Filename Extensions
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Details of extension .exe

1 extension(s) and 0 alias(es) in our database

Below, you can find answers to the following questions:

  • What is the .exe file?
  • Which program can create the .exe file?
  • Where can you find a description of the .exe format?
  • What can convert .exe files to a different format?
  • Which MIME-type is associated with the .exe extension?
.exe
Executable File .exe file icon

Executable File

EXE is the common filename extension for denoting an executable file (a program) in the MS-DOS, Microsoft Windows, and OS/2 operating systems.
Category: Application files
Application: -
Program name: -
Mime-type: application/x-ms-dos-executable
Magic bytes (HEX): -
Magic string (ASCII): -
Aliases:
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Links:
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Related extensions:
MS-DOS Batch File
Command File
Windows Command File
Visual C++ Import Library
ActiveX Custom Control
Program Information File
Microsoft Windows Screensaver
Windows Shortcut
Windows Script File

Other types of files may also use the .exe file extension. If you have helpful information about .exe extension, write to us!

Is it possible that the filename extension is misspelled?

We found the following similar extensions in our database:

OpenEXR Image
3DLinX Entity Data
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JSDAI Express Dictionary Data
CN3 Extended Ephemeris Data
Autodesk AutoCAD Data Extraction Template
ProfiCAD Schematics Diagram
EXIF Metadata
Oracle BI Discoverer EUL Export

The .exe filename extension is often given incorrectly!

According to the searches on our site, these misspellings were the most common in the past year:

exr (12), xe (1), 3xe (1), rxe (1), eze (1), exd (1), ex (1), eex (1), ede (1), xee (1), dxe (1), sxe (1), fxe (1), exs (1), exf (1)

Can't open a .exe file?

If you want to open a .exe file on your computer, you just need to have the appropriate program installed. If the .exe association isn't set correctly, you may receive the following error message:

Windows can't open this file:

File: example.exe

To open this file, Windows needs to know what program you want to use to open it. Windows can go online to look it up automatically, or you can manually select from a list of programs that are installed on your computer.

To change file associations:

  • Right-click a file with the extension whose association you want to change, and then click Open With.
  • In the Open With dialog box, click the program whith which you want the file to open, or click Browse to locate the program that you want.
  • Select the Always use the selected program to open this kind of file check box.

Supported operating systems

Windows Server 2003/2008/2012/2016, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, Linux, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, Mac OS X, iOS, Android

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