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File Type 1Generic Binary Executable File

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CategoryExecutable Files
FormatBinary

Binary

This file is saved in a binary format, which requires a specific program to read its contents.

Definition

Executable file used for running various programs; may contain both executable code and data required to start a program; may be created for Mac, Windows, or Unix platforms.

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An example binary executable file is soffice.bin, the quick starter program for OpenOffice.org.

Program(s) that open .BIN files
Microsoft Windows LogoWindows
Microsoft Windows
Apache OpenOffice
Mac OS X LogoMac OS
Apple OS X
Apache OpenOffice
Linux LogoLinux
Linux
Apache OpenOffice
Updated 1/13/2015

File Type 2Unix Executable File

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CategoryExecutable Files
FormatN/A

Unknown

File format categories include Binary, Text, XML, and Zip. The format of this file type has not been determined.

Definition

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.

Program(s) that open .BIN files
Linux LogoLinux
Runs itself
Updated 2/29/2008

File Type 3Macbinary Encoded File

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CategoryEncoded Files
FormatN/A

Unknown

File format categories include Binary, Text, XML, and Zip. The format of this file type has not been determined.

Definition

Compressed file that is encoded as binary or MacBinary; stores a finder header, data fork, and resource fork; ensures the Macintosh Hierarchical File System (HFS) resource fork and data fork are both kept in one file; commonly used to transfer Macintosh files over the Internet.

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There are multiple MacBinary formats: MacBinary, MacBinary II, and MacBinary III. MacBinary files have largely been replaced by .DMG files.

Program(s) that open .BIN files
Microsoft Windows LogoWindows
Smith Micro StuffIt Deluxe 2010
Mac OS X LogoMac OS
Apple Archive Utility
Smith Micro StuffIt Deluxe 16
The Unarchiver
Updated 2/17/2012

File Type 4Sega Genesis Game ROM

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CategoryGame Files
FormatBinary

Binary

This file is saved in a binary format, which requires a specific program to read its contents.

Definition

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.

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Sega Genesis ROMs also use the .SMD file extension.

Program(s) that open .BIN files
Microsoft Windows LogoWindows
Kega Fusion
DGen
Gens
Gens+
HazeMD
Ages
Mac OS X LogoMac OS
Genesis Plus
Kega Fusion
Linux LogoLinux
Kega Fusion
Updated 6/17/2014

File Type 5BlackBerry IT Policy File

DeveloperResearch in Motion
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CategorySettings Files
FormatBinary

Binary

This file is saved in a binary format, which requires a specific program to read its contents.

Definition

Configuration file named policy.bin and used for making administrative updates to BlackBerry Desktop Software and the BlackBerry Wireless Handheld; often distributed by IT system adminstrators to company computers; may be stored on the desktop or other locations specified by the system administrator when distributing configuration updates.

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The policy.bin file is created by IT Policy Manager, a program included with BlackBerry Enterprise Server. Typically only company IT system adminstrators interact with this software to create and distribute the BIN files.

When the BlackBerry Desktop Software is opened, it searches for the policy.bin file to make any policy changes to the software and to connected BlackBerry devices. The location of the file is specified in the Windows registry with the key HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Research In Motion\BlackBerry\Policy Manager\Path. If this key doesn't exist, the C:\Program Files\Research In Motion\BlackBerry\ directory is searched instead.

Program(s) that open .BIN files
Microsoft Windows LogoWindows
Research In Motion BlackBerry Desktop Manager
Mac OS X LogoMac OS
Research In Motion BlackBerry Desktop Manager
Updated 2/16/2012

File Type 6Generic Binary File

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CategoryData Files
FormatN/A

Unknown

File format categories include Binary, Text, XML, and Zip. The format of this file type has not been determined.

Definition

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.

