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.

Extension File Type Popularity
.AHKAutoHotkey Script
.BMSQuickBMS Script
.APKAndroid Package File
.JARJava Archive
.IPAiOS Application
.RUNLinux Executable File
.CMDWindows Command File
.0XEF-Secure Renamed Virus File
.XBEXbox Executable File
.EXEWindows Executable File
.WORKFLOWAutomator Workflow
.BINUnix Executable File
.ELFNintendo Wii Game File
.8CKTI-84 Plus C Silver Edition Application File
.BATDOS Batch File
.SKSkript File
.AIRAdobe AIR Installation Package
.GADGETWindows Gadget
.XAPSilverlight Application Package
.ACAutoconf Script
.WIDGETMicrosoft Windows Mobile Widget
.APPmacOS Application Bundle
.FBAFitbit OS App Package
.PIFProgram Information File
.RBFLEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Robot Brick File
.U3PU3 Smart Application
.COMDOS Command File
.XLMMicrosoft Excel Macro
.TPKTizen Package
.OUTCompiled Executable File
.SHBash Shell Script
.X86Linux Executable File
.GPEGP2X Video Game
.73KTI-73 Application
.SCRScript File
.RXELego Mindstorms NXT Executable Program
.COMMANDTerminal Command File
.PAF.EXEPortableApps.com Program File
.SCBScala Published Script
.EX_Renamed Windows Executable File
.TCPTally Compiled Program File
.CGICommon Gateway Interface Script
.SCARSCAR Script
.XEXXbox 360 Executable File
.APPIMAGELinux Software Package
.PS1Windows PowerShell Cmdlet File
.SCRIPTGeneric Script File
.X86_6464-bit Linux Executable File
.ACTIONAutomator Action
.CELXCelestia Script
.ACCGEM Accessory File
.COFFEECoffeeScript JavaScript File
.EBS2E-Run 2.0 Script File
.HTAHTML Application
.RFURemote Firmware Update
.ISUInstallShield Uninstaller Script
.FXPFoxPro Compiled Program
.VLXCompiled AutoLISP File
.ECFSageCRM Component File
.VPMVox Proxy Macro File
.89KTI-89 Application
.PLSCMessenger Plus! Live Script File
.XBAPXAML Browser Application File
.SCPTAppleScript Script File
.JSXExtendScript Script File
.RPJReal Pac Batch Job File
.WSWindows Script
.CACTIONAutomator Converter Action
.FASCompiled Fast-Load AutoLISP File
.DLDEdLog Compiled Program
.COFMPLAB COFF File
.VBSVBScript File
.M3GMobile 3D Graphics Program
.MLXMATLAB Live Script
.ACRACRobot Script
.PHARPHP Archive
.A6PAuthorware 6 Program
.WSHWindows Script Host Settings
.VXPMobile Application File
.EX4MetaTrader 4 Program File
.MCR3ds Max Macroscript File
.EX_Compressed Executable File
.JSJScript Executable Script
.JSFJava Script Command File
.A7RAuthorware 7 Runtime File
.SHBWindows Document Shortcut
.FPIFPS Creator Intelligence Script
.ESHExtended Shell Batch File
.MCRJitBit Macro Recorder Macro
.SERVERMySQL Server Script
.DEKEavesdropper Batch File
.PEXProBoard Executable File
.BA_Renamed BAT File
.IIMiMacro Macro File
.ZL9ZoneAlarm Quarantined EXE File
.PLXPerl Executable File
.ICDSafeDisc Encrypted Program
.NEXEChrome Native Client Executable
.WCMWordPerfect Macro
.PWCPictureTaker File
.EARJava Enterprise Archive File
.EXE1Renamed EXE File
.MELMaya Embedded Language Script
.MSMaxwell Script
.PYCPython Compiled File
