Asked by krisgiroux on 2005-09-19

what do I do the .bin in linux I am a very new linux user

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Sivan Greenberg (sivan) said : #1

Please provide more information about what you are trying to do, if you have a file with .bin extension and you got it from some software vendor, you usually just try to run it from the same location you downloaded it like this:


and if it's some kind of an installer, it would run. If you get a permission problem, you might try to do:
chmod 755 yourfile.bin

Steve Alexander (stevea) said : #2

I think .bin files can also be some kind of macintosh file. Can you still get stuffit expander for linux?

David Mandelberg (dseomn) said : #3

.bin files are also often used as firmware for e.g. routers.

WildKard (wildkard1) said : #4

.bin files are used for many valid applications. See http://filext.com/detaillist.php?extdetail=bin&Submit3=Go%21 for a good list. On the windows side of things it's probably best known as .bin and .cue which are used as CD Images similar to an iso file.

However item #1 of that list is "binary files" and unfortunately that could mean anything. Many *nix and non-nix applications use .bin to store anything from game data to debug code to a bios flash to dma's database of recepies.

As mentioned earlier, where did you get it from? that's the best place to start looking for answers :)

Hi, krisgiroux-

Have you made any progress with your .bin issue?

If you have, please consider closing your open ticket.

If not, let us know and we'll do our best to resolve the issue.


Jim Jones

Just a thought, but no one here mentioned diagnosing the file with the "file" utility.

If you open up a terminal, then type "file <yourfilename>" it will do a check on the file and report the data type. The "file" command is generally extension agnostic and will show what it thinks the contents of the file are based upon other criteria.

Neo (pudumula-gmail) said : #7

if u like to install type
chmod +x yourfile.bin

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