An exec file is related to Unix and Unix-like operating systems, like OS X (macOS), Linux, etc.

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EXEC file - Unix executable

What is exec file? How to open exec files?

File type specification:

Program executable file type icon Program executable file type

The exec files are commonly used by Unix and Unix based operating systems, like OS X (macOS), Linux, FreeBSD and others.

Unix and Unix-like systems mark a file with executable bit as EXEC file.

EXEC is not file extension it is only mark of Unix executable in file manager.

Updated: February 26, 2018

The default software associated to exec file type:

macOS icon

Apple, Inc. logomacOS  Apple macOS / Mac OS X software

Company or developer:
Apple, Inc.

macOS is Unix-based desktop operating system, a successor of Mac OS X system for MacBook-family, iMac, Mac Mini and Mac Pro computers, developed and sold by Apple, Inc.

macOS High Sierra (10.13) is including various new features, like digital personal assistant called Siri, new Apple Pay service, iCloud drive, new Messages app, Apple File System a successor of HFS+ and many more.

Unix icon

The Open Group logoUnix  Linux/Unix software

Company or developer:
The Open Group

A multi-tasking operating system for various platforms, the first version of UNIX was released in 1969. It is developed by AT&T as well as various commercial vendors, universities and non-profit organizations. Traditional Original Unix systems have characteristics of Version 7 Unix or UNIX System V. Unix Specification have Mac OS X, Mac OS X Server, Solaris, AIX, HP/UX, z/OS etc. Other systems, such as Linux and BSD are called Unix-like or Unix system-like.

Help how to open:

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

How to convert:

There is probably no real way how you can convert this particular file type to anything else.

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

  • Open exec file

Software that open exec file - Unix executable

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

Apple macOS / Mac OS X:

Main software associated with exec file by default:
macOS small icon macOS
Other suggested software:
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Linux/Unix:

Main software associated with exec file by default:
Unix small icon Unix
Other suggested software:
Linux operating systems small icon Linux operating systems
NetBSD small icon NetBSD
FreeBSD small icon FreeBSD

Other operating systems or devices:

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