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.BIN File Extension

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File TypeGeneric Binary Executable File
DeveloperN/A
Popularity
4.1 (150 Votes) Thanks for voting!
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CategoryExecutable Files
File Format Description

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.

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

Program(s) that open .BIN files
Updated 3/18/2014

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File TypeBlackBerry IT Policy File
DeveloperResearch in Motion
Popularity
4.0 (43 Votes) Thanks for voting!
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CategorySettings Files
File Format Description

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.

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
Updated 2/16/2012

Binary Disc Image Icon
File TypeBinary Disc Image
DeveloperN/A
Popularity
3.9 (25 Votes) Thanks for voting!
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CategoryDisk Image Files
File Format 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."

Program(s) that open .BIN files
Updated 11/23/2012

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File TypeSega Genesis Game ROM
DeveloperN/A
Popularity
3.8 (6 Votes) Thanks for voting!
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CategoryGame Files
File Format 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.

Program(s) that open .BIN files
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Linux
Kega Fusion Icon Kega Fusion
Updated 6/17/2014

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File TypeMacbinary Encoded File
DeveloperN/A
Popularity
3.8 (18 Votes) Thanks for voting!
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CategoryEncoded Files
File Format Description

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.

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
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Mac OS
Apple Archive Utility Icon Apple Archive Utility
Smith Micro StuffIt Deluxe Mac Icon Smith Micro StuffIt Deluxe 16
The Unarchiver Icon The Unarchiver
Updated 2/17/2012

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File TypeBinary Video File
DeveloperN/A
Popularity
3.8 (26 Votes) Thanks for voting!
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CategoryVideo Files
File Format 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.

Program(s) that open .BIN files
Updated 1/2/2009

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File TypeUnix Executable File
DeveloperN/A
Popularity
3.7 (9 Votes) Thanks for voting!
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CategoryExecutable Files
File Format 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.

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

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File TypeAtari 2600 Game ROM
DeveloperN/A
Popularity
3.4 (9 Votes) Thanks for voting!
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CategoryGame Files
File Format Description

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
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Windows
Stella Icon StellaExternal Link
z26 Icon z26External Link
Icon PCAEWin
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Mac OS
Stella Icon StellaExternal Link
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Linux
Stella Icon StellaExternal Link
z26 Icon z26External Link
Updated 11/3/2010

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File TypeNintendo DS Binary File
DeveloperN/A
Popularity
3.4 (7 Votes) Thanks for voting!
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CategoryGame Files
File Format Description

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.

BIN files are commonly found within .NDS files.

Program(s) that open .BIN files
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Windows
NO$GBA Icon NO$GBAExternal Link
DeSmuME Icon DeSmuMEExternal Link
Icon Ensata DS Emulator
Icon DSOrganizeExternal Link
Updated 3/10/2010

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File TypeGeneric Binary File
DeveloperN/A
Popularity
3.3 (9 Votes) Thanks for voting!
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CategoryData Files
File Format 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.

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

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File TypePCSX PlayStation BIOS Image
DeveloperPCSX
Popularity
3.2 (13 Votes) Thanks for voting!
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CategoryGame Files
File Format Description

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.

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

Program(s) that open .BIN files
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Windows
PCSX Icon PCSXExternal Link
ePSXe Icon ePSXeExternal Link
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Linux
ePSXe Icon ePSXeExternal Link
Updated 6/6/2014

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File TypeRouter Firmware File
DeveloperN/A
Popularity
2.9 (9 Votes) Thanks for voting!
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CategorySystem Files
File Format Description

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.

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 Logo
Windows
Icon Various router software
Updated 2/28/2012