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.BIN File Extension

File Type 1Generic 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.

What is a BIN file?

A BIN file is a file that stores data in a binary format. It is different than a text-based file, which can be edited in a text editor. BIN files may be created by a variety of different programs but 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.

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Programs that open BIN files
Windows
Open with program that created the file
Mac
Open with program that created the file
Updated 7/14/2016

File Type 2Generic 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.

What is a BIN file?

A BIN file is an executable file used for running various programs. BIN files may contain both executable code and data required to start a program and 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.

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Windows
Microsoft Windows
Apache OpenOffice
Mac
Apple OS X
Apache OpenOffice
Linux
Linux
Apache OpenOffice
Updated 7/14/2016

File Type 3Unix 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.

What is a BIN file?

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.

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Runs itself
Updated 2/29/2008

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.

What is a BIN file?

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.

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Programs that open BIN files
Windows
Kega Fusion
DGen
Gens+
HazeMD
Ages
Mac
Genesis Plus
Kega Fusion
Linux
Kega Fusion
Updated 9/27/2016

File Type 5Macbinary Encoded File

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CategoryEncoded Files
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Unknown

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

What is a BIN file?

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.

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Windows
Smith Micro StuffIt Deluxe for Windows
Mac
Apple Archive Utility
Smith Micro StuffIt Deluxe 16
The Unarchiver
Updated 9/9/2015

File Type 6Binary 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.

What is a BIN file?

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."

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Windows
Roxio Creator NXT Pro 4
DT Soft DAEMON Tools
Smart Projects IsoBuster
PowerISO
Lightning UK! ImgBurn
EZB Systems UltraISO
Mac
Roxio Toast 15
NTI Dragon Burn 4
Updated 11/23/2012

File Type 7BlackBerry 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.

What is a BIN file?

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.

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Windows
Research In Motion BlackBerry Desktop Manager
Mac
Research In Motion BlackBerry Desktop Manager
Updated 2/16/2012

File Type 8Nintendo 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.

What is a BIN file?

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.

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Windows
NO$GBA
DeSmuME
DSOrganize
Mac
DeSmuME
Linux
DeSmuME
Updated 12/16/2015

File Type 9PCSX 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.

What is a BIN file?

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.

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Windows
PCSX
ePSXe
PCSX-Reloaded
Mac
PCSX-Reloaded
Linux
ePSXe
PCSX-Reloaded
Updated 1/23/2015

File Type 10Atari 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.

What is a BIN file?

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.

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Windows
Stella
z26
Mac
Stella
Linux
Stella
z26
Updated 12/16/2015

File Type 11Binary Video File

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CategoryVideo Files
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Unknown

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

What is a BIN file?

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.

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Windows
VideoLAN VLC media player
Lightning UK! ImgBurn
Mac
VideoLAN VLC media player
MPlayer
Linux
VideoLAN VLC media player
Updated 8/24/2015

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.

What is a BIN file?

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.

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Various router software
Updated 2/28/2012

.BIN Extension Information

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