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