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EXE file extension

The table below provides useful information about the .exe file extension. It answers questions such as:

  • What is the .exe file?
  • What program do I need to open a .exe file?
  • How can the .exe file be opened, edited or printed?
  • How can I convert .exe files to another format?

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

✅ Executable File

Executable File .exe file icon
The EXE file is an 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: Microsoft Windows
Mime-type: application/x-ms-dos-executable
Magic number: -
Magic string: -
Sample: -
EXE aliases:
EXE related links:
EXE related extensions:
MS-DOS Batch File

Windows Command File

Windows Command File

Visual C++ Import Library

ActiveX Custom Control

Program Information File

Microsoft Windows Screensaver

Windows Shortcut

Windows Script File

MS-DOS System File

Other types of files may also use the .exe file extension.

🚫 The .exe file extension is often given incorrectly!

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

3xe, dxe, ece, ede, ee, eex, ese, ex, ex3, exd, exf, exr, exs, exw, eze

Is it possible that the filename extension is misspelled?

We found the following similar file extensions in our database:

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EXIF Metadata
Euphoria Source Code
Microsoft Expression Encoder Preset

🔴 Can't open a .exe file?

When you double-click a file to open it, Windows examines the filename extension. If Windows recognizes the filename extension, it opens the file in the program that is associated with that filename extension. When Windows does not recognize a filename extension, you receive the following message:

Windows cannot open this file:


To open this file, Windows needs to know what program you want to use to open it...

If you don't know how to set the .exe file association, check the FAQ.

🔴 Can I change the extension of files?

Changing the filename extension of a file is not a good idea. When you change a file's extension, you change the way programs on your computer read the file. The problem is, changing the file extension does not change the file format.

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