The File Extensions Database

.SFX File Extension

  • Category: Compressed Files
  • Format: Binary

What is an .SFX file?

.SFX is Windows Self-Extracting Archive

Compressed archive containing one or more files; may use one of several different types of compression, such as .7Z, .ZIP, or .RAR compression; runs itself when opened and decompresses and extracts the contents; allows users to open the archive without needing a file decompression program.

SFX files can be created by several different programs, including RARLAB WinRAR, Corel WinZip, 7-Zip, ESTSoft ALZip, and Smart SFX Pro. SFX files created with 7-Zip may be extracted with PeaZip.

NOTE: Self-extracting archives commonly use the .EXE extension and not the ".sfx" extension.

Programs that open Windows Self-Extracting Archive
Microsoft Windows
WinRAR 5
Corel WinZip 23
Incredible Bee Archiver
File Type 2 SoundFX Audio File
Category: Audio Files

An SFX file is an audio file saved in the SoundFX format. It is similar to a SoundTracker (.TFMX) file, but is designed for sound effects. SFX files may include patterns and audio effects, but are typically short in length.

The programs that created SFX files are no longer developed or maintained. However, they may be recognized by some audio tracker programs like OpenMPT.

Programs that open SoundFX Audio File

How to solve problems with SFX files

  • Associate the SFX file extension with the correct application. On :
    Windows: Right click on any SFX file and then click "Open with" > "Choose another app". Now select another program and check the box "Always use this app to open *.SFX files". Mac: Right click (or Ctrl-click) the SFX file, then click "Open with" > "Other...". Then choose another program and check the "Always Open With" box. Linux: Right click on the file, and select "Open with" and choose another program. iPhone: Tap the file. If you do not see an app to open the file, then tap Share "Share" and choose an app. Alternatively, save the file. Then open the Files app Files app. There long-press on the file, then release your finger. You will see a black menu bar. Then tap "Share" and select an app. Android: Tap the Settings icon on your smartphone, then tap on the Apps section. There tap the Options icon in the top right-hand corner of the screen to change the default apps.
  • Update your software that should actually open .SFX is Windows Self-Extracting Archive. Because only the current version supports the latest SFX file format. Search, therefore, e.g. on the N/A manufacturer website after an available .SFX is Windows Self-Extracting Archive update.
  • To make sure that your SFX file is not corrupted or virus-infected, get the file again and scan it with antivirus software.