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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 173 file types. Show all program executable file types.
An air file extension is associated with Adobe AIR runtime and used for Rich Internet Applications. Several Adobe application can work with air files.
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.
Files with bat suffix 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.
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.
Files with cpl suffix are most notably known to be control panel applets from Microsoft Windows operating system. Each control panel is represented by a single .cpl file
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.
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.
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.
A jar file extension is commonly used for Java archives, which often contain applets or applications. Used for java application distribution/installation purposes.
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.
An 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.
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.
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.
Files with shs suffix are quite often found as special OLE objects (scraps) from various Windows / MS Office apps.
Files with vbs suffix can be generally found as scripts made using Visual Basic programming language and development environment. Used in many programs.
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 173 file types. Show all program executable files.