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