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

Program(s) that open .BIN files
Microsoft Windows LogoWindows
Open with program that created the file
Mac OS X LogoMac OS
Open with program that created the file
Updated 3/11/2008

File Type 7Binary Disc Image

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CategoryDisk Image Files
FormatBinary

Binary

This file is saved in a binary format, which requires a specific program to read its contents.

Definition

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.

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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."

Program(s) that open .BIN files
Microsoft Windows LogoWindows
Roxio Creator NXT Pro 3
DT Soft DAEMON Tools
Smart Projects IsoBuster
PowerISO
Lightning UK! ImgBurn
EZB Systems UltraISO
Mac OS X LogoMac OS
Roxio Toast 14
NTI Dragon Burn 4
Updated 11/23/2012

File Type 8Atari 2600 Game ROM

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CategoryGame Files
FormatBinary

Binary

This file is saved in a binary format, which requires a specific program to read its contents.

Definition

Atari 2600 ROM used by Atari emulators such as Stella and PCAEWin; contains an exact copy of the original game cartridge; used for playing Atari games on computers; commonly downloaded as a .ZIP file, which can be extracted to the BIN file.

Program(s) that open .BIN files
Microsoft Windows LogoWindows
Stella
z26
PCAEWin
Mac OS X LogoMac OS
Stella
Linux LogoLinux
Stella
z26
Updated 11/3/2010

File Type 9Binary Video File

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CategoryVideo Files
FormatN/A

Unknown

File format categories include Binary, Text, XML, and Zip. The format of this file type has not been determined.

Definition

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.

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

Program(s) that open .BIN files
Microsoft Windows LogoWindows
VideoLAN VLC media player
Lightning UK! ImgBurn
Mac OS X LogoMac OS
VideoLAN VLC media player
MPlayer
Linux LogoLinux
VideoLAN VLC media player
Updated 8/24/2015

File Type 10PCSX PlayStation BIOS Image

DeveloperPCSX
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CategoryGame Files
FormatBinary

Binary

This file is saved in a binary format, which requires a specific program to read its contents.

Definition

BIOS file used by PCSX and other variants of PlayStation emulation software; saves an image of the PlayStation BIOS, which enables the emulator to replicate the game console's functionality; allows games to be run exactly as they are run on the console.

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A valid BIN file is required for PCSX to emulate the PlayStation.

Program(s) that open .BIN files
Microsoft Windows LogoWindows
PCSX
ePSXe
PCSX-Reloaded
Mac OS X LogoMac OS
PCSX-Reloaded
Linux LogoLinux
ePSXe
PCSX-Reloaded
Updated 1/23/2015

File Type 11Nintendo DS Binary File

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CategoryGame Files
FormatBinary

Binary

This file is saved in a binary format, which requires a specific program to read its contents.

Definition

Binary file used by the Nintendo DS series portable gaming systems; contains executable data for a Nintendo DS game; can be used to patch, or modify, emulated Nintendo games for DS emulators.

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NOTE: BIN files are commonly found within .NDS files.

Program(s) that open .BIN files
Microsoft Windows LogoWindows
NO$GBA
DeSmuME
Ensata DS Emulator
DSOrganize
Mac OS X LogoMac OS
DeSmuME
Linux LogoLinux
DeSmuME
Updated 1/23/2015

File Type 12Router Firmware File

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CategorySystem Files
FormatBinary

Binary

This file is saved in a binary format, which requires a specific program to read its contents.

Definition

Firmware file used by several different brands of routers, including some of those from Linksys, D-Link, and Belkin; contains low-level system data that runs the device; used for upgrading router firmware and often downloaded from router product support pages.

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BIN files are usually installed using the router's user interface. For example, many Linksys routers have a browser-based program that includes an Administration tab with a "Firmware Upgrade" option that is used to load the BIN file. To get specific instructions for upgrading your router's firmware, consult the manufacturer's documentation.

Program(s) that open .BIN files
Microsoft Windows LogoWindows
Various router software
Updated 2/28/2012