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.CAB File Extension

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File TypeWindows Cabinet File

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CategorySystem Files


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


Archive format native to Microsoft Windows that contains compressed data; supports .ZIP, Quantum, and LZX data compression algorithms; 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.

Program(s) that open .CAB files
Microsoft Windows LogoWindows
Microsoft Windows Installer
Corel WinZip 18.5
Smith Micro StuffIt Deluxe 2010
Microsoft System Configuration Utility
WinRAR 5
WinInizio ZipGenius
Mac OS X LogoMac
Corel WinZip Mac 4
Smith Micro StuffIt Deluxe 16
Incredible Bee Archiver
The Unarchiver
Linux LogoLinux
Updated 7/22/2015