Remote Launcher Free

Remote Launcher Free


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Remote Launcher is an easy to use tool that enables you to launch applications remotely on your PC via your Android device with a single click. It can also be used to start your PC up, even if it is turned off, with the built in support for Wake On Lan. It consists of an Android app and a small server program for your PC.

There is also support for Android shortcuts and widgets (size 1x1) available to start programs even quicker.

You can configure Remote Launcher to start any application on your PC, e.g. start your mediacenter (xbmc etc), shutdown/restart the computer or run a custom script.

It's also possible to automate Remote Launcher using Android intents or shortcuts. That makes it possible to use it together with tools such as Tasker or Llama to perform tasks at certain events, e.g. "shutdown computer when I leave home" or "send wake on lan packet to computer and start xbmc when I get back home". You can even do things like muting your computer when there's an incoming call and unmuting it when the call finishes. The imagination is the limit.

To use Remote Launcher you need to install the Remote Launcher Server on your PC. Downloads, installation instructions, user guides and examples are available on the project wiki:

The Remote Launcher server is written in Java so it should work on any pc with the Java Runtime Enviromnment installed (version 1.6 or later), be it Linux, Windows or Mac OS. It has been tested on Ubuntu and Windows 7.

Remote Launcher is a nice alternative to more complex remote control solutions such as vnc or ssh when you just need to start specific programs.

Remote Launcher works both with wifi and cellular connections. However, if you use cellular and the pc running Remote Launcher Server is behind a router, you will have to configure port forwarding on your router to forward the port 4444 to your pc. You will also need to configure the Remote Launcher app to use the IP address of the router instead of the pc in this case.

If you run into any issues, please contact the developer as it is not possible to answer to comments in the Market. You can also follow us on twitter:

This is the free version. It is currently limited to having just one single server configured. A paid version without limitations is also available:

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Recently changed in this version

v0.3.9 (2014-09-30)
- Changed underlying build system and structure. No features added or bugs fixed but this transition will ease further development. Any shortcuts/intents created may have to be recreated. Weird bugs may have been introduced because of this...

v0.3.7 (2013-11-18)
- Create home screen shortcuts directly within the app
- New intent handling so intents are handled completely in the background

Comments and ratings for Remote Launcher Free
  • (46 stars)

    by Ties van Dijk on 01/05/2013

    Really nice little app, but I have 2 small issues: 1. The widget icon for WOL is hardly distinguishable from the other widget icon. 2. The only way to change the 'start server on bootup' option is by reinstalling the server. 4 stars :)

  • (46 stars)

    by Radu Vacaru on 28/04/2013

    Works very well! Exactly what I needed. The WOL widget icon needs maybe a redesign as it is barely distinguishable from the other widgets.

  • (46 stars)

    by Mark Cosgrove on 12/04/2013

    Mostly wanted for wol but doesnt work. Doesnt even space the mac address automatically. Piece of rubbish.

  • (46 stars)

    by Red Duster on 13/03/2013

    Tried this out on my Samsung Galaxy Note. As it did not work emailed developer to ask where I was going wrong - didn't even have the courtesy of a reply. It's no wonder people give bad reports on various apps in Play Store when the attitude of developers, like this one, are so cavalier.

  • (46 stars)

    by Roger Oake on 26/02/2013

    Not for newbies

  • (46 stars)

    by Shane Duchock on 14/02/2013

    I had tried a few other "all in one" launchers/remotes but none were reliable. This is the one that does exactly what I want it to do. Setup on one of my machines was tricky (it wouldn't start the server), but the developer took the time to help me with a work around. Very good app with outstanding support. I'll be buying the full version this weekend when I get my tablet.

  • (46 stars)

    by Yann Gosteli on 05/02/2013

    Installation and configuration quite easy. On mac os, use the 'open' function to launch applications (example: open /Applications/ Would be better if we could choose the icon for each widget.

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