Operating systems and platforms such as Windows, Mac, UNIX and Linux all use the BIN file extension. The BIN file extension, which stands for “binary”, is generally associated with binary encoded files for use in different applications installed in the computer system.
In Windows, one can usually find files with a BIN extension associated with common data files or with disc (CD and DVD) images. In Mac, files with a BIN extension are normally used to transfer files online or over the internet. In Mac, files are frequently comprised of numerous files and folders called “forks”. Using a single BIN file, a user can store both data and resource forks together while maintaining file integrity. IN UNIX or Linux, BIN files are used as a part of a program, which can be executed on its own or compiled as a part of the application.
Since BIN files are generally generic binary files, it is often difficult to establish or classify the application that should be used to open or display its content. Even when one opens it in a text editor (which is definitely possible) it is still difficult to determine the program that it is associated with since it contains little or no clue at all about the program in question.
Below is the list of programs that are associated with BIN files:
|Mac OS||Apple Archive Utility
Smith Micro StuffIt Deluxe
Roxio Toast 11
NTI Dragon Burn
|Windows||Smith Micro StuffIt Deluxe
Golden Hawk Technology CDR Win
EZB Systems Ultra ISO
DT Soft Daemon Tools
Smart Projects IsoBuster