EXP File

What are EXP files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening an EXP 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 EXP file?

EXP files have multiple uses, and Visual C++ Export Library is one of them. Read more about the others further down the page.

Visual C++ Export Library

An Export file is generated by a compiler when a developer compiles his source code into executable form. It is used when there is a circular dependency between a DLL file and the EXE file using it.

For example, the program (EXE) contains some functions that plug-in DLLs must use to interface with it, but it also needs to call functions in the plug-in DLLs. The DLL won't link until the executable is built (which generates a .lib file), but the executable won't link either until the DLL is built to provide a .lib file. To solve this problem, an EXP file must be generated for the executable file, and that is used to build the DLL file. The EXP file contains a list of the functions provided by the EXE file that the DLL needs.

How to open EXP files

Important: Different programs may use files with the EXP file extension for different purposes, so unless you are sure which format your EXP file is, you may need to try a few different programs.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 10 different EXP openers which you will find listed below.

Last updated: November 10, 2022

All known file formats using extension .EXP

While Visual C++ Export Library is a popular type of EXP-file, we know of 5 different uses of the .EXP file extension. Different software may use files with the same extension for different types of data.

Melco Embroidery Design File

We know that one EXP format is Melco Embroidery Design File. We have not yet analyzed in detail what these files contain and what they are used for. We're working on it.

EXP opener for Windows

We have identified 2 EXP openers that are compatible with this specific type of EXP file.

3D Embroidery3D EmbroideryVerified

More file formats using the EXP extension

Through our research of EXP files, we know that the following formats exist. However, we have not yet analyzed them in detail.

  • Autex Experimental Pole Figure Data
  • AutoCAD MS-DOS Real-Mode ADI Driver
  • Millewin Patient Data Export

Various apps that use files with this extension

These apps are known to open certain types of EXP files. Remember, different programs may use EXP files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.

LaunchAnywhereLaunchAnywhereUser submitted
5DEmbroidery5DEmbroideryUser submitted
progeCAD ProfessionalprogeCAD ProfessionalUser submitted
EmbirdEmbirdUser submitted
MyEditor ApplicationMyEditor ApplicationUser submitted
CodeWarriorCodeWarriorUser submitted
3D-Tool3D-ToolUser submitted
Microsoft OfficeMicrosoft OfficeUser submitted
UntisUntisUser submitted
Wings xpWings xpUser submitted

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