How Do I Use or Open Bin, Cue, or ISO Files?

   Posted by David Kirk in Windows

People frequently get confused regarding these file types. Here’s how to use these files. Updated.

    *.bin
    *.cue
    *.iso

    These file extensions are commonly used to show that a file is an image of a CD or DVD.

    The most simple way to access these files is to use your CD or DVD Burner to burn them to a disk. Nero is a common program that is used to burn bin/cue files to hard media.

    One really nice thing to do is to treat these files as a virtual CD or DVD without ever burning them. Daemon Tools is one program that is often used to do this. Microsoft now has a free program that does this as well.

    The other place that *.bin files are frequently used are in emulation software. Gaming roms are often stored in compressed files full of bin files. If you have a zip file full of *.bin files, try Mame or some similar emulator.

Updated for some minor edits and spelling changes.

 

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97 Responses to “How Do I Use or Open Bin, Cue, or ISO Files?”

  1. October 08, 2008 at 11:36 pm, Muggle said:

    Thank you for this useful informations.

    Reply

  2. January 01, 2009 at 3:24 am, harvey said:

    i use PowerIso to open the files and put them on a virtual drive works great

    Reply

  3. January 02, 2009 at 7:55 am, blue64 said:

    oof, you might have just downloaded a virus, sorry dude. nothing EVER will ask you to replace ANYTHING in your (main drive):/windows/system32 folder cause the only thing in that specific folder that’s .dll is all your windows OS (Operating System) drivers which are all very important…unless you want a very expensive brick.

    Reply

    • September 19, 2009 at 6:58 am, Anonymous said:

      Nah, you could just use Linux, eh.
      Or reinstall Win again.

      (Unless you mess with the BIOS. Hehehehe. That’s the way to make your PC a brick)

      Reply

  4. January 10, 2009 at 4:47 pm, Umaid said:

    Power ISO player is also best , because it is doesnot require any CD burner and save lot of time. try it and enjoy.

    Reply

  5. January 10, 2009 at 11:04 pm, nems said:

    hey i downloaded a game on bitcomet for my pc. and when the download was complete the files are .bin
    how do i play the game..any know?

    Reply

    • January 19, 2009 at 12:45 am, FreeRyde said:

      Mount it

      Reply

  6. February 11, 2009 at 2:02 am, Timos said:

    http://www.poweriso.com/ works the mounting and manipulation of iso’s and others of the sort extremely nicely.

    Reply

  7. February 11, 2009 at 1:01 pm, BAss... said:

    Helpful, Thanks

    Reply

  8. February 12, 2009 at 5:28 am, biggMan said:

    ive downloaded a game which was separated in 4cd.. ive mounted all 4 cd in 4 different virtual device using daemon tool.. all ive got in every device was 3file- an image file, CNF file and another weird one, 92file… what the heck should i do with this… plsssss help!!!!

    Reply

  9. February 25, 2009 at 4:10 pm, Bladewarez said:

    Many thanks buddy, i was really stuck with the Game- Audio Surf, it was in Bin/Cue format and until i read this info on your page i wasn’t able to open it. but now i have read this is very clear, i just used Power ISO v4.3 (registered) to mount the image to a virtual drive, then it installed no probs.

    Cheers Dude

    Reply

  10. March 21, 2009 at 3:50 pm, luke said:

    hi. if u help refer to me as luke so i know ure helping me ;) i just dowloaded spyro the dragon on playstation 1 and i have a bin and cue file. i havent the foggiest what to do with these and have wasted 5 cds trying to get it to work. any ideas any1 plzzzzz :)

    Reply

  11. April 23, 2009 at 4:39 pm, Dave said:

    Thanxs for the info. I learned something new.

    Reply

  12. April 27, 2009 at 5:32 am, Anonymous said:

    i have ibm pentium 3 i downloaded battle realms wich i exrect then there comes flt.bin i not how to open it

    Reply

  13. June 29, 2009 at 1:29 am, pwnerer said:

    DOWNS t3h m-lakx est pwnxach 1337?!?!?!?!?!? (-_-)

    Reply

  14. July 19, 2009 at 2:16 pm, Anonymous said:

    ya well how do i open it??? i just got a torrent game and it has some cue and bin files i need to know how to put it on a disk, do i put the bin and cue files on a disk or just cue??

