| What are .bin files for?
What are .bin files for?
The mystery solved, well sort of.
This is a very brief article but this has been an issue that
baffles allot of people, so figured I'd do a quick write u it it to clear
things up a bit on what .bin files are.
Bin files, unlike other files such as .exe, .wpd, .doc, .xls etc don't have an
actual program used to open them specifically. A .bin file is sort of a
universal file for binary file. So it can be anything from a rom for an
emulator, to image/sound data for a game.
There are a few widely used utilizations for .bin files. One of them is CD
images. It is similar to an ISO image. Usually a .bin file will also require a
.cue file that goes with it. Programs such as
Nero (etc) can
open these. The cue file is usually very simple and can be created by entering
the following in a .cue file.
FILE "C:\locationoffile.bin" BINARY
TRACK 01 MODE1/2352
INDEX 01 00:00:00
Then you would simply open Nero or other burning program that supports .bin
images and burn from there. Also, with daemon-tools it's possible to mount it as
a virtual CD ROM without even burning it, this is useful for testing to ensure
an image actually works, before burning it and realize you just made a coaster.
But like mentioned, .bin files are not for a single purpose. CD images is one of
them, but so is other things such as game roms and such.
Mame is a good example of an
emulator that uses .bin files.
.bin files have too many uses to list them all but CD images and ROMs seem to be
the two biggest users. AVG (and possibly other Avs) use them, windows uses them
(ex: mib.bin which appears to be for SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol).
I even found a bin file in my printer's driver directory. So they're used pretty
much everywhere and can be looked at in the same way as a file with no
extension, which has multiple purposes. The main reason each program won't just
come up with their own is probably to avoid using extensions that are used by
other programs. So "less important" binary files are usually just named .bin to
There's not much more to say about these files unless I start covering every
single use, so I will end the article here. I hope it cleared things up on what
.bin files do.
Written By: Red Squirrel