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