How to Add EXE Files to Websites

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Have you created an .exe program that you think your readers will benefit from? Did you get permission to add a link to an exe file on your website? This is how you add the .exe file to your website so your readers can open it or download it.

  1. Before you start, you'll need to make sure that your host allows .exe files at all. Some hosting services don't allow files over a certain size and some don't allow you to have certain types of files on your website, this includes .exe files. Make sure that what you are about to add to your website is allowed by your web hosting service first. You don't want to get your website shut down for not following the rules or do a lot of work getting ready to add the .exe file to your website to find out you can't.

    If your hosting service does not allow you to have .exe files on your website you can get your own domain name for your website or switch to another hosting service that does allow .exe files or large files on websites.

  2. Upload your .exe files to your website using the easy file upload program that your web hosting service provides. If they don't provide one then you need to use an FTP program to upload your exe file to your website.

    Upload your exe via FTP
  3. Where did you upload the .exe file to? Did you add the .exe file to the main folder on your website or to another folder? Or, did you create a new folder on your website just for .exe files? Find the address of the .exe file on your website so you can link to it.

    Keep in mind that links can be relative to your main website directory. It helps to create store downloadable files close by.

  4. Which page on your website, and where on the page, do you want the link to your .exe file to be? You could make the .exe file open when the Web page opens, but a lot of people find this annoying and some find it to be bad form. You should decide where you want the link to the .exe file to show on the webpage.

  5. Look through the code on your webpage until you find the spot where you want to add the link to your .exe file. You may want to add a break before you enter the code, for the link to your .exe file, to add a space.

  6. Add the HTML link to your .exe into your page. Remember that there are a few ways that you can handle this, and it'll depend on how your site is structured. You can either use the entire URL of your site followed by the location of your .exe in its folder like, https://your-site.com/exe/flowers.exe, or you can use a path relative to your website root similar to, /exe/flowers.exe. In many cases, either will work.

    EXE file sample page HTML

    The HTML link tag lets you customize your link text. Don't get too creative with it, but also don't use a full URL as your link text. Get to the point, and let people know what they're getting. Yours should look similar to the example below.

    <a href="/exe/flowers.exe">Download Flowers Installer</a>

    The result looks something like the image below.

    Example EXE download page
  7. You should always test your links and the connection to your server, even if you're developing locally on your own computer. Click your new link, and make sure that your web browser prompts you about downloading the file. If you get an error saying that either the file or page isn't found, you know something isn't right with your code.

    EXE download link test
  8. When it comes to hosting an .exe on your site for download, it's as simple as storing it in an easily accessible place and linking to it. As long as your host allows, you can host as many .exe files as you like this way.