.CAB File Extension

Cabinet File

CAB files store compressed system resources for Windows installations. These include device drivers, system files, and network components. CAB files can be opened with Windows Explorer to view content...

General Information

Title CAB File Extension
Extension .cab
Full Form Cabinet File
File Type Compressed Archive File
Developer Microsoft
MIME Type application/vnd.ms-cab-compressed

File Function

Primary Function Store compressed data
Additional Functions Software distribution, installer package
Features Compression, multi-volume archives

File Characteristics

Quality Lossless compression
Supports Layers N/A
Supports Transparency N/A
Editable With software

Use Cases

Software Installation Yes
Windows Update Yes
Backup Archives Yes

Security and Practices

Security Risks Executable code
Best Practices Scan for viruses, verify source

Historical/Version Information

Initial Release 1995
Significant Update CAB FDI, Cabinet SDK

Associated Types

Related Extensions .exe, .msi, .zip

Software Compatibility

Software Usage Policy OS Compatibility
Microsoft Windows Windows
WinZip Free Trial, Paid Windows, Mac
7-Zip Free Windows