An executable program can be run on a computer. Most software is an executable.

Executables typically have the .exe file extension under MS-DOS or Windows based systems. Under UNIX-clones they typically have no extension.

Confusion for people new to UNIX often comes from the fact that in order to run an executable unless it is in your path you must type ./program-name as opposed to just progam-name as with MS-DOS based systems.

Ex"e*cu`ta*ble (?), a.

Capable of being executed; feasible; as, an executable project.

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