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List of common program executable file extensions

File types that can be executed (launched) to start a program. Always be careful when handling these files as you may accidentaly execute harmful code.

Common program executables may change in time as the popularity and significance of some formats can change.
Whole category of program executables contains now 170 file types. Show all program executable file types.

air file icon air 

An air file extension is associated with Adobe AIR runtime and used for Rich Internet Applications. Several Adobe application can work with air files.

app file icon app 

An app file extension is related to Mac OS X operating system for Apple Mac Pro, MacBook Pro, Mac Mini and MacBook Air computers. An app file contains application package.


An application file extension is an application installer deployed with Microsoft’s ClickOnce technology. ClickOnce is similar technology to the Java Web Start for the Java Platform. ClickOnce applications can be developed in the Microsoft Visual Studio.


Files with appx extension are application installation packages for latest Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 operating system. Used to install new software.

bat file icon bat 

Files with bat extension can be commonly found as so called batch files. These text files are small scripts that contain a sequence of commands for a computer operating system.


Files with bin extension can also be found as various programs executables in Windows and Linux.

com file icon com 

Files with com extension can be generally found as command files. It is a type of program executable file format associated with the MS-DOS operating system.

cpl file icon cpl 

A cpl file extension is related to the Microsoft Windows operating system. A cpl file stores settings of Windows Control Panel applets.

deb file icon deb 

Files with deb extension can be mainly found as Debian distribution packages - compressed archives for Debian Linux operating system. Some archiving utilities, such as 7-zip, are also able to extract the content of DEB packages.

dll file icon dll 

Files with dll suffix can be commonly found as dynamic link libraries for Microsoft Windows system and apps. These files act as modules with additional runtime routines or data.


Files with elf extension can be found as executables in the executable and linkable format. Used on some unix and linux systems.

exe file icon exe 

An exe file extension is traditionally used for main executable files since the times of MS-DOS. It was adopted for executables in Windows as well. Executables are files that launch programs.

jar file icon jar 

A jar file extension is commonly used for Java archives, which often contain applets or applications. Used for java application distribution/installation purposes.

js file icon js 

Files with js extension can b commonly found as JavaScripts. Used to execute scripts on internet pages and such.


An lnk file extension is used for files that represent Windows shortcut to a program installed on computer. Every time you create a shortcut a new lnk file is created that acts as the actual link, that can be further customized with various settings as launch parameters, icon etc. Most lnk files are located on user's desktop.

msi file icon msi 

The msi file extension is commonly used for Microsoft Installation packages used by most Windows based programs. If you open msi file in Windows, the installation procedure will commence.

part1.exe file icon part1.exe 

A part1.exe file extension is related to first part of Split Multi-volume RAR compressed self-extracting file archive.


The prg file extension is default file extension used by operating systems and development environments for program executable files.

rpm file icon rpm 

Files with rpm extension can be typically found as program installation packages for the Linux Package Manager which is used to install new apps in Linux.

shs file icon shs 

An shs file extension is also related to Microsoft Windows Shell Scrap Object file format. An shs scrap file is a special OLE object that can be insert into documents.

vbs file icon vbs 

Files with vbs suffix can be generally found as scripts made using Visual Basic programming language and development environment. Used in many programs.

xap file icon xap 

Files with xap extension are mainly related to Windows Phone apps and Microsoft Silverlight installation resource files. Used for Silverlight apps.

This is a list of some the most common file types from this category and may change in time as the popularity and significance of some formats can change. Whole category of program executables contains now 170 file types. Show all program executable files.

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