Executable


Robert Neagoe
by Robert Neagoe
Content Analyst
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In computing, an executable file causes a computer “to perform indicated tasks according to encoded instructions,” as opposed to a data file that must be parsed by a program to be meaningful. These instructions are traditionally machine code instructions for a physical CPU. However, in a more general sense, a file containing instructions for a software interpreter may also be considered executable; even a scripting language source file may therefore be considered executable in this sense.