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Informations about the CAB filename extension and the file formats associated with it

We collected the information you should know about the .cab filename on this page. If you were sent a(n) .cab file in an e-mail, but you don’t know what to do with it, then you can find help here. We strive to suggest free, open-source applications that are available to everyone for the file formats.

1 filename extension(s) are in our database

.cab - Microsoft Cabinet File

The CAB file is a Archive file, which is connected to the Microsoft Cabinet File according to our registry. With the adequate settings, the Microsoft Cabinet File (.cab) files can be opened or converted with the help of Expand.

Format description:
CAB format
Magic string:
- / -
Related links:
Related extensions:
Compressed Microsoft Cabinet File
Compressed CHM File
Compressed Windows Help Content
Compressed COM File
Compressed CPL File
Compressed DAT File

Important! Programs other than the ones listed above may also use the .cab file extension. Even harmful programs can create files with the .cab extension to store data in them. Always be careful with .cab files coming from unknown sources. Don’t open executable files that arrived in mails, even if you know the sender.

The .cab file can’t be opened on your computer?

If the program necessary for opening the .cab file is installed properly on your computer, then the quickest and simplest way to open the .cab file is to double-click on the file’s name. If that doesn’t work, then the right software probably isn’t installed on your computer.

While opening the .cab file, you may receive an error message from the associated application, this can be caused by the following:

Incorrectly given .cab extension

The .cab filename extension can be given incorrectly sometimes. The cause of the error could be a mistake or a simple typo. We found the following incorrectly given filename extensions that are the most frequent in the case of .cab files.

ab, vab, fab, cwb, cb, can, caf, acb, sab, dab, cba, cav, cag, ca

Maybe you’re not even looking for the .cab file extension?

It’s possible the the file’s extension was given incorrectly. Below, we list some filename extensions that are similar to the .cab extension. It’s possible that the one you’re looking for is among them.

OrangeCD Database
Applix Builder Data
BRIEF Macro File
Microsoft ClipArt Gallery Database
Digital Audio Broadcasting File
Android ADB Backup Archive

Associated applications

The Windows operating system stores information about the applications associated to the file extensions in the registry database. The associations can be queried or modified in the Command Prompt window with the "assoc" command.

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