What does EXE mean in File Extensions?

This page is about the meanings of the acronym/abbreviation/shorthand EXE in the Computing field in general and in the File Extensions terminology in particular.

Directly executable program (MSDOS)

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What does EXE mean?

An executable binary file. Some operating systems (notably MS-DOS, VMS, and TWENEX) use the extension .EXE to mark such files. This usage is also occasionally found among Unix programmers even though Unix executables don't have any required suffix.

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