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File Type 1Windows Executable File

DeveloperMicrosoft
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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.

What is an EXE file?

An EXE file is an executable program file created for Windows, DOS, or ReactOS operating systems. EXE files run when opened and should execute when double-clicked. It can also be a self-extracting archive that extracts files to a specified location.

More Information

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.

EXE files will not run in OS X without the use of emulation software, such as Parallels Desktop. Darwine and Crossover translation software can also open some Windows programs in OS X. Programs written for Microsoft's .NET framework can also be run on Mac OS X and Linux systems using Xamarin's Mono framework.

NOTE: You can examine the contents of an EXE file manually using 7-Zip.

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.

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 7/20/2016

File Type 2PortableApps.com Application

DeveloperRare Ideas
Popularity
3.6 (128 Votes) Thanks for voting!
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.

Definition

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.

More Information

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

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