How can i send an executable .EXE file via email?

vinod ghoderao May 30, 2012
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I want to send a “setup.exe” installer file to my friend but my email provider will not send the file. According to them, the file may contain a virus.

Is there any other way to send this file?

  1. anthony
    October 10, 2012 at 5:01 am

    you can send .exe files over skype(:

  2. 4uvirus
    October 9, 2012 at 10:15 am

    its very easy to send .exe file through facebook....
    1.convert it in rar file. ur gmail account.
    3.compose a new email.
    4.attach the rar file.
    5.send it on same ur gmail id. the email tht u got.
    7.look at the attached file where u have two option(view and Download)
    8.right click on Download option.
    9.there you got "copy link location" click on that.
    10.and send it to ur friends on as ur wish via msg or on timeline.

  3. Abhijit Kalita
    October 9, 2012 at 7:00 am

    use win rar to compress it. then there will be no problem in uploading it. However the recipient also need to have the same to un-compress it. Win rar is available from

  4. Himanshu Singla
    June 5, 2012 at 11:22 am

    I can suggest you the method which i have tried once and that worked for me..just change the extension of exe file by any xyz name (right click on the icon and select properties).It will show you a message the file may not work properly.Just click OK.
    Then attach directly or make a zip file and then send it.. after downloading change the extension to the will work.

  5. Kelvin Zhang
    June 1, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    I would suggest you upload to or your own web host and pasting the link from there.

  6. Matthew Unwin
    May 31, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    use a large file sending site like yousendit or largefilesasap
    you could also use a shared folder in dropbox

  7. Susendeep Dutta
    May 31, 2012 at 7:20 am

    You can also share the link from where you downloaded the file.

  8. pceasies
    May 30, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    Email servers aren't designed to transport large attachments. Your best option is using a file sharing platform like SkyDrive, Minus, DropBox, WikiSend, or another of the many options and place a link to the file in the email instead.

    May 30, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    Hello, this behaviour is so by default. If the email in questions is web based, there is a strong possibility that it will always fail to send and .exe file. Now, if you were to send an email from a email desktop client it could be possible only if the .exe extension is not filter in your destop client and the person you send it to.

    There are several ways you can accomplish this but you will need to use extra software. Like mention before, dropbox would fulfill this easily. If you do not have or like using dropbox, you can use windows skydrive. It is free and easy to use. Just upload the file and then send the link to the person by email. Here is the link:

    There are also several sites online where you can upload the file and share it from there. If you use the free option, the files uploaded are there for a few days. You have the choice of deleting them after they have been downloaded or the service itself deletes them after certain amount of days. Here is one example:

  10. Kyem Ghosh
    May 30, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    you cannot bypass the .exe from any of the popular email service providers like gmail, yahoo, rediff etc.. Even you cannot send it via facebook.... As said by ha14, you upload it somewhere to mediafire, 4shared etc and send the link.... The easiest and the best way

  11. Alan Wade
    May 30, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    Compress your exe file with Winrar and split it into two rar files. That works for me.

  12. Hitesh Nair
    May 30, 2012 at 10:12 am

    you can simply compress it with WinZip, WinRAR, 7-Zip or a similar

    It worked for Gmail when i made it .rar

  13. ha14
    May 30, 2012 at 9:57 am

    I think this is the case of gmail also? perhaps yahoo or you can upload to mediafire and then send the link to your friend.

    • Oron
      May 30, 2012 at 1:05 pm

      Yes, GMail blocks executables. See . If I recall correctly, it ignores the file extension so you can't get around it simply by changing the extension.
      At the University I used to work, we blocked attachments with more than one full stop in the name to prevent "extension masquarading". This is a common email policy which many organisations follow.
      My original comment may have been too categorical, since it may be possible to send executables in certain circumstances, but most email systems are configured to block this, both at the sending and the receiving ends. It would be more sensible to share the file in some other way, such as file sharing site or peer to peer networking.

  14. Oron
    May 30, 2012 at 9:53 am

    The quick answer is that you can't. Most email systems will block the file outright, and some will block it even if you change its name or zip it.
    However, you can upload it to a file sharing site and send a link to it. I like to use for that purpose. It's extremely easy to use (read instructions on the site), the maximum file size is large and it works! However, there are many other sites which will work equally well.
    Also, if you have Dropbox, you can use its file-sharing facility. Simply put the file somewhere in the dropbox folder, right-click on it and choose Dropbox->Get Link, then paste the link into your email. Job done!

  15. Bruce Epper
    May 30, 2012 at 9:50 am

    In most cases, you can simply compress it with WinZip, WinRAR, 7-Zip or a similar program to get it past the scanner. Some scanners will also scan inside of compressed files, and if this is the case with yours, you can simply put a password on the compressed file and tell the recipient what the password is in your email.

    You can also frequently bypass the scanner by changing the file extension or adding another extension to it (i.e., or setup.exe.nope). A lot of scanners use the file extension to determine if it should be scanned and if it does not conform to any extensions that denote a program file or common document formats, it will not even look at them.

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