.HTA File Extension

HTML Application

General Information

Title HTA File Extension
Extension .hta
Full Form HTML Application
File Type Executable Web Document
Developer Microsoft
MIME Type application/hta

File Function

Primary Function Run applications
Additional Functions Execute HTML, Access system resources
Features Interactive, Scriptable

File Characteristics

Quality Depends on content
Supports Layers N/A
Supports Transparency N/A
Editable Yes

Use Cases

Web-based Applications Yes
Local Scripting Yes
Automation Tasks Yes

Security and Practices

Security Risks Code execution, Script vulnerabilities
Best Practices Validate input, Restrict usage

Historical/Version Information

Initial Release 1999
Latest Update Varies with IE, WSH updates

Associated Types

Similar Extensions .html, .htm, .mhtml, .exe

Software Compatibility

Software Usage Policy OS Compatibility
Internet Explorer Free Windows
MS Edge (Legacy) Free Windows
Windows Script Host Built-in Windows