File Extension BIN

.BIN File

File extension: BIN
File type: Binary File

Notes about the BIN file extension:

To open this file type, a required software must be installed. Without it you only see a Windows message "The following file cannot be opened" (Windows 7) or "How do you want to open this file?" (Windows 10) if you double-click the file. There click on "More apps" and choose a suitable software to view such files on your PC or from email attachments.

The BIN file type is primarily associated with 'Binary File'. Binary files are used for a wide variety of content and can be associated with a great many different programs. In general, a .BIN file will look like garbage when viewed in a file editor and unless there is some clue in the ASCII portion of the file (if any) there is little one can do to determine which program a particular .BIN file goes with. The context of the file (where it is located) may help. Sometimes a CD or DVD image is circulated as a .BIN file. These images must be either written to a disc or opened using a virtual CD/DVD disc program. Note: This file type can become infected and should be carefully scanned if someone sends you a file with this extension.

Detailed information for file extension BIN:

Primary association: Binary File
Mime type: application/octet-stream, application/bin, application/binary, application/x-msdownload

Other applications associated with file type BIN:

  • AVG (Update File) by AVG TechnologiesThe file names typically relate to the update number. For example Update Number. 7.0.211 is in the file U7F211.BIN; Update Number. 7.0.2 is in the file U7lX2.BIN; and so on. The file is usually deleted by the updater but might be left behind. The identifying characters used for this association are - Hex: 4D 5A 20 41 56 47 , ASCII: MZ AVGProgram ID: AVG.Update
  • CDRWin (CD Image File)Often, this is an .ISO file. IsoBuster can interpret these files directly. Also Bin2Iso can be used to convert to the ISO format which can be burned to a disc. Related links: IsoBuster Data Recovery Tool, Bin2Iso
  • Linux ExecutableAlthough not required, some Linux programs use the .BIN extension. The Mime types used with this association are: application/octet-stream.
  • MacBinary Archive Format (Often used on Macintosh.) This association is classified as Archive. The Mime types used with this association are: application/macbinary, application/x-macbinary, application/x-stuffit.
  • Micrografx Designer 7 Project Image
  • MTK Chipset (GPS Tracklog)Manage iBlue, Qstarz BT-Q1000 and iTrek Z1 GPS data loggers on Windows, Palm, WinCE, Linux and Mac (opensource). The identifying characters used for this association are - Hex [position 5]: 00 04 01
  • Perceptron Scanner File Related links: RapidForm Free Viewer
  • SGI Powerflip
  • TenCORE Plug-in Helper Application by TenCOREAssociated with the file TenCORE Internet Runtime (TCRUN.EXE). The Mime types used with this association are: application/x-tencore.
  • Thomson Speedtouch (Series WLAN Router Firmware) by Thomson Telecom The identifying characters used for this association are - Hex: 42 4C 49 32 32 33 51 , ASCII: BLI223Q
  • Unknown Apple II File ((found on Golden Orchard Apple II CD Rom))

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File Identifier - TrID
'Identifying characters' used on are
provided by Marco Pontello from his TrID database

To change file associations press Windows Key + X and then Apps and Features > Default apps > Choose default apps by file type. Invalid file associations could be the result of underlying issues within your Windows PC.

Technical data

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System Info for File Extension .BIN

The following listing is compiled from the database produced by the 'Associate This!' program, selected data from the main FILExt database and information FILExt collected directly from user systems.

ProgramID: StuffIt.Encoded.File.Expand, FileType: StuffIt Encoded File, AppName: StuffIt for Windows 8.0
EXEFile: stuffit.exe

ProgramID: UltraEdit.bin, AppName: UltraEdit-32 Professional Text/Hex Editor

ProgramID: WinISO, FileType: CDROM Image Files, AppName: WinISO

ProgramID: AppReg5
EXEFile: %ProgramFiles%\Batronix\Prog-Studio %1

ProgramID: BinFileImage
EXEFile: %ProgramFiles%\IsoBuster\IsoBuster.exe %1

ProgramID: BinFileImage
EXEFile: %ProgramFiles%\Smart Projects\IsoBuster\IsoBuster.exe %1

ProgramID: BinFileImage
EXEFile: D:\IsoBuster\IsoBuster.exe %1

ProgramID: BinFileImage
EXEFile: E:\Isobuster\IsoBuster.exe %1

ProgramID: binimage
EXEFile: C:\XPB-Disc\UltraISO\UltraISO.exe %1

ProgramID: DiskImage
EXEFile: C:\mp3z\NES\Apple II\APPLEWIN.EXE %1

ProgramID: NemuROM
EXEFile: C:\Documents and Settings\Sean\My Documents\nemu07\NEMU.EXE %1

ProgramID: StuffIt.Encoded.File.Expand
EXEFile: %ProgramFiles%\Aladdin Systems\StuffIt Standard\stuffit.exe -expand %1 -from_shell

ProgramID: StuffIt.Encoded.File.Expand
EXEFile: %ProgramFiles%\Aladdin Systems\StuffIt\\stuffit.exe -expand %1 -from_shell -override_open_tutorial

