.bin

File Type 1 Macbinary Encoded File IconMacbinary Encoded File
File Format Standard
Usage Open manually
Rank ★ ★ ☆  Average
Description

Compressed file encoded as binary or MacBinary; commonly used for transferring Macintosh files over the Internet; ensures the Macintosh resource fork and data fork are kept in one file.

Open With
Windows

IconSmith Micro StuffIt Deluxe for Windows

macOS

IconApple Archive Utility

IconSmith Micro StuffIt Deluxe Mac

IconThe Unarchiver

Updated 2007
File Type 2 Binary Disc Image IconBinary Disc Image
File Format Standard
Usage Open manually
Rank ★ ★ ★  Common
Description

Disc image created from an optical disc; stores the binary data copied from a CD or DVD; can be mounted by the computer and recognized as a physical disc; similar to the standard .ISO disc image format.

BIN files are often saved with other metadata files that describe the disc contents. For example, they are often saved with a .CUE file that describes the ordering of data in the binary image.

If a BIN file will not open, it may be opened by some disk utilities by changing the extension from ".bin" to ".iso."

Open With
Windows

IconRoxio Creator

IconDT Soft DAEMON Tools

IconSmart Projects IsoBuster

macOS

IconRoxio Toast

IconNTI Dragon Burn

Updated 2007
File Type 3 Generic IconUnix Executable File
File Format Standard
Usage Runs when opened
Rank ★ ★ ☆  Average
Description

Program, or compiled binary file, that can be run on a Unix operating system, such as Linux or FreeBSD; may be run from the command line by typing "[filename].bin," where [filename] is the name of the executable file.

Open With
Unix

IconRuns itself

Updated 2007
File Type 4 Sega Genesis Game ROM IconSega Genesis Game ROM
File Format Standard
Usage Referenced by an application; not meant to be opened manually; may run a program or script when opened
Rank ★ ★ ☆  Average
Description

Game ROM of a Sega Genesis video game; stores the data from a Sega Genesis cartridge in a single data file; can be played on a PC using a Genesis emulation program.

Sega Genesis ROMs also use the .SMD file extension.

Open With
Windows

IconKega Fusion

IconDGen

IconGensplus

macOS

IconGenesis Plus

IconKega Fusion

Unix

IconKega Fusion

Updated 2007
File Type 5 Generic IconGeneric Binary File
File Format Standard
Usage Open manually
Rank ★ ★ ☆  Average
Description

File that stores data in a binary format; different than a text-based file, which can be edited in a text editor; may be created by a variety of different programs; typically cannot be manually edited.

Disk images are typically binary files, though they often use other file extensions. BIN files may also be used for firmware updaters.

Open With
Windows

IconOpen with program that created the file

macOS

IconOpen with program that created the file

Updated March 11, 2008
File Type 6 Binary Video File IconBinary Video File
File Format Standard
Usage Open manually
Rank ★ ★ ★  Common
Description

Video file saved as raw binary data from a DVD or other media; may be saved along with a .CUE file that describes what data is saved in the BIN file.

Since BIN video files may contain long streams of video, they may be several gigabytes in size.

Open With
Windows

IconVideoLAN VLC media player

IconLightning UK ImgBurn

macOS

IconVideoLAN VLC media player

IconMPlayer

Unix

IconVideoLAN VLC media player

Updated 2007
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