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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
.BATDOS Batch File
.CGICommon Gateway Interface Script
.EXEWindows Executable File
.JARJava Archive File
.COMDOS Command File
.APPMac OS X Application
.WSFWindows Script File
.GADGETWindows Gadget
.APKAndroid Package File
.VBSVBScript File
.CMDWindows Command File
.PRGProgram File
.WSWindows Script
.MS3ds Max Script File
.MELMaya Embedded Language File
.EXEPortableApps.com Application
.IPAiOS Application
.XAPSilverlight Application Package
.AHKAutoHotkey Script
.WIZMicrosoft Wizard File
.PAF.EXEPortableApps.com Program File
.PS1Windows PowerShell Cmdlet File
.XBAPXAML Browser Application File
.CELXCelestia Script
.CELCelestia Script File
.EARJava Enterprise Archive File
.EX5MetaTrader 5 Program File
.WPMWordPerfect Macro File
.IPFSMS Installer Script
.WORKFLOWAutomator Workflow
.SCRScript File
.HTAHTML Application
.XLMExcel Macro
.CSHC Shell Script
.FXPFoxPro Compiled Program
.JSEJScript Encoded File
.VBEVBScript Encoded Script File
.WSHWindows Script Host Settings
.ROXActuate Report Object Executable File
.RGSRegistry Script
.VBSCRIPTVisual Basic Script
.PYCPython Compiled File
.PYOPython Optimized Code
.FKYFoxPro Macro
.APPFoxPro Generated Application
.MPXFoxPro Compiled Menu Program
.APPSymbian OS Application
.JSJScript Executable Script
.PWCPictureTaker File
.XQTSuperCalc Macro File
.A6PAuthorware 6 Program
.VDOHeathen Virus File
.WCMWordPerfect Macro
.ACAutoconf Script
.EBMEXTRA! Basic Macro
.ACRACRobot Script
.SCPTAppleScript Script File
.APPLESCRIPTAppleScript File
.U3PU3 Smart Application
.PEXProBoard Executable File
.SCARSCAR Script
.ISUInstallShield Uninstaller Script
.PRCPalm Resource Code File
.SEEDLinux Preseed File
.GPEGP2X Video Game
.GPUGP2X Utility Program
.PLSCMessenger Plus! Live Script File
.BINUnix Executable File
.FRSFlash Renamer Script
.JSXExtendScript Script File
.AIRAdobe AIR Installation Package
.KIXKiXtart Script File
.ACTIONAutomator Action
.ICDSafeDisc Encrypted Program
.SCRIPTGeneric Script File
.MCR3ds Max Macroscript File
.DLDEdLog Compiled Program
.ELFNintendo Wii Game File
.HMSHostMonitor Script File
.MXEMacro Express Playable Macro
.MRCmIRC Script File
.IIMiMacro Macro File
.ECFSageCRM Component File
.SCAScala Script File
.FASCompiled Fast-Load AutoLISP File
.VLXCompiled AutoLISP File
.RXELego Mindstorms NXT Executable Program
.XYSXYplorer Script File
.PLXPerl Executable File
.FPIFPS Creator Intelligence Script
.EX4MetaTrader 4 Program File
.QITQIT Trojan Horse File
.0XEF-Secure Renamed Virus File
.MIOMioEngine Application File
.OTMOutlook Macro File
.WIDGETMicrosoft Windows Mobile Widget
.EX_Compressed Executable File
.RUNLinux Executable File
.BINGeneric Binary Executable File
.PHARPHP Archive
.COFMPLAB COFF File
.OUTCompiled Executable File
.SBSSPSS Script
.LSLightWave LScript File
.EBS2E-Run 2.0 Script File
.COMMANDTerminal Command File
.MSMaxwell Script
.BEAMCompiled Erlang File
.73KTI-73 Application
.89KTI-89 Application
.BTM4DOS Batch File
.NEXEChrome Native Client Executable
.AZW2Kindle Active Content App File
.MSLMagick Scripting Language File
.SCPTDAppleScript Script Bundle
.RFURemote Firmware Update
.X86Linux Executable File
.MRPMobile Application File
.A7RAuthorware 7 Runtime File
.MMNeXtMidas Macro File
.ACTCAction(s) Collection File
.MAMMicrosoft Access Macro
.KSHUnix Korn Shell Script
.PIFProgram Information File
.SHBWindows Document Shortcut
.WIDGETYahoo! Widget
.QPXFoxPro Compiled Query Program
.SCTWindows Scriptlet
.RPJReal Pac Batch Job File
.M3GMobile 3D Graphics Program
.PAFPortable Application Installer File
.SPRFoxPro Generated Screen File
.RBXRembo-C Compiled Script
.THMThermwood Macro File
.ESSageCRM Script File
.SCBScala Published Script
.FASQuickSilver Fast Save Lisp File
.EZTEZT Malicious Worm File
.VPMVox Proxy Macro File
.UPXUltimate Packer for eXecutables File
.ZL9ZoneAlarm Quarantined EXE File
.EXOPCExoPC Application
.VEXEVirus Executable File
.TCPTally Compiled Program File
.EX_Renamed Windows Executable File
.ACTMAutoCAD Action Macro File
.ASBAlphacam Stone VB Macro File
.GSGeosoft Script
.DXLRational DOORS Script
.MCRTecplot Macro
.EBSE-Run 1.x Script
.ARSCRIPTArtRage Script
.E_ERenamed EXE File
.ITAVTech InnoTab Application File
.NNeko Bytecode File
.COFFEECoffeeScript JavaScript File
.VXPMobile Application File
.8CKTI-83 and TI-84 Plus Application File
.KXKiXtart Tokenized Script File
.EPKLG Firmware Package
.MLXMATLAB Live Script
.ESHExtended Shell Batch File
.DEKEavesdropper Batch File
.SMMAmi Pro Macro
.WPKWordPerfect Macro
.MEMMacro Editor Macro
.TMSTelemate Script
.EZSEZ-R Stats Batch Script
.DSTWAIN Data Source
.PVDInstalit Script
.UDFExcel User Defined Function
.CYWRbot.CYW Worm File
.HPFHP9100A Program File
.DMCMedical Manager Script
.OSXPowerPC Executable File
.LOInterleaf Compiled Lisp File
.HAMHAM Executable File
.PRGGEM Application
.BA_Renamed BAT File
.EHAMExtraHAM Executable File
.OREOre Executable File
.S2ASEAL2 Application
.EXE1Renamed EXE File
.ACCGEM Accessory File
.CACTIONAutomator Converter Action