    Reply

    • July 23, 2009 at 4:25 am, Anonymous said:

      Use Daemon tools..Just google “daemon tools” and download it..then after installing the software ,use it to open the bin files..
      good luck !

      Reply

      • August 04, 2009 at 6:19 am, Brandur said:

        Or use MagicDisc to mount with, I find it to be way better than Daemon Tools. I also use MagicISO to compress or make ISO files if I get a file that is not made into a picture, or when I am making pictures of my own CD’s (God I love having the pictures and virtual drives, I always lose my CD’s xD)

        Reply

  15. August 25, 2009 at 10:04 am, aa said:

    .cue

    Reply

  16. September 10, 2009 at 11:49 pm, Minz said:

    my 2 cents.. download ‘undisker’.. i’ll do the job.. undisker can use for iso files as well.. i just used for bin file and worked.. gud luck

    Reply

  17. September 18, 2009 at 12:59 pm, Anonymous said:

    Hello folks, first time i have came across these bin files and not sure what to do regarding my burn process. 1. I downloaded game. 2. I unpacked game which gave me the usual ISO file & burn file but also gave me a file named Security_Sectors containing three bin files. I’m now confused on my next move regarding the burn process, can anyone help me?.

    Reply

  18. September 23, 2009 at 5:02 am, eckert said:

    just the info i needed, thanks. used alcohol and it worked perfick.

    Reply

  19. October 17, 2009 at 9:24 am, Anonymous said:

    I have Daemon tools and have used it before for another game which came as an iso file. When i opened that game it wouldn’t work, kept saying the CD-rom wasn’t there, but as makes sense, the game had a folder in it which was for the No-cd runaround. It was the icon to actually play the game which didn’t work in that folder, and a doc instructing me to copy that game icon to the program files, overwriting the gaming icon there.

    I’m sure people know about this as its probably a common technique for playing otherwise CD-only games.

    My problem is that I have another game now which is bin/cue format. I’ve got it mounted fine, it installed properly as it should and appears as my virtual drive, but it has the same problem, saying “Please insert the correct CD-rom, press OK and restart the application” and I can’t find any instructions for how to get around that amongst the rest of the game files.

    I’ve tried doing the same sort of thing I did with the first game but I’m pretty much just stabbing in the dark. Does anyone know how I am supposed to get around the “Must insert CD’ problem and have it work on my hard-drive?

    Reply

    • March 02, 2010 at 10:22 pm, Anonymous said:

      I’m sorry disk PLEASE HELP ME!!!! If you can you would be a god.

      Reply

  20. October 17, 2009 at 9:27 am, Anonymous said:

    Just to clarify, the first game I had worked fine and I play all the time. I have no problems with mounting or anything, that’s fine. It’s simply about how once it’s all done and I click the game to play it, it won’t work and says the CD-rom needs to be in there, even though I’ve already mounted it in a virtual drive. Doesn’t that defeat the point?

    Reply

  21. October 17, 2009 at 1:14 pm, Needz Help said:

    Yeah… Can I mount a .bin with this? I have been wondering, please respond back soon. im a little puzzled

    Reply

  22. October 27, 2009 at 1:34 pm, Anonymous said:

    Hey use daemon tools its free. You can access any files using this software. Or undisker.

    Bless

    Reply

  23. November 22, 2009 at 12:54 am, Anonymous said:

    Thanks for the useful information.

    Reply

    • November 28, 2009 at 3:26 am, Anonymous said:

      hi! i dl’d a game witch is in 2 folder “DVD1″ “DVD2″ so i got through the 1st but the DVD2 folders has these “setup-2a.bin, setup-2b.bin and a setup2c.bin” so how do i get through these?? is there a way to do it without using any burning programs?

      Reply

      • December 30, 2009 at 12:20 pm, Anonymous said:

        Cod modern warfare 2 ;) proper skidrow ;)

        Reply

  24. December 09, 2009 at 10:58 am, marty nation said:

    Uh, Yeah. and like what is the answer? you still never said how to use them. Or open them. You forgot to answer the question. I know you know how to do it but your answer isn’t an answer. You didn’t tell me how to. i still don’t know and will have to go to a different site

    Reply

  25. December 11, 2009 at 7:25 pm, Anonymous said:

    Just open the file with winzip or Winrar and it would work perfectly

    Reply

  26. January 03, 2010 at 1:29 pm, Pratik Mohapatra said:

    Yeah Nero works for this but the program is relatively heavier than daemon tools and alcohol….

