BIN File - opening and understanding

Did your computer fail to open a BIN file? We explain what they are used for and recommend software that we know can open or otherwise handle your .BIN files.

What is a BIN file?

The .bin file extension is most commonly associated with compressed binary files. These files are used by many different computer applications and for a variety of purposes. The .bin extension is commonly used with CD and DVD backup image files and certain anti-virus programs. The BIN files contain binary code that is used by the different applications on your computer.

In some cases, the BIN files are saved in basic binary format and can be opened with a text editor. However, there are some BIN files that are created by certain computer applications, such as Roxio Creator, that must be opened with the software that it was created with or with a compatible software application.

How to open BIN files

You will need a program compatible with the specific file you are trying to open, as different programs may use files with file extension BIN for different purposes.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 10 different BIN openers which you will find listed below.

Suggest another file format using extension BIN

While we know of one file format using the .BIN file extension, there may be more. It is widespread that different programs use files with the same file extension for very different types of data. Please let us know if you are aware of a different kind of .BIN file.

Various viewers for this file format

These apps are known to open certain types of BIN files. Remember, different programs may use BIN files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.

Free File ViewerFree File ViewerUser submitted
PowerISOPowerISOUser submitted
WinRARWinRARUser submitted
WinMount ApplicationWinMount ApplicationUser submitted
Final Media PlayerFinal Media PlayerUser submitted
Switch Sound File ConverterSwitch Sound File ConverterUser submitted
IsoBusterIsoBusterUser submitted
VideoLAN VLC media playerVideoLAN VLC media playerUser submitted
UltraISO PremiumUltraISO PremiumUser submitted
MplayerMplayerUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with BIN-files on Mac. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!
We have not verified any web services that we know for certain will work with BIN-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!