CAB file extension - Windows Cabinet Compressed Archive
What is cab file? How to open cab files?
File type specification:
The cab file extension is used for native compressed archive format used in Microsoft Windows. Also known as Cabinet files.
CAB supports compression and digital signing, and is used by a variety of Microsoft installation engines, such as Setup API, Device Installer, AdvPack (for the installation of ActiveX components from Internet Explorer) and Windows Installer.
The CAB file format works with three data compression methods:
- DEFLATE, invented by Phil Katz, the author of the ZIP file format.
- QUANTUM licensed from David Stafford, the author of the Quantum archiver.
- LZX, invented by Jonathan Forbes and Tomi Poutanen, given to Microsoft when Jonathan joined the company.
The cab files are also used in many installers (InstallShield and others), although it is mostly completely different format. Sometimes are used in computer games.
List of software applications associated to the .cab file extension
Recommended software programs are sorted by OS platform (Windows, Mac OS X etc.) and possible program actions
that can be done with the file: like open cab file, edit cab file, convert cab file, view cab file, play cab file etc. (if exist software for corresponding action in File-Extensions.org's database).
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- Open cab file
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