Open EXE file

The most common choise: Executable program

How to open Executable program .exe files

exe file icon Have you had trouble opening the exe file on your computer? What are exe files? We explain what they are and recommend software that we know will open them.

What is exe file?

Files with exe extension has been the standard for primary executable files since the era of MS-DOS and are still used as main executables in Windows.

Executable program description

EXE file (short for 'executable') is a type of file that contains a software program - that is, a particular kind of file that is capable of being executed or run as a program in the computer. 

These files were originally used in MS-DOS, but nowadays are just common program executables on Windows platform. They come in either 16/32/64-bit version variants.

When a user double-clicks on an EXE file, the operating system runs the program or software contained within that file. This file format is primarily associated with the Windows operating system.


Suggested software to open exe file

Microsoft Windows

A series of operating systems developed by Microsoft

Microsoft Visual Studio

IDE for creating programs, or websites and web applications

Microsoft Windows 11

Latest version of Windows OS

Microsoft Windows 10

Operating system for deskop, laptop and tablet computers

There are other EXE filename extensions with the same .exe suffix

exe - Canvas X slide show

Files with exe extension might also be slide shows exported from Canvas X software. Standalone, self-running app that contains the slideshow.

exe - Compressed file archive that self-extracts

Files with exe extension can also appear as unique self-extracting compressed archives. Essentially, these are archives that include a small executable program that decompresses the archive.

What file extension actually is?

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

We can help you to open your file

Our database contains a huge list of different file extensions, usually with detailed description and programs that can be used to open or otherwise work with that particular file type.

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