Trick to Send Exe Files Via Gmail

by Venkat eswarlu on January 7, 2010

in tips and tricks

 Trick to Send Exe Files Via Gmail

We all know all email services including popular Gmail won’t allow us to send and receive executable files. Reason is simple, executable files may contain viruses. We can’t even send these exe files by archiving them also, as sending these files in zip format also not accepted by email services. But with a simple trick, we can send safe executable files through Gmail.

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Gmail automatically blocks exe files and if you able to send these files some how, Gmail will bounce it back to original sender automatically. And reminding you, Gmail will allow us to send and receive messages up to 25MB only including attachments. There will be the need for any user to send an important program file which can’t be downloaded by his friend generally through the internet.

Sending Executable files from Gmail

Open Windows Explorer, from Tools menu>Folder Options>View, under Advanced settings, uncheck “Hide extensions for known file types”  and click Apply, OK to save changes.

Now you will be able to observe all files with extensions like program.exe. Now replace ‘exe’ with ‘txt’ extension, so the program file becomes program.txt, click ‘yes’ to Rename warning: “changing file name extension makes file unusable”. Though we changed the executable file to text format, you can observe the size of text file remains same as that of original executable file.

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Now send the text file attachment to your friend, and it will be downloaded by him without any problems after virus scanning performed by Gmail. Now instruct your friend to change text file to executable file by un checking “Hide extensions for known file types” in Windows Explorer. Now executable runs properly despite the effect of changing its extension to text format.

Hope you find this tip useful.

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Sandrina January 11, 2010 at 4:24 pm

It works! I just want to say that person receiving the mail after un checking the Hide extension option, has to rename back extension from txt to exe.


venkat January 11, 2010 at 6:26 pm

File receiving person must do that, check that I also mentioned it in that last paragraph.Any way thanks for your comment. You can try even changing executable extension to mp3 also even that will also work :)


Mark February 10, 2010 at 6:44 am

This does not work. Even changing the extension of the file, zipping the file and then encrypting it and changing the extension of the zip file does not work.


chutu January 18, 2011 at 8:48 am

it’s a gud facility of internet by which we can learn more things as i……….


Jack December 7, 2011 at 10:58 pm

It is so easy.
1st step: pack to zip/rar/any – if you need/can protect w/pw;
2nd step: insert as “object” to a MS-WORD file;
last step: save it – send it.


Steffen December 18, 2011 at 4:40 pm

I sent an e-mail just now with an EXE attached via Thunderbird, like this:
1. Zip it (with a password?). Filenames were not encrypted. This alone did not work.
2. Rename the *.zip file to *.zip_ (with underscore). :)


Divan February 17, 2012 at 7:16 pm

Just renameing the .exe file to .exe_ also works


nikesh March 10, 2012 at 9:24 pm

This will be hesitating for non technical person.
We can also send exe files if we compress/archive them using 7z.
I always use that method and easily uncompressed thru winrar or any other global archiver.


Aaron April 7, 2013 at 12:51 am

Its really easy to do if you just want to send it to your own email so you can open it somewhere else. Just attach it in the email and click save and itll be in your drafts. You can open it anywhere now


Kiro August 7, 2013 at 8:11 pm

There is other easy way.
1.Zip the exe file in 2 files.
2.Then archive these 2 files in 1 rar file.
3.Send the rar.
Works fine.


mihsan November 19, 2013 at 8:52 am

you r great


Gavin Burke March 3, 2014 at 10:24 pm

A slighty easier way for the recipient is instead of changing the extension, just remove it (so test.exe becomes just test), then the recipient can rename without having to do the “show extension” cafuffle



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