ProgramID: StuffIt.Encoded.File.Expand
EXEFile: %ProgramFiles%\StuffIt Standard\stuffit.exe -expand %1 -from_shell

ProgramID: UltraEdit.bin
EXEFile: %ProgramFiles%\UltraEdit\uedit32.exe %1

ProgramID: WinISO
EXEFile: %ProgramFiles%\WinISO\WinISO.EXE %1

ProgramID: ZipZag.bin
EXEFile: %ProgramFiles%\ZipZag\zipzag.exe %1

ProgramID: CA2000.Document
EXEFile: %ProgramFiles%\Setup\BROADB~1\Setup.exe %1

ProgramID: elby.VCDMount.1
EXEFile: %ProgramFiles%\Elaborate Bytes\VirtualCloneDrive\VCDMount.exe %1

ProgramID: binimage
EXEFile: %ProgramFiles%\UltraISO\UltraISO.exe %1

ProgramID: Bootvis Trace File
EXEFile: %ProgramFiles%\Microsoft Bootvis\BootVis.exe %1

ProgramID: StuffIt.Encoded.File.Expand
EXEFile: %ProgramFiles%\Allume Systems\StuffIt\stuffit.exe -expand %1 -from_shell -override_open_tutorial

ProgramID: mplayer-win32
EXEFile: %ProgramFiles%\MPlayer\mplayer.exe -idx %1

ProgramID: fastmountfile
EXEFile: %ProgramFiles%\D-Tools\FastMount\fastmount.exe %1

ProgramID: AdminExe
EXEFile: %ProgramFiles%\Apple Computer\AirPort Extreme Admin Utility\Admin.exe %1

ProgramID: IZArc
EXEFile: %ProgramFiles%\IZARC\IZARC.EXE %1

ProgramID: PowerDesk.Archive
EXEFile: %ProgramFiles%\VCOM\PowerDesk\PDExplo.exe %1

ProgramID: UltraEdit.bin
EXEFile: %ProgramFiles%\IDM Computer Solutions\UltraEdit-32\uedit32.exe %1

ProgramID: DiskImage
EXEFile: C:\Documents and Settings\Josh Allen\My Documents\GAMES\AppleWin\APPLEWIN.EXE %1

ProgramID: VisualBoyAdvance.Binary
EXEFile: F:\Documents and Settings\Matthew\Desktop\vba\VisualBoyAdvance.exe %1

ProgramID: FDT3.Document
EXEFile: %ProgramFiles%\Renesas\FDT3.2\FDT.exe /DISCRETESTARTUP osre \%1\

ProgramID: icnsfile_Aha
EXEFile: %ProgramFiles%\Axialis\IconWorkshop\IconWorkshop.exe %1

ProgramID: PAISO
EXEFile: %ProgramFiles%\PowerArchiver\POWERARC.EXE %1

ProgramID: IsoBuster.bin
EXEFile: %ProgramFiles%\Smart Projects\IsoBuster\IsoBuster.exe %1

ProgramID: DUP5.Files
EXEFile: %ProgramFiles%\Dragon UnPACKer 5\drgunpack5.exe

ProgramID: ExtractNow
EXEFile: %ProgramFiles%\ExtractNow\extractnow.exe

ProgramID: IZArcBIN
EXEFile: %ProgramFiles%\IZArc\IZArc.exe

ProgramID: PowerISO
EXEFile: %ProgramFiles%\PowerISO\PowerISO.exe

ProgramID: IsoBuster.bin
EXEFile: %ProgramFiles%\IsoBuster\IsoBuster.exe

ProgramID: MPlayerFileVideo
EXEFile: %ProgramFiles%\MPlayer for Windows\MPUI.exe

ProgramID: StuffIt.Encoded.File.Expand
EXEFile: %ProgramFiles%\Smith Micro\StuffIt\stuffit.exe -expand -from_shell -override_open_tutorial

ProgramID: ALZip.bin
EXEFile: %ProgramFiles%\ESTsoft\ALZip\ALZip.exe

ProgramID: StuffIt11.Archive.Open.Generic
EXEFile: %ProgramFiles%\Smith Micro\StuffIt11\StuffIt11.exe -o

ProgramID: TCbinFile
EXEFile: %ProgramFiles%\TCRUN90\TCRUN.EXE

ProgramID: icnsfile
EXEFile: %ProgramFiles%\Axialis\IconWorkshop\IconWorkshop.exe

ProgramID: PowerISO
EXEFile: %ProgramFiles%\_CDvD\PowerISO\PowerISO.exe

ProgramID: IZArcBIN
EXEFile: %ProgramFiles%\IZArc\IZArc.exe

ProgramID: PowerCDGPlayerPro.Document
EXEFile: %ProgramFiles%\Doblon\POWERC~1\CDGPLA~1.EXE

ProgramID: MPlayerFileVideo
EXEFile: %ProgramFiles%\MPlayer\mplayer\smplayer_portable.exe

ProgramID: UltraEdit.bin
EXEFile: %ProgramFiles%\IDM Computer Solutions\UltraEdit\Uedit32.exe

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