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