Best Free Software Cataloging Utility


If you like testing out different programs on your PC, you'll probably find a software cataloging program useful. These products not only inventory what you currently have installed but also document the different programs you've tried in the past or have moved to CD storage.

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There aren't very many programs specific to cataloging software. The best known is SoftCAT Free from

They once again have a freeware version, which is available from the download link below. This version doesn't have as many features as the commercial version, but it will still meet the needs of most users.

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SoftCAT Free

Gizmo's Freeware award as the best product in its class!

Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Organize software inventory easily, keep track of serial number, registration name and other info, more than 30 data fields, password protected database.
Advanced features such as auto catalog, form designer, report designer and export are not available in the free version.
12.3 MB
Feature limited freeware
There is no portable version of this product available.
Windows 7/Vista/ XP

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Since this sounded like what I was seeking, I followed the link you provided to download and install SoftCAT Free. Much to my surprise, the company that produced it has gone out of business and the software is no longer available for download.

There is still a working download link on the page that opens or you can use a trusted third party source such as Softpedia. MC - Site manager.

Following some of the recommendations here I just tried Data Crow. It is extremely unintuitive and I gave up after wasting a lot of time. First I selected the Software module and scanned a folder, but it has no concept of file type so it just added everything in the folder including html files, urls, etc. I tried to work out how to filter these and gave up. Once I worked out how to remove everything I tried to start again and could not find any way to add just exe, msi and zip files. The more I read, the more it seems that each time you delete or add a file you have to work out how to manually update Data Crow to reflect the change. I read the help and went onto their website before giving up. When I said extremely unintuitive I meant EXTREMELY unintuitive! I'll give SoftCAT a go next, but have wasted too much time to try it now.

Softcat Free version is what I have used for years. Yes you have to manually enter the data. It does as nice a job as is possible given it's antiquity (it's oldness). I am using version 1.23 which is no longer available on the website as the newer version got too fancy for me.

That visual CD program looks good. Have to give Datacrow a try too.