How to Add exe Files to Websites

7 Simple Steps

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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.

Make sure exe files are allowed

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.

Upload exe file to your website

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.

Find your exe file's address (URL)

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.

Choose a location for your exe file

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.

So you should decide where you want the link to the exe file to show on the Web page.

Find the location of the exe file in your HTML

Look through the code on your Web page until you find the spot where you want to add the link to your exe file. You may want to add

before you enter the code, for the link to your exe file, to add a space.

Add the link to the exe file

Add the code to the place where you want the link to the exe file to show up in your​ HTML code. It's actually the same link code that you would use for a normal Web page link. You can make the text for the exe file link say anything you want it too. For example:

  • Your website is hosted at Freeservers
  • The username for your website is "sunny"
  • Your website is located at http://sunny.freeservers.com
  • You uploaded the exe file to the main directory in your file manager on your website
  • The exe file is called "flowers.exe"
  • The text you want the reader to click on to download the exe file is "Click here for the exe file called flowers."
  • Your code will look like this:

    Click here for the exe file called flowers.

  • If you had uploaded the exe file to a folder called "fun", the code for the link to the exe file would look like this instead:

    Click here for the exe file called flowers.

    Test the exe file link

    If you are creating your website on your computer, before downloading the website, and the exe file, to your server, and you want to test the link to the exe file to make sure it works right you will need to link to the exe file on your hard drive like this: