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Dynamic-link library (DLL) is Microsoft's implementation of the shared library concept in the Microsoft Windows and OS/2 operating systems. These libraries usually have the file extension
OCX (for libraries containing ActiveX controls), or
DRV (for legacy system drivers).
The file formats for DLLs are the same as for Windows EXE files – that is, Portable Executable (PE) for 32-bit and 64-bit Windows, and New Executable (NE) for 16-bit Windows. As with EXEs, DLLs can contain code, data, and resources, in any combination.
|Internet media type|
|Uniform Type Identifier (UTI)||com.microsoft.windows-dynamic-link-library|
|Container for||Shared library|
Data files with the same file format as a DLL, but with different file extensions and possibly containing only resource sections, can be called resource DLLs. Examples of such DLLs include icon libraries, sometimes having the extension
ICL, and font files, having the extensions
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