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.

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

exe file icon.exe - Self-extracting compressed file archive

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Software that works with exe file extension

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EXE file extension - Program executable

What is exe file? How to open exe files?

The exe file extension is traditionally used for program executable file since the time of first DOS. There are several versions of this file format, but all serve the same purpose - to start a program.

EXE format was, and still is utilized in many operating system, including MS-DOS, Windows, OS/2, Symbian or OpenVMS. These files can be found in 16-bit, 32-bit as well as 64-bit versions.

Pretty much every program has one or more executables to start it, as such it is probably one of the most used file formats.

In addition to executable code, *.exe files can also contain various other data, such as program icons. For example self-extracting archives (such as RAR), use exe file extension for the first part, because it also contains the executable code.

Warning: Executables are also used to spread trojans and other malicious programs. Always be careful when opening unknown *.exe file as this can infect or alter the settings of your system.

MIME types:

application/octet-stream
application/x-msdownload
application/exe
application/x-exe
application/dos-exe
vms/exe
application/x-winexe
application/msdos-windows
application/x-msdos-program

The default software associated to exe 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.

Microsoft Visual Studio icon

Microsoft Corporation logo Microsoft Visual Studio  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
  Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Visual Studio is an integrated development environment (IDE) used to create applications for Microsoft Windows, Windows Mobile, .NET Framework, Silverlight as well as dynamic websites and web applications.

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Help how to open EXE files:

Double-clicking on *.exe file results in starting the program they are created for.

Do not open unknown *.exe files as these can harm your computer.

Some executables might also be decompiled with specialized software.

How to convert file with extension EXE:

There is no conversion possible for EXE format.

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001 to exe

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File identification strings:

HEX code: 4D 5A
ASCII code: MZ

List of software applications associated to the .exe 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 exe file, edit exe file, convert exe file, view exe file, play exe file etc. (if exist software for corresponding action in File-Extensions.org's database).

Hint:
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 exe files.

  • Open exe file
  • Create exe file
  • Import exe file
  • Export exe file
  • Extract exe file
  • Recover exe file
  • Others exe file

Software that open exe file - Program executable

Click on the link to get more information about listed programs for open exe file action.

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Symbian:

Microsoft MS-DOS:

Other operating systems or devices:

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