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

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EXEC file extension - 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.

The default software associated to exec file type:

Mac OS X icon

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

Company or developer:
Apple, Inc.

OS X or Mac OS X is Unix-based operating system developed by Apple Inc. for Macintosh computers. It contains basic core applications for everyday use, such as Finder basic file manager, Safari for Internet browsing, QuickTime for video, iTunes for managing audio data and iPod, iOS devices management , iMessage instant messaging, Mail, Contacts, Calendar and many more.

The latest version 10.11 of OS X is called El Capitan. It is available to purchase on Mac App Store as well as is distributed with new Mac computers and notebooks. It includes features to improve the security, performance, design and usability.

OS X operating system was replaced by new macOS in 2016!

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 EXEC files:

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

How to convert file with extension EXEC:

As far as we know, this .exec file type can't be converted to any other file format. This is usually the case of system, configuration, temporary, or data files containing data exclusive to only one software and used for its own purposes. Also some proprietary or closed file formats cannot be converted to more common file types in order to protect the intellectual property of the developer, which is for example the case of some DRM-protected multimedia files.

List of recommended software applications associated to the .exec file extension

Recommended software programs are sorted by OS platform (Windows, macOS, Linux 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's database).

  • Open exec file

Software that open exec file - Unix executable

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:
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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