    Reply

  27. January 03, 2010 at 1:30 pm, Pratik Mohapatra said:

    Finally , I learned to use the .iso, .bin and. cue files…..Sense of achievement……

    Reply

  28. January 17, 2010 at 1:00 am, Anonymous said:

    to open iso and view contents, you can download dolphin emu->open .iso-> right click-> properties. there you can view the contents and extract what you want. Shouldn’t necessarily need to be a game to do this although it is more ment for games.

    Reply

  29. January 31, 2010 at 8:27 am, Motivate & Inspire Blogger said:

    I successfully used magic iso to mount the .bin file! Thanks!

    Reply

  30. February 23, 2010 at 12:30 am, nonos86 said:

    i realy need help i downloaded a game as a torrent an it was all bin files and 1 cue file so i downloaded deamon tools and tried the virtual cd thing it opened and i tried to install it but it said “game is not installed. This setup will exit”
    plzzzzzzzzz help and try 2 b specific i realy don’t know much about how to use these stuf.

    Reply

  31. March 13, 2010 at 12:14 pm, Michael Jackson is KING said:

    thanks a lot!

    Reply

  32. March 25, 2010 at 4:04 am, Chandra Wijaya said:

    Thanks for bring this thing up. I really have no idea what is this bin file was.

    Reply

  33. March 31, 2010 at 10:15 am, Anonymous said:

    Why use .iso files? Are they compressed? Can you fit more data on a CD or DVD?

    Reply

  34. April 02, 2010 at 9:33 am, Mr Obvious said:

    “The most simple way to access these files is to use your CD or DVD Burner to burn them to a disk. Nero is a common program that is used to burn bin/cue files to hard media.”

    Really? I would never have thought I would have had to use my CD burning software to place bin or .cue files onto my CD! How about instead of stating the frackin’ obvious you give people a step-by-step guide in Nero, as you clearly have paid so much for your high Google placement?

    Reply

  35. April 14, 2010 at 7:10 am, Anonymous said:

    in a .bin file every file of a certrain game is stored. i recommend you to convert these to .iso, BIN2ISO might be a good choice. you burn a .iso file on a CD-ROM, so you are able to install it. but idd, daemon tools works just as well.

    Reply

    • April 14, 2010 at 3:34 pm, saji said:

      am download NEED FOR SPEED game . that ia 2 bin file…. am using nero 6.1 but not born …. no to write to CD plz help me…. my id iasaji09@gmail.com

      Reply

  36. May 08, 2010 at 7:52 am, hi said:

    I have a .bin file. How do i open it? It’s a game by the way.

    Reply

  37. May 11, 2010 at 12:32 pm, Anime said:

    Can’t you use PowerISO to extract the .bin files?

    Reply

  38. June 05, 2010 at 9:36 pm, YoWatUpAddict said:

    Hey, I downloaded the crysis demo. when it was finished it arrived as a bin file. I tried to mount it with DMT but it wouldnt work. anyone who can solve this problem???

    Reply

  39. June 23, 2010 at 2:46 pm, Dennis said:

    For anyone who gets the error about ‘Acces denied’ etc. I have the solution. Run the VCdControlTool as administrator. It worked for me ;)

    Reply

  40. June 25, 2010 at 4:08 pm, Peter said:

    I mounted on the demon tool but after I tried to start the program, they said I need to insert a disc. someone help please?

    Reply

  41. July 20, 2010 at 10:30 pm, Michael Richard Basher said:

    Thank you all,,, for the simple advice that can/could cause so much agro just for knowing/not-knowing,,, OH! and not forgetting the ‘humour’ so generated!,, Ace,,,(‘ ‘,)

    Reply

  42. August 01, 2010 at 7:43 am, jude said:

    can i use bin files to play on DVD after i burn in CD? or i will convert it?

    Reply

  43. August 11, 2010 at 9:36 am, Abofira said:

    thanx

    Reply

  44. August 12, 2010 at 9:29 am, Anonymous said:

    thank you

    Reply

    • August 28, 2010 at 11:44 pm, AssClown said:

      Like a boss!

      Reply

  45. September 12, 2010 at 7:00 pm, BNTDC said:

    Thank you very very much.

    Reply

    • September 12, 2010 at 7:01 pm, Anonymous said:

      No problem. Glad we could help!

