The File Extensions Database


.BIN File Extension

  • Category: Game Files
  • Format: Binary

What is an .BIN file?

.BIN is Sega Genesis Game ROM

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.

Programs that open Sega Genesis Game ROM
Windows
Kega Fusion
DGen
Gens+
HazeMD
Ages
Mac
Genesis Plus
Kega Fusion
Linux
Kega Fusion
File Type 2 Unix Executable File
Category: Executable Files

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.

File Type 3 Generic Binary File
Category: Data Files

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.

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

File Type 4 Binary Disc Image
Category: Disk Image Files Format: Binary

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."

Programs that open Binary Disc Image
Windows
Roxio Creator NXT Pro 6
DT Soft DAEMON Tools
Smart Projects IsoBuster
PowerISO
Lightning UK! ImgBurn
EZB Systems UltraISO
Mac
Roxio Toast 17
NTI Dragon Burn 4
File Type 5 Generic Binary Executable File
Category: Executable Files Format: Binary

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.

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

Programs that open Generic Binary Executable File
Windows
Microsoft Windows
Apache OpenOffice
Mac
Apple OS X
Apache OpenOffice
Linux
Linux
Apache OpenOffice
File Type 6 Macbinary Encoded File
Category: Encoded Files

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.

Programs that open Macbinary Encoded File
Windows
Smith Micro StuffIt Deluxe for Windows
Mac
Apple Archive Utility
Smith Micro StuffIt Deluxe 16
The Unarchiver
File Type 7 PCSX PlayStation BIOS Image
Developer by: PCSX Category: Game Files Format: Binary

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.

Programs that open PCSX PlayStation BIOS Image
Windows
PCSX
ePSXe
PCSX-Reloaded
Mac
PCSX-Reloaded
Linux
ePSXe
PCSX-Reloaded
File Type 8 Nintendo DS Binary File
Category: Game Files Format: Binary

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.

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

Programs that open Nintendo DS Binary File
Windows
NO$GBA
DeSmuME
DSOrganize
Mac
DeSmuME
Linux
DeSmuME
File Type 9 BlackBerry IT Policy File
Developer by: Research in Motion Category: Settings Files Format: Binary

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.

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 BlackBerry IT Policy File
Windows
Research In Motion BlackBerry Desktop Manager
Mac
Research In Motion BlackBerry Desktop Manager
File Type 10 Router Firmware File
Category: System Files Format: Binary

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.

File Type 11 Atari 2600 Game ROM
Category: Game Files Format: Binary

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 Atari 2600 Game ROM
Windows
Stella
z26
Mac
Stella
Linux
Stella
z26
File Type 12 Binary Video File
Category: Video Files

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.

Programs that open Binary Video File
Windows
VideoLAN VLC media player
Lightning UK! ImgBurn
Mac
VideoLAN VLC media player
MPlayer
Linux
VideoLAN VLC media player
File Type 13 Nintendo Wii Data File
Developer by: Nintendo Category: Data Files

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

Nintnedo Wii BIN files are saved to the following location in an SD card inserted in the front SD slot of the Wii:

F:/private/wii/title/xxxx/

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

NOTE: There is no known program that can open Nintendo Wii data BIN files. However, BIN files can be opened in a Wii as long as it is the original Wii used to copy the BIN file to the SD card.

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 to solve problems with BIN files

  • Associate the BIN file extension with the correct application. On :
    Windows: Right click on any BIN file and then click "Open with" > "Choose another app". Now select another program and check the box "Always use this app to open *.BIN files". Mac: Right click (or Ctrl-click) the BIN file, then click "Open with" > "Other...". Then choose another program and check the "Always Open With" box. Linux: Right click on the file, and select "Open with" and choose another program. iPhone: Tap the file. If you do not see an app to open the file, then tap Share "Share" and choose an app. Alternatively, save the file. Then open the Files app Files app. There long-press on the file, then release your finger. You will see a black menu bar. Then tap "Share" and select an app. Android: Tap the Settings icon on your smartphone, then tap on the Apps section. There tap the Options icon in the top right-hand corner of the screen to change the default apps.
  • Update your software that should actually open .BIN is Sega Genesis Game ROM. Because only the current version supports the latest BIN file format. Search, therefore, e.g. on the N/A manufacturer website after an available .BIN is Sega Genesis Game ROM update.
  • To make sure that your BIN file is not corrupted or virus-infected, get the file again and scan it with antivirus software.