Is it possible to mail an .exe file?

zsalman March 21, 2010

Can anyone tell me how to mail a setup file i.e .exe file to someone?
I tried it as attachment but didn’t work. Any solution?

  1. Sgblueprint
    September 24, 2010 at 8:05 am

    the bet way send it instant . or upload to hq drive backup no pass requirefor link

  2. andreg
    March 28, 2010 at 8:56 am

    try a good explanation of this is on Wikipedia at its a modern version of UU encoding methods that we used to use,,,

  3. Dave Tigweld
    March 27, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    This is how I do it with gmail. Zip the Exe. The important thing then is that you must password protect the zip file. If the archive is password protected - gmail lets it go on through.

  4. pwf
    March 24, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    You can also use a file transfer service (as mentioned once on MakeUseOf) like the one at

  5. Steve Campbell
    March 21, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    Change the extension of the file to say .abc or something random, then zip it like suggested above, and change it back to .exe after it is sent and it should be fine.

  6. ænon1mus
    March 21, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    Or you could always just email the direct link to the setup file and let the person download it. Less hassle that way.

    • Mark O'Neill
      October 27, 2011 at 12:23 pm

      Or that!! LOL.  Amazing how we're all coming up with solutions other than the most simplest way! :-)

  7. Mark O'Neill
    March 21, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    I second Tina - use a RAR file. Zip files can be read whereas RAR files stop external programs from discovering what is inside the RAR file.

    Another option is to change the file format. So instead of exe, change the file format to jpg or avi (for example). Then when the other party receives the file, tell them to change the file format back to exe. This doesn't work in all cases but it is worth a shot.

    • Oron Joffe
      March 22, 2010 at 3:05 pm

      Changing the file types does not always work, as some email providers identify exe files by their content rather than by extension (I think GMail is a case in point). Another way of sending exes (and other files for that matter) is via a sharing site, such as, which allow you to upload the file and give you a link, which you can send in an email, and the recipient(s) can download it from there. This tends to be much more efficient as well. If the file is sensitive, you can create a password that will only allow those with the password to download it.

    • Dr. Kuldeep
      May 1, 2010 at 7:40 am

      Ya, gentlemen. .rar file extension is working good.

    • Pr4bz
      October 17, 2011 at 5:48 pm

      One can rename the file to another format.
      eg. Suppose you exe file was " email.exe "
      Just rename the file as "email.txt " or "email.jpg " or anythng else.
      But DO remember to change the file extension.

  8. Tina
    March 21, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    Most mailservers don't allow the sending of .exe files, for example GMail. This is to prevent the spreading of malware.

    What you can do is add the .exe file to an archive, i.e. zip it and then send the .zip (or .rar) file. Windows comes with a default tool to create .zip archives.

    A great free tool is 7Zip, which Dean introduced in an article.

    Another option would be to rename your file, e.g. from setup.exe to setup.exe.remove. The mailserver will not block your imaginary .remove file extension and it's not smart enough to realize that the file was just renamed.

    Good luck!

    • Tina
      March 21, 2010 at 12:48 pm

      Sending as a zip file may not be a working solution, depending on the eMail service you're using. For example Gmail blocks .exe files within zip files. Strangely, using a .rar archive you can send .exe files.

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