Open cab file

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What is cab file?

A cab file extension is commonly used for compressed archives found in Microsoft Windows operating system.

cab file description

The cab file extension is used for native compressed archive format used in Microsoft Windows. Also known as Cabinet files.

CAB supports compression and digital signing, and is used by a variety of Microsoft installation engines, such as Setup API, Device Installer, AdvPack (for the installation of ActiveX components from Internet Explorer) and Windows Installer.

The cab file format works with three data compression methods:

  • DEFLATE, invented by Phil Katz, the author of the ZIP file format.
  • QUANTUM licensed from David Stafford, the author of the Quantum archiver.
  • LZX, invented by Jonathan Forbes and Tomi Poutanen, given to Microsoft when Jonathan joined the company. 

The cab files are also used in many installers (InstallShield and others), although it is mostly completely different format. Sometimes are used in computer games.

The cab archives can be created with command-line tool included in Windows called: makecab.exe

Software that will open cab file


Popular open source file archiver with a high compression ratio

The Unarchiver

A decompression utility used to replace default unpacker software on Mac


One of the oldest and most popular shareware file archiver and data compression utility

Dragon UnPACKer

A unpacking tool for resource files from computer games

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004

A civil flight simulator from the popular game series


A free open source archive utility

Advanced CAB Repair

A CAB archive recovery utility

Microsoft Windows 7

One of the newer members of Windows OS family

Microsoft Windows Vista

One of the members of Windows operating system family


A full-featured compressed archives manager


A file archive utility for Windows


A compression and encryption utility


An older file compression utility

Advanced Archive Repair

An advanced archive recovery utility


A free archiving tool


A Linux application used as frontend for popular compression tools

StuffIt Expander

A free decompression utility with good file format support

StuffIt Expander for Mac

A Mac version of the popular decompression utility

StuffIt Deluxe

A commercial compression utility

StuffIt for Mac

Mac version of the popular utility

StuffIt Deluxe for Mac

A backup and archive utility


A freeware file compression tool


A Windows cabinet file extractor


One of the many available file compression utilities


A freeware archive utility that supports many archive formats


A compression utility that supports over 250 archive formats

Microsoft Windows

A series of operating systems produced by Microsoft

Other cab file extensions

cab - Installation File For Windows Mobile

Files with cab file extension could also be found as special installation packages in Windows CE devices. Similar to classic CAB format, but different.

What file extension actually is?

Simply put, file extensions are the characters after the dot in the file name, so for example filename.mp3 has file extension „mp3“. This helps Windows to identify which program should be used to open the file.

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