CAB - Windows Cabinet File

What is a CAB file

The file extension CAB is assigned to archive files. It is most commonly found on Windows machines and is often used for software installation on Windows computers. The compressed data inside the file is used to install network components, system files or device drivers.

CAB system or archive files do support different data compression algorithms like LZX, ZIP and Quantum. It's the native compressed data format of Microsoft Windows. The usage of CAB files is the organization of installation files on a Windows computer or machine. Compressed data doesn't have to be stored in one single CAB file. If the compressed data is too big, it can also be split into more than one CAB file.

Here's a small, but not exhaustive list of programs that can open CAB documents:

  • 7-Zip (Windows & Mac)
  • cabectract (Linux)
  • Corel WinZip (Windows)
  • Incredible Bee Archiver (Mac)
  • IZArc (Windows)
  • Microsoft System Configuration Utility (Windows)
  • Microsoft Windows Installer (Windows)
  • Smith Micro StuffIt Deluxe (Windows & Mac)
  • The Unarchiver (Mac)
  • WinInizio ZipGenius (Windows)
  • WinRAR (Windows)
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