SFX File - opening and understanding

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

What is a SFX file?

Files that contain the .sfx file extension are most commonly associated with compressed archive files. When a user needs to transmit large files or large batches of files, they will often compress the files into a compressed archive in order to make transmission of the files easier. These files are commonly saved as an executable program so that the archive contained within the file can be self-extracted.

A variety of software applications assign the .sfx file extension when creating a file archive for this purpose. Some of the popular applications that use the .sfx file extension for compressed archive files include WinZip, WinAce, SFX-Factory and ALZip.

How to open SFX 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 SFX for different purposes.

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

Suggest another file format using extension SFX

While we know of one file format using the .SFX 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 .SFX file.

Various viewers for this file format

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

CanvasCanvasUser submitted
STATGRAPHICS CenturionSTATGRAPHICS CenturionUser submitted
Canvas XCanvas XUser submitted
SafeFaxSafeFaxUser submitted
SolidViewSolidViewUser submitted
Internet faxingInternet faxingUser submitted
Fax-InternetFax-InternetUser submitted
SilhouetteSilhouetteUser submitted
Internet FaxInternet FaxUser submitted
Bruteforce Save DataBruteforce Save DataUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with SFX-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 SFX-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!