HTA File Type

- The quick facts

What are HTA files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a HTA 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 a HTA file?

The .hta file extension is a file format used in html applications. HTA embody the program that can be run from the HTML document. HTA contains hypertext code, VBScript or JScript code depending on the program set up. An .hta executes without being confined on the limiting factors of the security context of the browser that it is also treated as a fully trusted application. HTA are in text format so text editing programs can be used to edit the said files.

HTA files are basically HTM with enhanced privileges. When encoding, HTA allows the developer to have the features of HTML together with the advantages of scripting languages that sometimes are not present for html- based. HTA are common for Microsoft system administrators who utilize them for full-scale applications to system administration. HTA can also create, edit and remove files and registry entries which are not also available to certain html execution.

How to open HTA files

Important: Different programs may use files with the HTA file extension for different purposes, so unless you are sure which format your HTA 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 HTA openers which you will find listed below.

Last updated: January 14, 2020

Various apps that use files with this extension

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

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