HTA File - opening and understanding

Did your computer fail to open a HTA file? We explain what they are used for and recommend software that we know can open or otherwise handle your .HTA 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

You will need a program compatible with the specific file you are trying to open, as different programs may use files with file extension HTA for different purposes.

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

Suggest another file format using extension HTA

While we know of one file format using the .HTA file extension, there may be more. It is widespread that different programs use files with the same file extension for very different types of data. Please let us know if you are aware of a different kind of .HTA file.

Various viewers for this file format

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.

We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with HTA-files on Mac. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!
We have not verified any web services that we know for certain will work with HTA-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!