.CGI File Extension

Common gateway interface script

Executable File
The .CGI file format (Common gateway interface script) is an executable script that is often written in either the Perl or C languages.

These scripts are most commonly found on web-servers, within a special folder named 'cgi-bin'.

When these scripts are called, they are executed on the web server and they process whatever task they've been set to do, before returning the result.

CGI scripts can be compiled so that they run more efficiently. If this is the case, you'll not be able to edit the cgi file.

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Sandra Henry-Stocker
2008-03-22 17:22:50
A .cgi file is a script that is run via a web site, often to process data submitted via an HTML form. The extension is not entirely arbitrary since special handling may be specified in the web server's configuration file.