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