.EXE File Extension

Developer:
Microsoft
File Type:
Windows Executable File
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Having trouble opening .exe extension? Don't panic! This page explains what exe files are as well as suggests programs you may use to open exe files. You can download these programs through this page.

What is a EXE file?

Exe file extension has Windows Executable file type, developed by Microsoft, which is associated with the "executable files" category.

.EXE files typically store executable programs that can be run on Windows, providing binary machine code. .EXE files may as well save different resources, the icon of the program, etc.

.EXE files are designed for Windows platforms only. Other platforms, including macOS and Linux, use other types of files. For instance, macOS typically uses .APP files for running applications.

To learn how you can open the given file, read the information below.

exe file icon
Developer:
Microsoft
File Type:
Windows Executable File
Category:
Executable Files
Format:
Binary

How to open EXE file?

Double click the exe file to open it. The file will open automatically if file associations have been correctly installed and there is a proper program on your computer; if not, file associations may be corrupted and your OS either cannot find the proper program, or you might not have one for opening the file. First, we recommend downloading our utility to fix file association errors; then, you can download any program for opening the .exe extension from the ones suggested below. If you are certain there is nothing wrong with the file associations, you may proceed to method 2 right away; besides, if you can't make up your mind when choosing the right program, use Universal File Viewer from the last method.

Method 1: Fix file association errors

Follow these steps in order to automatically fix the exe extension associations' problem in no time:

  • Step 1: Click on "Download Solution" to download automatic tool provided by WikiExt.
  • Step 2: Click "Start Scan" to identify all potential issues.
  • Step 3: Review scan results and click "Fix Items".
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Method 2: Download the appropriate software

The given list provides programs which may be used for opening or converting the exe file. Choose the proper program for your OS, and click it to start the download or proceed to the developer's website.

Programs that open EXE files

  • Windows Windows
  • MacOS MacOS
    • Parallels Desktop for Mac with Microsoft Windows installed Parallels Desktop for Mac with Microsoft Windows installed
    • VMware Fusion with Microsoft Windows installed VMware Fusion with Microsoft Windows installed
    • Oracle VM VirtualBox with Microsoft Windows installed Oracle VM VirtualBox with Microsoft Windows installed
    • CodeWeavers CrossOver CodeWeavers CrossOver
    • Kronenberg WineBottler Kronenberg WineBottler
    • Xamarin Mono Xamarin Mono
  • Linux Linux
    • CodeWeavers CrossOver CodeWeavers CrossOver
    • Oracle VM VirtualBox with Microsoft Windows installed Oracle VM VirtualBox with Microsoft Windows installed
    • Wine Wine
    • Xamarin Mono Xamarin Mono

Method 3: Use universal file viewer

In addition to the list of programs above, we recommend using Universal File Viewer. This tool can open over 250 file extensions and, most likely, it will be able to open the exe file as well. Download Universal File Viewer for your OS.

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