BIN (file format)

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Program and/or Extension Function: Binary File

Specific Notes: 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.

MIME Type: application/octet-stream, application/bin, application/binary, application/x-msdownload

Identifying Characters: (None or Unknown)

Program ID: (None or Unknown)

General Notes: Various programs use this extension; too many to list individually. Take clues from the location of the file as a possible pointer to exactly which program is producing the file. The file's date and time can also help if you know which programs you were running when the file was written.