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How to open a bin file

Updated July 20, 2017

Depending on the website or Bittorrent server, if you download a copy of a game it will usually be a BIN or ISO file. Unlike an executable file, a BIN file is a binary copy or complete disk image of a CD or DVD disk. In order to install the game or program, the disk image must first be burnt onto a recordable CD or DVD. Unlike an ISO image, to open or burn a BIN file you must have a CUE file as well. A CUE file is a list of instructions for burning the BIN image. Sometimes the corresponding CUE file is missing when you download a BIN file. Follow these steps to create a CUE file so you can open and burn your BIN image.

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  1. Right click on a blank space in the folder where the BIN file is located. Select "New Text Document." Once the document opens, select "File" and "Save As."

  2. When prompted, name the new document the same name as your BIN file using a CUE extension. For example, if your BIN filed is named "mygame.bin," name the new document "mygame.cue" and click "OK."

  3. Type "FILE "mygame.bin" BINARY" in the new CUE file (replace "mygame.bin" with the name of your BIN file) then hit enter. Type "TRACK 01 MODE1/2352" then hit enter again. Type "INDEX 01 00:00:00" and in the toolbar select "File" and "Save" then close the document.

  4. Open your favourite CD/DVD disk burning program, browse to the BIN file, then burn it on a recordable CD or DVD disk. MagicISO and Nero are a few examples of programs that will open and burn BIN and ISO images. The game or program disk can now be run from your CD/DVD drive.

  5. To extract the contents of the BIN file, open your disk burning program. Browse to the BIN file, click "Extract" and then "OK." The contents of the image will be saved on your hard drive as individual files. You can then access them like you would any other file.

  6. Tip

    Note that all quotations marks should be omitted except those surrounding the BIN file name.


    Make sure the CUE file you created is in the same folder as the BIN file or you will not be able to access or burn the BIN file.

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Things You'll Need

  • CD/DVD Burning software
  • CD-R/DVD-R Disks

About the Author

Kim Linton is a political analyst, computer technician and ministry advocate who has been writing for the Web since 2001. Her work has been featured on major news sites including "The Wall Street Journal" and "USA Today," and has been published on a variety of niche sites including "Woman's Day" and "Intel." Linton holds degrees in business and marketing from Indiana University.

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