Files with cab file extension could also be found as special installation packages in Windows CE devices. Similar to classic CAB format, but different.

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

empty icon.cab - Windows Cabinet Compressed Archive [common]

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Software that open cab file

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CAB file extension - Installation File For Windows Mobile

What is cab file? How to open cab files?

The cab file format was also used as a standard installation mechanism in Windows CE powered devices, but it differs from the standard Windows archive.

The CAB file format is similar to classical Windows Cabinet compressed archive, but also contains special set of installation instructions in XML file bundled to the archive called _setup.xml.

Over the years the CAB format developed and many versions of it exist. Those usually work only on certain version of Windows CE. This situation was solved with Windows CE version 5.0 in which the CAB format used for app installations for standardized.

This cab file type entry was marked as obsolete and no longer supported file format.

This type of file is no longer actively used and is most likely obsolete. This is typically the case for system files in old operating systems, file types from long discontinued software, or previous versions of certain file types (like documents, projects etc.) that were replaced in higher versions of their original programs.

Updated: May 2, 2018

The default software associated to open cab file:

Windows Mobile icon

Microsoft Corporation logoWindows Mobile  Windows Mobile/CE software

Company or developer:
Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Windows Mobile is operating system based on Microsoft Windows CE kernel and is intended for smart phones, Pocket PCs, GPS navigation devices etc.

Windows Mobile was introduced in 2000 and in 2010 was replaced by Windows Phone 7 operating system. The basic applications installed in WM are Internet Explorer Mobile, Microsoft Office Mobile, Windows Media Player for WM etc.

Windows Mobile is able to sharing Internet to other computers or mobile devices and supports multitasking. Other applications are available in Windows Marketplace for Mobile or downloadable on the Internet. They are three editions of Windows Mobile: Professional, Standard, Classic.

It was replaced by Windows Phone platform.

Help how to open:

You can open and install the app included in the *.cab file in Windows CE based mobile phones.

How to convert:

These files could be extracted with special tools for Windows CE. But conversion is unlikely.

List of software applications associated to the .cab file extension

Recommended software programs are sorted by OS platform (Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, Android 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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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 cab files.

Software that open cab file - Installation File For Windows Mobile

Programs supporting the exension cab on the main platforms Windows, Mac, Linux or mobile. Click on the link to get more information about listed programs for open cab file action.

Microsoft Windows:

Windows Mobile/CE:

Main software associated with cab file by default:
Windows Mobile small icon Windows Mobile
Other suggested software:
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