableApps installer can do.
With scripts / tools I wrote how to make a portable version in: Run in Portable Mode? - #23 by Royi.

But in order to create an online version of PortableApps I need an archive which has the contents of app-64.7z.

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OK, I think I have solved the issue with the Online Installer.
It seems to work now. So I will be able to release everything on GitHub soon so everybody can use the latest and greatest :-).


That’s great news. Can’t wait to try it.

Hello @Royi,
Thanks a bunch for what you’re doing.

The PortableApps Obsidian 0.14.6 package has already expired from WeTransfer. Could you please keep it available for download until it is officially on the PortableApps platform ?

Thanks in advance