SH File - opening and understanding

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

What is a SH file?

Files that contain the .sh file extension are self-extracting archive files. The SH file archive contains selected files and a shell script along with instructions on how to extract the contents of the SH file archive.

The SH file format is commonly used for Unix shell files and are created by the Unix shar utility program. These files are typically used for scripts that are meant to be run on the Unix command prompt. SH files can typically only be used on computers that are run on the Unix operating system, although systems similar to Unix may also use this file format.

How to open SH 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 SH for different purposes.

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

Suggest another file format using extension SH

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

Various viewers for this file format

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

WinRARWinRARUser submitted
Edge Code CCEdge Code CCUser submitted
BracketsBracketsUser submitted
Notepad++Notepad++User submitted
GITGITUser submitted
Microsoft Visual Studio CodeMicrosoft Visual Studio CodeUser submitted
SlickEditSlickEditUser submitted
BluefishBluefishUser submitted
TeraPadTeraPadUser submitted
UltraEditUltraEditUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with SH-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 SH-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!