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.SFX File Extension

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File TypeWindows Self-Extracting Archive

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CategoryCompressed Files


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


Compressed archive containing one or more files; may use one of several different types of compression, such as .7Z, .ZIP, or .RAR compression; runs itself when opened and decompresses and extracts the contents; allows users to open the archive without needing a file decompression program.

More Information

SFX files can be created by several different programs, including RARLAB WinRAR, Corel WinZip, 7-Zip, ESTSoft ALZip, and Smart SFX Pro. SFX files created with 7-Zip may be extracted with PeaZip.

NOTE: Self-extracting archives commonly use the .EXE extension and not the ".sfx" extension.

Programs that open SFX files
Microsoft Windows LogoWindows
Microsoft Windows
WinRAR 5
Corel WinZip 20
Mac OS X LogoMac
Incredible Bee Archiver
Updated 5/16/2014