      Reply

  46. September 13, 2010 at 2:41 am, LightningStrike123 said:

    win 98 is too old, you need xp at the bare minimum. i reccommend switching to vista or windows 7 and the best programme ive found for mounting to virtual disk is alcohol 120%, download free trial then get a keygen for it. simples ^^

    Reply

    • November 21, 2010 at 3:09 pm, Ghghhg said:

      LOL!! Your replying to a 6 year old post!!!

      Reply

      • November 27, 2010 at 7:20 pm, Glenians said:

        wat…d’^_^ u think that he can read ur repz… lolz:-0

        Reply

        • December 06, 2010 at 9:29 pm, Ustaz said:

          It did helped me . Thnx

          Reply

        • January 21, 2011 at 2:49 pm, Guestkkk said:

          helped me too :d

          Reply

      • March 03, 2011 at 9:51 pm, Ra. said:

        What goes on internet stays there! Let us get this post listed under Rule 34! Waiting to see results.

        Reply

        • April 01, 2011 at 5:39 am, Rodent44smb said:

          haha helped me too :D

          Reply

      • April 03, 2011 at 2:23 am, Snoobeagle said:

        LOL.. speaking of 6 year olds, why are you pleasuring yourself with the fact he responded to an old post, and like so many, typically misspelling YOU’RE?

        Reply

  47. September 14, 2010 at 1:08 pm, Henrik15795 said:

    i cannot open iso files tried several programs and nothing worked. Only winzip latest opened iso bios file not another programs worked in vista.

    Reply

  48. October 15, 2010 at 10:46 pm, william said:

    so i downloaded a game. its a 6 disc game and in my documents. so it’s splint into two categories. 1-6 of the discs are cue file and 1-6 of the discs are bin. is there a way to combined them or a program that will allow me to play the game. im pretty lost on what to do. i know one is audio and the other is video. i downloaded vlc but it didnt work. maybe i missed something, i really dont know.

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  49. October 30, 2010 at 7:07 am, BJ said:

    Hi. I’ve got some Super Smash Bros. Brawl (for Wii) screenies of Kirby, and I wanted to add captions, so I put them on the computer, and I couldn’t use them as they were .bin files. But I can’t figure out how to convert them to a usable picture file (prefferably JPEG or PNG) with Daemon Tools, can someone please help?

    Reply

  50. November 16, 2010 at 7:39 am, Abdultiger Ramdzi said:

    use alcohol120%

    Reply

  51. December 12, 2010 at 9:46 pm, Ffwefwef said:

    Hey question: How do i get the came to stop showing up with random color and such a small screen?

    Reply

  52. January 20, 2011 at 9:02 pm, Historybuff01 said:

    Hey, so I have a bit of an irritating problem
    I downloaded a program which needed installation. The instructions called for burning .cue and .bin file onto a disk. I searched, and could not find any .bin or .cue. There was a bin folder, but no files.
    I do not know if it’s related, but it was .iso compressed to start with.
    I am rather frustrated, and my free trial is limited. Any help would be very nice indeed.

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  53. January 22, 2011 at 12:22 am, Suzieq51 said:

    I have a disc that has bin files on them but i cant open then so have no idea what they are.

    Reply

  54. March 20, 2011 at 7:24 pm, WinterAssault said:

    I mounted hundred of games from website,

    For .iso file use daemon tools to mount it and install game also remember to paste crack from the mounted game. For .bin or .cue file just use magic iso/power iso to open the file and extract the content from it to install.

    Note : Daemon Tools FAIL to open .BIN or .CUE file

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  55. April 01, 2011 at 7:15 am, Nadeem said:

    hey people………i have bit of problem here………it goes like this..
    i downloaded matrix path of neo for pc which was in .iso format…..
    i created a virtual cd by mounting the file with powerISO……….the game installed and shortcut was created.
    but here’s the problem ..when i double clicked the icon the game is not running….
    PLEASE HELP……………………

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  56. April 01, 2011 at 7:20 am, Nadeem said:

    and as WinterAssault please explain how to paste a crack and where to paste it step by step.PLEASE…………

    Reply

  57. April 06, 2011 at 10:13 pm, Ehab Salem said:

    hi .,, some one tell me plz.. how to convert nrg to iso by using kiso

    Reply

  58. April 16, 2011 at 2:29 pm, Ad said:

    You can open these format with the software called “Magic ISO” or any ISO software. gauranteed

    Reply

  59. May 31, 2011 at 2:11 pm, Amogh :) said:

    i downloaded nfs 2 ( a game) and the files r in .bin and .cue format ….. what should i do now..?

