install from bin file in ubuntu linux

Asked by Wendell Brown on 2009-10-01

I'm trying to install the PHET physics simulations under Ubuntu 8.04. PHET supplies a bin file. How do I install it?

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Thomas Kr├╝ger (thkrueger) said : #1

.bin files are binary installers which re often used for proprietary software. In most cases you will just have to run them.
If you can not run with a double click make sure you have execution rights. But you should be aware of some things:

- A manually installed program is not handled by Ubuntus packet management system. You may not be able to uninstall it easily.
- You may need root privileges to install the program. In this case you will have run from the terminal with "sudo".
- If the software needs additional libraries you will have to install them manually.
- In some cases binary install may not work on special systems at all.

Best Cristi Nistor (cristi-nistor) said : #2

Executable files can be run from their location using in a terminal the command:


to make it executable run command:

chmod a+x your-file.bin

Note that you have to be in it's parent directory to run it ( cd /path-to-directory )

Good luck

Wendell Brown (brownw) said : #3

Thanks Cristi Nistor, that solved my question.