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.EXE File Extension

File Type 1Windows Executable File

DeveloperMicrosoft
Popularity
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CategoryExecutable Files
FormatBinary

Binary

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

What is a EXE file?

An EXE file is an executable file created for the Windows operating system to install or run a software program. It contains binary machine code compiled from source code that is directly executable by the CPU and may also include resources that make up the program's GUI such as icons and graphics. EXE files can be opened and run by double-clicking them.

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To most Windows users EXE files are synonymous with Windows programs, making the ".exe" one of the most recognizable file extensions. You will most likely only see the EXE file in Windows, since .APP and .DMG files are primarily used for opening and installing applications in OS X. However, if you are emulating Windows in OS X using Parallels Desktop or VMware Fusion you can open EXE files. Darwine and Crossover translation software can also open some Windows programs in OS X. For Linux users, EXE programs written for Microsoft's .NET framework can be run on their systems using Xamarin's Mono framework.

The files Setup.exe and Install.exe are common installer files included with Windows and DOS software. Double-clicking these files should begin the installation process.

Common EXE Filenames

Setup.exe - A very common name for software program installers. When opened, it starts the installation process.

Install.exe - Another popular name for software installers.

cmd.exe - The shell program used by Windows 2000 and later, replacing the COMMAND.COM shell.

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Programs that open EXE files
Windows
Microsoft Windows
7-Zip
WinRAR 5
Mac
Parallels Desktop for Mac with Microsoft Windows installed
VMware Fusion with Microsoft Windows installed
Oracle VM VirtualBox with Microsoft Windows installed
CodeWeavers CrossOver
Kronenberg WineBottler
Xamarin Mono
Linux
CodeWeavers CrossOver
Oracle VM VirtualBox with Microsoft Windows installed
Wine
Xamarin Mono
Updated 9/6/2016

File Type 2PortableApps.com Application

DeveloperRare Ideas
Popularity
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Rare Uncommon Average Common Very Common
CategoryExecutable Files
FormatBinary

Binary

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

.EXE File Association 2

Computer program that can run from a portable device such as a USB flash drive, iPod, or portable hard drive; contains user settings on the portable device, allowing the program to run the same on multiple computers.

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Portable apps use the compound file extension .PAF.EXE.

Programs that open EXE files
Windows
Rare Ideas PortableApps.com Platform
Updated 6/17/2008

.EXE Extension Information

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