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What is a UUE file?

UUE file extension is mostly used for sending documents via email safely, avoiding data corruption in the sending process. The extension was derived from Uuencode, a Unix program used for the encoding of files. UUE file format is native for Unix system and encoding and decoding of UUE files can be done easily with its embedded tools uuencode and uudecode. But, if you aim to use UUE files on Windows, you will need additional compression utility. Winzip is one of the best tool available for that purpose.

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How to open UUE files

  1. Save the .uue file to the desktop. If your compressed file was downloaded from a website, it may be saved in the Downloads folder in your Documents or user directory.
  2. Launch WinZip from your start menu or Desktop shortcut. Open the compressed file by clicking File > Open. If your system has the compressed file extension associated with WinZip program, just double-click on the file.
  3. Select all the files and folders inside the compressed file. Or multi-select only the files or folders you want to open by holding the CTRL key and left-clicking on them.
  4. Click 1-click Unzip and choose Unzip to PC or Cloud in the WinZip toolbar under the Unzip/Share tab.
  5. Choose the destination folder to place the extracting files and click "Unzip" button.
  6. Find your extracted files in the destination folder.

Open UUE files on Windows or Mac

WinZip 28
  • Windows 11
  • Windows 10
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 7
  • Internet Explorer 8 or later
WinZip Mac 10
  • Mac OS X 10.8, 10.9, or 10.10
  • Intel 64-bit processor
  • Supports Apple Retina Displays

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