EXE File Type

- The quick facts

What are EXE files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening an EXE file or just wondering what they contain? We explain what these files are used for and show you software that we know can open or otherwise handle your files.

What is an EXE file?

EXE files have multiple uses, and Windows Executable is one of them.

Windows Executable File

Files ending with EXE are executable program files. You should be able to run them by double-clicking them. If this does not work, the file may be damaged, or something on your PC is blocking the execution - that could be your anti-virus software or perhaps even a virus.

If you are getting errors running EXE files, we strongly suggest you check your PC for errors and malware.

You usually do not need to edit or view these files, as they only contain information usable by the software program that uses them.

Last updated: June 8, 2022

More file formats using the EXE extension

Through our research of EXE files, we know that the following formats exist. However, we have not yet analyzed them in detail, and we would love to hear from you if you have information about either of them.

MS-DOS Executable File

OS/2 Executable

Sony Playstation Executable File

Sinclair QDOS Executable File

Wang Freestyle Executable File

Amiga H.R.C.D.T. Warrior Load Format

RARBG Torrents Fake EXE Placeholder File

Zilog SymbOS Executable File