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