The cab file extension is commonly used for compressed archives found in Microsoft Windows operating system.

There is one other file type using
the CAB file extension!

cab file - Installation File For Windows Mobile

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CAB file extension - Windows Cabinet Compressed Archive

What is cab file? How to open cab files?

File type specification:

Archive and compressed file type icon Archive and compressed file type

cab file icon: cab filetype icon

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.

The default software associated to cab file type:

Microsoft Windows icon

Microsoft Corporation logo Microsoft Windows  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
  Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Windows is a family of operating systems developed by the Microsoft Corp.. The first Windows was released in 1985 as a GUI add-on to MS-DOS.  MS-DOS based Windows versions were developed to 2000, when was released the last version called Windows ME. Windows based on NT core started in 1993. Windows NT family are developed to these days, the latest version is called Windows 10.

Help how to open CAB files:

Some modern archiving tools, like WinRAR, are able to open *.cab files.

How to convert file with extension CAB:

CAB archives can be usually repacked to other archives. However doing so may make them unuseable in their original program, specially if they were used for installation purposes.

Find conversions from cab file:

cab to 008

cab to 7-zip

cab to arc

cab to jar

cab to zip

Find converter to cab file type:

deskthemepack to cab

jar to cab

rar to cab

tar to cab

tgz to cab

zip to cab

File identification strings:

HEX code: 4D 53 43 46 00 00 00 00

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's database).

Click on the tab below to simply browse between the application actions, to quickly get a list of recommended software, which is able to perform the specified software action, such as opening, editing or converting of the cab files.

  • Open cab file
  • Extract cab file
  • Recover cab file

Software that open cab file - Windows Cabinet Compressed Archive

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