.EPKLG Firmware Package
.MMNeXtMidas Macro File
.SNAPSnap Application Package
.APPLESCRIPTAppleScript File
.PAFPortable Application Installer File
.EXEPortableApps.com Application
.MCRTecplot Macro
.EBMEXTRA! Basic Macro
.ATMXAutomation Anywhere Task
.FRSFlash Renamer Script
.SPRFoxPro Generated Screen File
.EX5MetaTrader 5 Program File
.GM9GodMode9 Script
.OTMOutlook Macro File
.UVMUnitVM Executable File
.HMSHostMonitor Script File
.E_ERenamed EXE File
.ACTCAction(s) Collection File
.RGSRegistry Script
.SHORTCUTApple Shortcuts Shortcut
.PYOPython Optimized Code
.WIDGETYahoo! Widget
.KXKiXtart Tokenized Script File
.CSHC Shell Script
.WIZMicrosoft Wizard File
.MRCmIRC Script File
.EBSE-Run 1.x Script
.CYWRbot.CYW Worm File
.PRGProgram File
.GSGeosoft Script
.OSXPowerPC Executable File
.MRPMythroad Platform File
.XQTSuperCalc Macro File
.FASQuickSilver Fast Save Lisp File
.PRGGEM Application
.AZW2Kindle Active Content App File
.APPSymbian OS Application
.FKYFoxPro Macro
.VBSCRIPTVisual Basic Script
.MXEMacro Express Playable Macro
.SCTWindows Scriptlet
.ACTMAutoCAD Action Macro File
.KIXKiXtart Script File
.APPFoxPro Generated Application
.ROXActuate Report Object Executable File
.CELCelestia Script File
.SEEDLinux Preseed File
.ARSCRIPTArtRage Script
.VEXEVirus Executable File
.TMSTelemate Script
.NNeko Bytecode File
.VBEVBScript Encoded Script File
.TIAPPTiTanium App
.EZSEZ-R Stats Batch Script
.THMThermwood Macro File
.BEAMCompiled Erlang File
.UDFMicrosoft Excel User-defined Function
.JSEJScript Encoded File
.DMCMedical Manager Script
.WPKWordPerfect Macro
.CHEATNavi Cheatsheet
.S2ASEAL2 Application
.HPFHP9100A Program File
.PRGCommander X16 Program
.RFSReflection FTP Client Script
.IPKwebOS TV Application
.MS3ds Max Script File
.LSLightWave LScript File
.WPMWordPerfect Macro File
.ITAVTech InnoTab Application File
.PRCPalm Resource Code File
.SCAScala Script File
.MHMMicrosoft Hardware Macro
.SCPTDAppleScript Script Bundle
.XYSXYplorer Script File
.MSLMagick Scripting Language File
.WSFWindows Script File
.QITQIT Trojan Horse File
.LOInterleaf Compiled Lisp File
.ESSageCRM Script File
.RBXRembo-C Compiled Script
.DSTWAIN Data Source
.EHAMExtraHAM Executable File
.MEMMacro Editor Macro
.EBACMDEBA Command Center Data File
.MAMMicrosoft Access Macro
.NCLNirCmd Script File
.MACApplication Macro File
.UPXUltimate Packer for eXecutables File
.DXLRational DOORS Script
.KSHUnix Korn Shell Script
.HAMHAM Executable File
.BTM4DOS Batch File
.MIOMioEngine Application File
.IPFSMS Installer Script
.VDOHeathen Virus File
.GPUGP2X Utility Program
.YGHYGH Trojan Executable
.PVDInstalit Script
.EXOPCExoPC Application
.SBSSPSS Script
.CFSCFS Console Program
.ASBAlphacam Stone VB Macro File
.MAMCMurgee Auto Mouse Click Script
.AFMACROAffinity Photo Macro File
.AFMACROSAffinity Photo Macros File
.SAPKSICK AppPool Application
.73PTI-73 Program
.89ZTI-89 Program
.STS#TASK Script File
.QPXFoxPro Compiled Query Program
.OREOre Executable File
.EZTEZT Malicious Worm File
.SMMAmi Pro Macro