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