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Executable Files

Executable files contain code that is run when the file is opened. Windows programs, Mac OS X applications, scripts, and macros are all considered executable files. Since these file types run code when opened, unknown executable files, such as those received as e-mail attachements, should not be opened.

Common executable file extensions include .EXE, .APP, .VB, and .SCR.

File Extension File Type Popularity
.BATDOS Batch File
.APKAndroid Package File
.WSFWindows Script File
.APPMac OS X Application
.COMDOS Command File
.GADGETWindows Gadget
.CGICommon Gateway Interface Script
.JARJava Archive File
.EXEWindows Executable File
.PRGProgram File
.AHKAutoHotkey Script
.WSWindows Script
.CELCelestia Script File
.CELXCelestia Script
.EXEPortableApps.com Application
.XAPSilverlight Application Package
.EX5MetaTrader 5 Program File
.XBAPXAML Browser Application File
.PAF.EXEPortableApps.com Program File
.PS1Windows PowerShell Cmdlet File
.EARJava Enterprise Archive File
.IPAiOS Application
.MELMaya Embedded Language File
.MS3ds Max Script File
.WIZMicrosoft Wizard File
.VBSVBScript File
.CMDWindows Command File
.SCAScala Script File
.FASCompiled Fast-Load AutoLISP File
.VLXCompiled AutoLISP File
.ELFNintendo Wii Game File
.JSXExtendScript Script File
.PLXPerl Executable File
.RXELego Mindstorms NXT Executable Program
.MRCmIRC Script File
.XYSXYplorer Script File
.ECFSageCRM Component File
.AIRAdobe AIR Installation Package
.DLDEdLog Compiled Program
.SCRIPTGeneric Script File
.HMSHostMonitor Script File
.ICDSafeDisc Encrypted Program
.MCR3ds Max Macroscript File
.MXEMacro Express Playable Macro
.ACTIONAutomator Action
.IIMiMacro Macro File
.KIXKiXtart Script File
.FPIFPS Creator Intelligence Script
.SEEDLinux Preseed File
.MSMaxwell Script
.BEAMCompiled Erlang File
.73KTI-73 Application
.89KTI-89 Application
.BTM4DOS Batch File
.NEXEChrome Native Client Executable
.AZW2Kindle Active Content App File
.MSLMagick Scripting Language File
.SCPTDAppleScript Script Bundle
.RFURemote Firmware Update
.X86Linux Executable File
.MRPMobile Application File
.A7RAuthorware 7 Runtime File
.COMMANDTerminal Command File
.EBS2E-Run 2.0 Script File
.EX4MetaTrader 4 Program File
.QITQIT Trojan Horse File
.0XEF-Secure Renamed Virus File
.MIOMioEngine Application File
.OTMOutlook Macro File
.WIDGETMicrosoft Windows Mobile Widget
.EX_Compressed Executable File
.RUNLinux Executable File
.PHARPHP Archive
.OUTCompiled Executable File
.LSLightWave LScript File
.MMNeXtMidas Macro File
.VBSCRIPTVisual Basic Script
.FXPFoxPro Compiled Program
.CSHC Shell Script
.APPSymbian OS Application
.JSJScript Executable Script
.PWCPictureTaker File
.XQTSuperCalc Macro File
.A6PAuthorware 6 Program
.XLMExcel Macro
.VDOHeathen Virus File
.JSEJScript Encoded File
.MPXFoxPro Compiled Menu Program
.RGSRegistry Script
.ROXActuate Report Object Executable File
.WSHWindows Script Host Settings
.PYCPython Compiled File
.PYOPython Optimized Code
.VBEVBScript Encoded Script File
.FKYFoxPro Macro
.APPFoxPro Generated Application
.BINGeneric Binary Executable File
.WCMWordPerfect Macro
.HTAHTML Application
.FRSFlash Renamer Script
.SCPTAppleScript Script File
.APPLESCRIPTAppleScript File
.U3PU3 Smart Application
.PEXProBoard Executable File
.GPEGP2X Video Game
.WPMWordPerfect Macro File
.ISUInstallShield Uninstaller Script
.PRCPalm Resource Code File
.ACRACRobot Script
.IPFSMS Installer Script
.EBMEXTRA! Basic Macro
.GPUGP2X Utility Program
.WORKFLOWAutomator Workflow
.ACAutoconf Script
.SCRScript File
.PLSCMessenger Plus! Live Script File
.BINUnix Executable File
.WIDGETYahoo! Widget
.KXKiXtart Tokenized Script File
.MCRTecplot Macro
.DXLRational DOORS Script
.8CKTI-83 and TI-84 Plus Application File
.EBSE-Run 1.x Script
.SHBWindows Document Shortcut
.NNeko Bytecode File
.E_ERenamed EXE File
.ITAVTech InnoTab Application File
.VXPMobile Application File
.MAMMicrosoft Access Macro
.PIFProgram Information File
.KSHUnix Korn Shell Script
.ARSCRIPTArtRage Script
.COFFEECoffeeScript JavaScript File
.GSGeosoft Script
.ZL9ZoneAlarm Quarantined EXE File
.UPXUltimate Packer for eXecutables File
.ESSageCRM Script File
.VPMVox Proxy Macro File
.QPXFoxPro Compiled Query Program
.SCBScala Published Script
.EZTEZT Malicious Worm File
.SCTWindows Scriptlet
.THMThermwood Macro File
.RPJReal Pac Batch Job File
.FASQuickSilver Fast Save Lisp File
.EXOPCExoPC Application
.PAFPortable Application Installer File
.SPRFoxPro Generated Screen File
.ASBAlphacam Stone VB Macro File
.ACTMAutoCAD Action Macro File
.M3GMobile 3D Graphics Program
.EX_Renamed Windows Executable File
.TCPTally Compiled Program File
.VEXEVirus Executable File
.RBXRembo-C Compiled Script
.DMCMedical Manager Script
.UDFExcel User Defined Function
.DEKEavesdropper Batch File
.HPFHP9100A Program File
.ESHExtended Shell Batch File
.CACTIONAutomator Converter Action
.CYWRbot.CYW Worm File
.ACCGEM Accessory File
.SMMAmi Pro Macro
.HAMHAM Executable File
.TMSTelemate Script
.DSTWAIN Data Source
.MEMMacro Editor Macro
.WPKWordPerfect Macro
.PVDInstalit Script
.PRGGEM Application
.BA_Renamed BAT File
.EHAMExtraHAM Executable File
.LOInterleaf Compiled Lisp File
.OREOre Executable File
.S2ASEAL2 Application
.EXE1Renamed EXE File
.OSXPowerPC Executable File
.EZSEZ-R Stats Batch Script