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.CAB File Extension

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File TypeWindows Cabinet File

DeveloperMicrosoft
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CategorySystem Files
FormatBinary

Binary

This file is saved in a binary format, which requires a specific program to read its contents.

What is a CAB file?

A CAB file is a Windows Cabinet file saved in an archive format native to Microsoft Windows that supports .ZIP, Quantum, and LZX data compression algorithms. CAB files contain compressed data and is used for Windows software installations such as system files, network components, and device drivers.

More Information

The Microsoft installers Setup API, Device Installer, and AdvPack often install data from CAB files.

To run the Microsoft System Configuration Utility (msconfig.exe), a program that reads CAB files, select "Run" from the Windows Start menu, type "msconfig," and press Enter.

Programs that open CAB files
Windows
File Viewer Plus
Microsoft Windows Installer
Corel WinZip 20
Smith Micro StuffIt Deluxe for Windows
Microsoft System Configuration Utility
WinRAR 5
7-Zip
WinInizio ZipGenius
IZArc
Mac
Corel WinZip Mac 4
Smith Micro StuffIt Deluxe 16
Incredible Bee Archiver
The Unarchiver
Linux
cabextract
Updated 8/24/2016

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