    Reply

  60. July 09, 2011 at 11:50 am, Putanginaninyo said:

    Try fairuse wizard V2. its good

    Reply

  61. October 21, 2011 at 9:30 pm, morrisiv said:

    Can anyone tell me how to open a .bin file on an android.

    Reply

  62. October 29, 2011 at 9:18 pm, danish said:

    hey i downloaded a sony picture package in iso file. how can i use this?? please help me..

    Reply

  63. January 04, 2012 at 11:58 pm, Zart said:

    I installed a six DVD game (rage).
    I have a problem in DVD 4.I want to open a file is named “setup2c.bin” .a file in this bin file has courrepted i want to copy it manually to the directory of the game.I tried magic iso power iso daemon tools ….but I cant open it.please help me to find a way to access this bin file

    Reply

  64. January 07, 2012 at 8:16 am, Zart said:

    Anyone knows my answer?

    Reply

  65. February 10, 2012 at 4:27 am, Gaddy Juanda Sam said:

    finally, i can open any files without burn a DVD or CD!!!!!
    THANK YOU!!!!
    now i can install stunt gp

    TECH-RECIPES ROCKS!!!!!!!

    Reply

  66. February 11, 2012 at 7:08 pm, messed up said:

    I burned Bin file to the cd, and deleted Bin from my harddrive by mistake

    To play game, I mount the Bin file FROM CD… So if I burn CD, it’s going to burn the same BIN file and will not work as a CD to read the game….It’s so stupid.

    Can neone help with this? I dont want to download that bin again it’s like 1GB….

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  67. February 11, 2012 at 7:10 pm, messed up said:

    another question,

    if I mounted the game, and once I take out the CD, the mount is gone.. is there way to play the game without the damn cd and still have the Mount to exsit??????

    Reply

  68. April 13, 2012 at 7:29 am, Faisal said:

    I have MagicISO but it cannot deal with .bin files. Which software I use

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  69. April 19, 2012 at 12:54 pm, Bobby Dhanotta said:

    can i burn 3 bin files on 4.7GB the size of bin files are 2.02 GB

    Reply

  70. May 29, 2012 at 6:41 pm, Aditya said:

    I simply use WinRAR to open all the .bin and .iso files….

    Reply

  71. June 12, 2012 at 6:43 pm, Alan said:

    i downloaded moto gp 2 and found bin and a .cue file i tried to open it using winrar but failiure it says rar is etheir broken

    Reply

  72. June 24, 2012 at 6:56 pm, Mujeeb said:

    Nice Info, it helped me, Thanks

    Reply

  73. June 24, 2012 at 6:57 pm, Mujeeb said:

    Thank for the information, it really helped me, I used Daemon Tools..

    Reply

  74. June 24, 2012 at 7:03 pm, Mujeeb said:

    It really help me out. I used daemon tools

    Reply

  75. July 14, 2012 at 3:15 am, J said:

    Can you burn the files to 4.7GB dvd’s instead of using virtual drives and stuff

    Reply

  76. September 08, 2012 at 7:58 am, Raven said:

    Help ! I’m a newbie at this my ex used to do this Stuff , I’ve got a BIN file and a CUE file in both a CD1 and CD2 game i downloaded , ok I don’t know what mounting is I have a virtual drive but don’t know how to use it and I’m totally lost , please don’t make fun of me but I need help

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  77. October 06, 2012 at 7:57 am, female said:

    wow .. you reallly help me … can magiciso do the same as the tool you mentioned

    Reply

  78. July 26, 2013 at 6:33 pm, Eagleeye828 said:

    or you can use virtual clone drive

    Reply

  79. October 08, 2013 at 10:59 am, Mary said:

    I sent a Word doc attachment (resume) to someone through Google and that person couldn’t open the attachment. The person said it arrived as a .bin attachment which I don’t know about. How or why did the Word doc get converted to a .bin doc/attachment at the recipient’s computer? It was no CD/DVD. I hope I made myself clear… Thank you.

    Reply

  80. October 31, 2013 at 8:23 am, hayabusa said:

    thank you very much for the information.

    Reply

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