Opening BIN files

Have a problem opening a .BIN file? We collect information about file formats and can explain what BIN files are. Additionally we recommend software suitable for opening or converting such files.

What is the .BIN file type?

The BIN file format normally represents a virtual image of an optical disc. Due to its ability to preserve the exact data structure and registry, the .bin format is often used for high quality disc cloning and backup. There is no need to convert individual files copied from a CD/DVD into other file formats.

BIN files contain binary code instead of compressed files and folders. They can be created and used by numerous computer applications and games - for example, you can download an update for your anti-virus software or additional images for a game in the .bin format. The information is stored in the form of numeric values, so the file content is not human-readable.

Since BIN is a universal format that is not associated with any particular program or application, it often requires additional data files to be opened properly. For example, .bin files can be saved with an accompanying .cue file which describes the inside content of the disc image and specifies the program that can open and run it.

Software to open or convert BIN files

You can open BIN files with the following programs:
VLC media player
VLC media player by VideoLAN
PowerISO by Power Software Ltd
VirtualCloneDrive by Elaborate Bytes

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