.BIN File Extension

.BIN File Extension

File Type 1

Generic Binary File

Developer N/A
Popularity
4.1  |  1598 Votes
Category Data Files
Format Binary

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.

More Information

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
Linux
Open with program that created the file
Updated October 23, 2020
File Type 2

Sega Genesis Game ROM

Developer N/A
Popularity
4.2  |  972 Votes
Category Game Files
Format Binary

What is a BIN file?

A BIN file is a ROM image of a Sega Genesis video game. It stores data dumped from a Sega Genesis game cartridge, which is an exact copy of the game. BIN files can be played on a computer using a Sega Genesis emulation program.

More Information

Sega Genesis game ROMs are typically used by gaming enthusiasts, specifically nostalgic gamers who enjoyed the console in the 1990s. While the games were developed to be played by the actual gaming console, various emulators have been developed to play the games on computers.

There are a variety of Sega Genesis emulators for Windows, macOS, and Linux. Some of the emulators are Kega Fusion, Genesis Plus, HazeMD, Gensplus, and DGen.

NOTE: Sega Genesis ROMs may also be stored in .SMD and .GEN files.

How do I open a BIN file?

You can open a BIN file that contains a Genesis ROM in any of the following Sega Genesis emulators:

  • Kega Fusion (cross-platform)
  • Gens+ (Windows)
  • Genesis Plus (Mac)
  • MD.emu (Android)

Programs that open BIN files

Windows
Free
Free
Free
Free
Linux
Android
Updated August 23, 2021
File Type 3

Generic Binary Executable File

Developer N/A
Popularity
4.1  |  970 Votes
Category Executable Files
Format Binary

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.

More Information

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

Programs that open BIN files

Mac
Included with OS
Linux
Updated July 14, 2016
File Type 4

Unix Executable File

Developer N/A
Popularity
4.1  |  333 Votes
Category Executable Files
Format N/A

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.

Programs that open BIN files

Linux
Runs itself
Updated February 29, 2008
File Type 5

Macbinary Encoded File

Developer N/A
Popularity
4.0  |  208 Votes
Category Encoded Files
Format N/A

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.

More Information

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 MacBinary files have largely been replaced by .DMG files.

Programs that open BIN files

Updated September 9, 2015
File Type 6

Binary Disc Image

Developer N/A
Popularity
4.0  |  195 Votes
Category Disk Image Files
Format Binary

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.

More Information

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."

Programs that open BIN files

Updated November 23, 2012
File Type 7

BlackBerry IT Policy File

Developer Research in Motion
Popularity
4.0  |  156 Votes
Category Settings Files
Format Binary

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 administrators to company computers; may be stored on the desktop or other locations specified by the system administrator when distributing configuration updates.

More Information

The policy.bin file is created by IT Policy Manager, a program included with BlackBerry Enterprise Server. Typically only company IT system administrators 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.

Programs that open BIN files

Updated July 10, 2017
File Type 8

Binary Video File

Developer N/A
Popularity
3.8  |  148 Votes
Category Video Files
Format N/A

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.

More Information

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

Programs that open BIN files

Updated August 24, 2015
File Type 9

PCSX PlayStation BIOS Image

Developer PCSX
Popularity
4.1  |  123 Votes
Category Game Files
Format Binary

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.

More Information

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

Programs that open BIN files

Windows
Free
Free
Mac
Linux
Updated January 23, 2015
File Type 10

Router Firmware File

Developer N/A
Popularity
4.0  |  103 Votes
Category System Files
Format Binary

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.

More Information

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.

Programs that open BIN files

Windows
Various router software
Updated February 28, 2012
File Type 11

Nintendo DS Binary File

Developer N/A
Popularity
4.1  |  100 Votes
Category Game Files
Format Binary

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.

More Information

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

Programs that open BIN files

Windows
Free
Mac
Linux
Updated December 16, 2015
File Type 12

Atari 2600 Game ROM

Developer N/A
Popularity
3.9  |  92 Votes
Category Game Files
Format Binary

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.

Programs that open BIN files

Windows
Free
Free
Mac
Free
Linux
Free
Free
Updated December 16, 2015
File Type 13

Nintendo Wii Data File

Developer Nintendo
Popularity
4.0  |  33 Votes
Category Data Files
Format Text and Binary

What is a BIN file?

A BIN file is a data file created by the Nintendo Wii, a video game console. It contains information about a Wii channel or saved game. BIN files store some information in plain text, but the majority of the file's information is stored in an encrypted format that can be read only by a Wii.

More Information

Nintendo Wii BIN files are saved to the following location on an SD card inserted in the Wii's front SD slot:

F:/private/wii/title/xxxx/

The xxxx is the four-character abbreviation of the game or Wii channel for which the file contains data.

Common BIN Filenames

content.bin - Name of the BIN file used by Nintendo Wii devices to store information about a Wii channel on an SD card.

data.bin - Name of the BIN file used by Nintendo Wii devices to store information about a saved game on an SD card.

How do I open a BIN file?

There is no known PC program that can open Nintendo Wii data BIN files. However, BIN files can be opened on the Wii that was used to copy the files to an SD card, and some BIN files can be opened by the third-party BootMii Wii backup program.

Programs that open BIN files

Windows
No known program
Mac
No known program
Linux
No known program
Updated June 2, 2021
File Type 14

GOG.com Game Data File

Developer GOG.com
Popularity
3.6  |  8 Votes
Category Game Files
Format Binary

What is a BIN file?

A BIN file is a game data file included with downloads from GOG.com, an online video game distribution platform. It contains binary game data that an associated setup.exe file uses to install a video game. BIN files cannot be used to install a game on their own, and they should not be opened.

More Information

When a gamer downloads a game they purchased from GOG.com, the download package includes a setup.exe file and one or more BIN files. Each BIN file contains game data that the game's installer uses to install the game. A large game's download package may include several BIN files, in order to break the game's data into smaller pieces and avoid download size restrictions that some Internet browsers use to prevent users from downloading large files.

If you are having trouble installing a game that you downloaded from GOG.com, you may be missing either the game's setup.exe file or one of its BIN files. Before attempting to install the game again, re-download the game's setup.exe file and BIN files from GOG.com, make sure the files are all located in the same folder, and then double-click the setup.exe file to begin installing the game.

How do I open a BIN file?

GOG.com BIN files are not meant to be opened. To use a BIN file to install a GOG.com video game, first make sure each of the game's BIN files and its setup.exe file are located in the same folder. Then, open the setup.exe file to install your game.

Programs that open BIN files

Windows
Not meant to be opened
Mac
Not meant to be opened
Linux
Not meant to be opened
Updated August 28, 2020

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