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executable file
Last modified: Friday, June 21, 2002 

A file in a format that the computer can directly execute. Unlike source files, executable files cannot be read by humans. To transform a source file into an executable file, you need to pass it through a compiler or assembler.

In DOS systems, executable files have either a.COM or.EXE extension and are called COM files and EXE files, respectively.

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