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
.XBEXbox Executable File
.RUNLinux Executable File
.CMDWindows Command File
.JARJava Archive File
.IPAiOS Application
.SKSkript File
.EXEWindows Executable File
.0XEF-Secure Renamed Virus File
.BINUnix Executable File
.WORKFLOWAutomator Workflow
.8CKTI-84 Plus C Silver Edition Application File
.BINGeneric Binary Executable File
.ELFNintendo Wii Game File
.XAPSilverlight Application Package
.AIRAdobe AIR Installation Package
.BATDOS Batch File
.SCRScript File
.ACAutoconf Script
.APPmacOS Application
.GADGETWindows Gadget
.U3PU3 Smart Application
.COMDOS Command File
.OUTCompiled Executable File
.WIDGETMicrosoft Windows Mobile Widget
.XLMMicrosoft Excel Macro
.PIFProgram Information File
.SCRIPTGeneric Script File
.GPEGP2X Video Game
.73KTI-73 Application
.CGICommon Gateway Interface Script
.RXELego Mindstorms NXT Executable Program
.SCBScala Published Script
.SCARSCAR Script
.COMMANDTerminal Command File
.PAF.EXEPortableApps.com Program File
.XEXXbox 360 Executable File
.EX_Renamed Windows Executable File
.TCPTally Compiled Program File
.COFFEECoffeeScript JavaScript File
.CELXCelestia Script
.EPKLG Firmware Package
.ACCGEM Accessory File
.EBS2E-Run 2.0 Script File
.NEXEChrome Native Client Executable
.APPIMAGELinux Software Package
.ISUInstallShield Uninstaller Script
.RFURemote Firmware Update
.FXPFoxPro Compiled Program
.ACTIONAutomator Action
.ECFSageCRM Component File
.89KTI-89 Application
.HTAHTML Application
.VXPMobile Application File
.PLSCMessenger Plus! Live Script File
.XBAPXAML Browser Application File
.RBFLEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Robot Brick File
.EX4MetaTrader 4 Program File
.FASCompiled Fast-Load AutoLISP File
.ACTCAction(s) Collection File
.ICDSafeDisc Encrypted Program
.DLDEdLog Compiled Program
.COFMPLAB COFF File
.WSWindows Script
.JSJScript Executable Script
.EARJava Enterprise Archive File
.PS1Windows PowerShell Cmdlet File
.VPMVox Proxy Macro File
.M3GMobile 3D Graphics Program
.PHARPHP Archive
.X86_6464-bit Linux Executable File
.MLXMATLAB Live Script
.ACRACRobot Script
.JSXExtendScript Script File
.A6PAuthorware 6 Program
.WSHWindows Script Host Settings
.APPLESCRIPTAppleScript File
.ZL9ZoneAlarm Quarantined EXE File
.VBSVBScript File
.EX_Compressed Executable File
.MCR3ds Max Macroscript File
.A7RAuthorware 7 Runtime File
.RPJReal Pac Batch Job File
.X86Linux Executable File
.DEKEavesdropper Batch File
.BA_Renamed BAT File
.CACTIONAutomator Converter Action
.PEXProBoard Executable File
.SERVERMySQL Server Script
.PYCPython Compiled File
.IIMiMacro Macro File
.JSFJava Script Command File
.PLXPerl Executable File
.VLXCompiled AutoLISP File
.PWCPictureTaker File
.WCMWordPerfect Macro
.EXE1Renamed EXE File
.MELMaya Embedded Language Script
.MSMaxwell Script
.MMNeXtMidas Macro File
.EXEPortableApps.com Application
.SNAPSnap Application Package
.EX5MetaTrader 5 Program File
.PAFPortable Application Installer File
.EBMEXTRA! Basic Macro
.MCRTecplot Macro
.PRGProgram File
.UVMUnitVM Executable File
.SHBWindows Document Shortcut
.BMSQuickBMS Script
.RGSRegistry Script
.VBSCRIPTVisual Basic Script
.OTMOutlook Macro File
.SCPTAppleScript Script File
.E_ERenamed EXE File
.HMSHostMonitor Script File
.FRSFlash Renamer Script
.SPRFoxPro Generated Screen File
.MRCmIRC Script File
.WIDGETYahoo! Widget
.WIZMicrosoft Wizard File
.CSHC Shell Script
.CYWRbot.CYW Worm File
.FPIFPS Creator Intelligence Script
.EBSE-Run 1.x Script
.MXEMacro Express Playable Macro
.MRPMythroad Platform File
.GSGeosoft Script
.OSXPowerPC Executable File
.PYOPython Optimized Code
.XQTSuperCalc Macro File
.SCTWindows Scriptlet
.FKYFoxPro Macro
.AZW2Kindle Active Content App File
.FASQuickSilver Fast Save Lisp File
.PRGGEM Application
.KIXKiXtart Script File
.ACTMAutoCAD Action Macro File
.APPSymbian OS Application
.APPFoxPro Generated Application
.ESSageCRM Script File
.ROXActuate Report Object Executable File
.CELCelestia Script File
.SEEDLinux Preseed File
.TMSTelemate Script
.VEXEVirus Executable File
.ARSCRIPTArtRage Script
.NNeko Bytecode File
.VBEVBScript Encoded Script File
.TIAPPTiTanium App
.EZSEZ-R Stats Batch Script
.THMThermwood Macro File
.BEAMCompiled Erlang File
.UDFMicrosoft Excel User-defined Function
.WSFWindows Script File
.MACApplication Macro File
.WPKWordPerfect Macro
.DMCMedical Manager Script
.S2ASEAL2 Application
.RFSReflection FTP Client Script
.CHEATNavi Cheatsheet
.ESHExtended Shell Batch File
.LSLightWave LScript File
.KXKiXtart Tokenized Script File
.MHMMicrosoft Hardware Macro
.MS3ds Max Script File
.WPMWordPerfect Macro File
.PRCPalm Resource Code File
.SCAScala Script File
.XYSXYplorer Script File
.SCPTDAppleScript Script Bundle
.SHORTCUTApple Shortcuts Shortcut
.MSLMagick Scripting Language File
.JSEJScript Encoded File
.QITQIT Trojan Horse File
.LOInterleaf Compiled Lisp File
.RBXRembo-C Compiled Script
.DSTWAIN Data Source
.MEMMacro Editor Macro
.EBACMDEBA Command Center Data File
.UPXUltimate Packer for eXecutables File
.DXLRational DOORS Script
.MAMMicrosoft Access Macro
.KSHUnix Korn Shell Script
.BTM4DOS Batch File
.EXOPCExoPC Application
.EHAMExtraHAM Executable File
.YGHYGH Trojan Executable
.GPUGP2X Utility Program
.IPFSMS Installer Script
.ASBAlphacam Stone VB Macro File
.VDOHeathen Virus File
.MIOMioEngine Application File
.SAPKSICK AppPool Application
.SBSSPSS Script
.HPFHP9100A Program File
.ITAVTech InnoTab Application File
.HAMHAM Executable File
.STS#TASK Script File
.PRGCommander X16 Program
.GM9GodMode9 Script
.QPXFoxPro Compiled Query Program
.EZTEZT Malicious Worm File
.OREOre Executable File
.SMMAmi Pro Macro
.NCLNirCmd Script File
.PVDInstalit Script