How to Send .exe (Executable) File using Gmail?

Gmail does not allow us to send a file with extension .exe, .dll,bat etc due to security reasons. Gmail virus scanner stops these file types even these files are zipped or in any other type of archive. It is good for security purposes but sometime we needs to send an exe file such as setup file which is clean. In this condition we feel helpless and search any alternative to send this file. Here is a simple to use trick how to send executable file or any other file type using Gmail.

  • Download and install winrar [link]
  • Now make right mouse click on an exe file you want to send. You will find an option “add to archive”. Select this option.


  • You will see a screen named “archive names and parameters”. Here find the option “split to volume,bytes”. Enter the half or more than half-size of exe file in mb as shown in figure below and then press ok. The exe file will be split in two rar parts.


  • Now login to your Gmail account and attach both files and send them. You will find that the files will be sent without any problem.


winrar-splitting-file3 winrar-splitting-file5

How to extract the original file from these two rar parts

  • Select both rar parts and make right mouse click then select option “extract here”. And you will get the original file.


Thus you can send any file type via Gmail. The other  benefit to split a file in parts is that you can send a big file by splitting it in small parts.

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  • Puneet November 17, 2010, 1:50 am

    Remove the .exe extension and then send it 🙂

  • Rajat November 17, 2010, 3:25 am

    doesn’t work that way.

  • Puneet November 17, 2010, 7:55 am

    I didnt try it, just thought that it can work that way. thanks for informing

  • Mani Viswanathan November 17, 2010, 1:54 pm

    When I read the title I thought that there is trick to send exe files directly. This method was well unknown. Though thanks for posting. It may help others.

  • venkat November 17, 2010, 9:20 pm

    Just replace exe with txt extension, other user receive will change it from txt to exe this actually works its old trick , known to lot of Gmail users.

  • Rajat November 18, 2010, 11:28 am

    i don’t think that works venkat. gmail doesn’t check files using extensions.

  • [email protected] November 18, 2010, 11:58 am

    Thanks for all for their comments.
    Actually there are many other ways to send exe file to gmail and I think it is one of the good.
    But Gmail does not allow to send even after changing file name by adding .other or .anything for this you to change the file type to other than exe.

  • Frank November 19, 2010, 12:55 am

    Rather than mucking around with splitting files or altering extensions, have you guys tried an online file transfer service? My favorite is Filesdirect ( – especially since they just tripled the amount of storage they offer – but there are lots of them out there (dropbox, etc.)

  • Rajat November 19, 2010, 9:56 pm

    frank has a point.

  • Dave April 23, 2011, 12:43 am

    Changing to .txt DOES work. IT depends on your OS.
    Your OS, if it is a known extension to the OS you’re changing it on, will change it to a known file and change any associations with it.
    If you change it to *.xxx or something, it will not change associations and GMAIl will recognize the “imposter”.
    Change it to a file “known” on your OS.