Remote Launcher

Remote Launcher

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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 (WOL). 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:

A free version is also available:

The free version is currently limited to having just one single server configured.

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Recently changed in this version

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
- Fixed force close issues

v0.3.6 (2013-09-19)
- Added function for adding, editing and deleting launchers directly within the app (full version only, version 0.2.16 of server required)
- Don't flash the UI when launching from shortcuts or intents (e.g. with Tasker)
- Added retries when launching from shortcuts or intents

Comments and ratings for Remote Launcher
  • (77 stars)

    by Rick Wallace on 13/02/2014

    If you need what it says in the first sentence of the description, stop looking. I scoured the Internet and found nothing but SSH, tears and frustration. This little baby provides everything most HTPC and home automation users would ever need. The setup for the basic but elusive solution (launching a program on a PC) takes just minutes. Using Tasker to start any launcher starting any AHK script on

  • (77 stars)

    by Tom LeJeune on 07/02/2014

  • (77 stars)

    by Ryza Jr on 17/01/2014

    I don't normally like installing a server on my PC to make use of these android apps, but this is one of the few exceptions. This is a very useful lil' app that can launch programs on your computer with just a click from your android device! I use it to launch my media servers for streaming music/video to my device, or to launch my torrent client. Just point the launcher to some command line batc

  • (77 stars)

    by Zi Yan on 31/12/2013

    Easy to use and customizable. Prompt and helpful developer too. Thumbs up

  • (77 stars)

    by joel orosco on 23/05/2013

    The feature that caught my eye is being able to turn on my PC even though the PC is turned off. This will help when I have too remotely log in to my computer but I've forgotten to turn on my pc before I leave my house.

  • (77 stars)

    by Ian Martin on 17/12/2012

    I'm in the process of getting a simple media center set up in my apartment, I have all the required remotes for my applications (VLC, Media Monkey, XBMC), but I always had to launch the applications before being able to use the remote. Having this app is amazing because not only can I launch the applications remotely over my WiFi, I can automate it using Llama in such a way that the applications a

  • (77 stars)

    by Pascal Plamondon on 09/12/2012

    Life saver for our applications... Highly recomend this.