.DLL File Extension

DLL files exist as 2 different types. Please find information about each of them below.

Type 2: DLL Dynamic Webpage

General Information

Title DLL File Extension
Extension .dll
Full Form Dynamic Link Library
File Type System File
Developer Microsoft
MIME Type application/x-msdownload

File Function

Primary Function Shared library
Additional Functions Code execution, Resources storage
Features Modularity, Reusability

File Characteristics

Quality Varies with code
Supports Layers N/A
Supports Transparency N/A
Editable With tools

Use Cases

Software Development Yes
System Services Yes
Plugin Modules Yes

Security and Practices

Security Risks Vulnerable functions, Malware
Best Practices Regular updates, Code signing

Historical/Version Information

Initial Release Windows 3.1
Latest Version Varies with Windows version

Associated Types

Similar Extensions .exe, .ocx, .drv, .sys

Software Compatibility

Software Usage Policy OS Compatibility
Microsoft Visual Studio Free, Paid versions Windows, Mac
Dependency Walker Free Windows
DLL‑files.com Client Free, Paid versions Windows