OS - Native Executable File | Native Image | Program


An executable file is file (also known as an image) used to create a process (ie an executable instance of this file)

An OS executable file has the format of a object file generated by a compiler. See format

An executable code is executed in the execution environment




Native image builds for a specific target platform have to be created from a specific host platform (e.g. Windows native build has to be done on Windows, an iOS native build on macOS).

This hurdle can be overcome by using a build automation tool like Github Actions, which provides build 'runners' for every major OS.


It is given in a command


in Process Explorer, double click on a process:

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