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
.CMDWindows Command File
.XBEXbox Executable File
.0XEF-Secure Renamed Virus File
.BMSQuickBMS Script
.WORKFLOWAutomator Workflow
.BINUnix Executable File
.EXEWindows Executable File
.8CKTI-84 Plus C Silver Edition Application File
.BATDOS Batch File
.ELFNintendo Wii Game File
.SKSkript File
.GADGETWindows Gadget
.AIRAdobe AIR Installation Package
.XAPSilverlight Application Package
.APPmacOS Application Bundle
.ACAutoconf Script
.FBAFitbit OS App Package
.WIDGETMicrosoft Windows Mobile Widget
.MCRJitBit Macro Recorder Macro
.X86Linux Executable File
.U3PU3 Smart Application
.MPKMakino Package
.PIFProgram Information File
.COMDOS Command File
.XLMMicrosoft Excel Macro
.APPIMAGELinux Software Package
.SHBash Shell Script
.TPKTizen Package
.VLXCompiled AutoLISP File
.73KTI-73 Application
.EX_Renamed Windows Executable File
.SCRScript File
.SCRIPTGeneric Script File
.X86_6464-bit Linux Executable File
.OUTCompiled Executable File
.RXELego Mindstorms NXT Executable Program
.COMMANDTerminal Command File
.SCBScala Published Script
.COFFEECoffeeScript JavaScript File
.PS1Windows PowerShell Cmdlet File
.PAF.EXEPortableApps.com Program File
.XEXXbox 360 Executable File
.HTAHTML Application
.ISUInstallShield Uninstaller Script
.TCPTally Compiled Program File
.ACTIONAutomator Action
.WSWindows Script
.EBS2E-Run 2.0 Script File
.CELXCelestia Script
.ACCGEM Accessory File
.EX5MetaTrader 5 Program File
.CGICommon Gateway Interface Script
.RFURemote Firmware Update
.ECFSageCRM Component File
.FXPFoxPro Compiled Program
.VPMVox Proxy Macro File
.PHARPHP Archive
.PLSCMessenger Plus! Live Script File
.89KTI-89 Application
.XBAPXAML Browser Application File
.AZW2Kindle Active Content App File
.RPJReal Pac Batch Job File
.SCPTAppleScript Script File
.FASCompiled Fast-Load AutoLISP File
.E_ERenamed EXE File
.MLXMATLAB Live Script
.DLDEdLog Compiled Program
.EX4MetaTrader 4 Program File
.JSJScript Executable Script
.CACTIONAutomator Converter Action
.A6PAuthorware 6 Program
.WSHWindows Script Host Settings
.VXPMobile Application File
.VBSVBScript File
.IIMiMacro Macro File
.MCR3ds Max Macroscript File
.EX_Compressed Executable File
.GPEGP2X Video Game
.ESHExtended Shell Batch File
.PEXProBoard Executable File
.A7RAuthorware 7 Runtime File
.SERVERMySQL Server Script
.DEKEavesdropper Batch File
.SHBWindows Document Shortcut
.FPIFPS Creator Intelligence Script
.CHEATNavi Cheatsheet
.BA_Renamed BAT File
.JSFJava Script Command File
.JSXExtendScript Script File
.ACRACRobot Script
.PLXPerl Executable File
.ICDSafeDisc Encrypted Program
.EXE1Renamed EXE File
.WCMWordPerfect Macro
.PWCPictureTaker File
.NEXEChrome Native Client Executable
.EARJava Enterprise Archive File
.PYCPython Compiled File
.MELMaya Embedded Language Script
.VEXEVirus Executable File
.ZL9ZoneAlarm Quarantined EXE File
.MMNeXtMidas Macro File
.SNAPSnap Application Package
.PYOPython Optimized Code
.PAFPortable Application Installer File
.MSMaxwell Script
.EBMEXTRA! Basic Macro
.MCRTecplot Macro
.EXEPortableApps.com Application
.ATMXAutomation Anywhere Task
.RGSRegistry Script
.GM9GodMode9 Script
.HMSHostMonitor Script File
.ACTCAction(s) Collection File
.UVMUnitVM Executable File
.SHORTCUTApple Shortcuts Shortcut
.FRSFlash Renamer Script
.OTMOutlook Macro File
.NNeko Bytecode File
.WIDGETYahoo! Widget
.CSHC Shell Script
.WIZMicrosoft Wizard File
.MRCmIRC Script File
.APPLESCRIPTAppleScript File
.SCTWindows Scriptlet
.SPRFoxPro Generated Screen File
.CYWRbot.CYW Worm File
.EBSE-Run 1.x Script
.EPKLG Firmware Package
.GSGeosoft Script
.PRGProgram File
.OSXPowerPC Executable File
.MRPMythroad Platform File
.APPSymbian OS Application
.YGHYGH Trojan Executable
.FASQuickSilver Fast Save Lisp File
.XQTSuperCalc Macro File
.PRGGEM Application
.FKYFoxPro Macro
.KXKiXtart Tokenized Script File
.VBSCRIPTVisual Basic Script
.MXEMacro Express Playable Macro
.ACTMAutoCAD Action Macro File
.APPFoxPro Generated Application
.KIXKiXtart Script File
.SEEDLinux Preseed File
.ROXActuate Report Object Executable File
.CELCelestia Script File
.TMSTelemate Script
.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
.PRGCommander X16 Program
.RFSReflection FTP Client Script
.DMCMedical Manager Script
.S2ASEAL2 Application
.WPKWordPerfect Macro
.HPFHP9100A Program File
.EXZZipped Executable File
.IPKwebOS TV Application
.PRCPalm Resource Code File
.MHMMicrosoft Hardware Macro
.SCPTDAppleScript Script Bundle
.MSLMagick Scripting Language File
.LSLightWave LScript File
.SCAScala Script File
.XYSXYplorer Script File
.WPMWordPerfect Macro File
.MS3ds Max Script File
.ITAVTech InnoTab Application File
.WSFWindows Script File
.QITQIT Trojan Horse File
.LOInterleaf Compiled Lisp File
.ESSageCRM Script File
.ARSCRIPTArtRage Script
.RBXRembo-C Compiled Script
.DSTWAIN Data Source
.EHAMExtraHAM Executable File
.MEMMacro Editor Macro
.EBACMDEBA Command Center Data File
.MAMMicrosoft Access Macro
.NCLNirCmd Script File
.DXLRational DOORS Script
.KSHUnix Korn Shell Script
.UPXUltimate Packer for eXecutables File
.BTM4DOS Batch File
.HAMHAM Executable File
.MIOMioEngine Application File
.IPFSMS Installer Script
.VDOHeathen Virus File
.PVDInstalit Script
.GPUGP2X Utility Program
.EXOPCExoPC Application
.MACApplication Macro File
.STS#TASK Script File
.ASBAlphacam Stone VB Macro File
.CFSCFS Console Program
.PXOLG Mobile Phone Executable File
.SAPKSICK AppPool Application
.MAMCMurgee Auto Mouse Click Script
.QPXFoxPro Compiled Query Program
.UW8MicroW8 Cartridge File
.AFMACROAffinity Photo Macro File
.AFMACROSAffinity Photo Macros File
.89ZTI-89 Program
.OREOre Executable File
.EZTEZT Malicious Worm File
.73PTI-73 Program
.SMMAmi Pro Macro