How do I Open or Mount a Bin File Without a Cue File?

   Posted by David Kirk in Windows

You downloaded a CD image in a bin format. However, nothing will read it. Most software for mounting or burning the bin file requires a cue file and this describes how to create one.

You just downloaded the latest, baddest program from some torrent somewhere. However, it’s just a bunch of bin files. You realize these are CD images or ISOs, but you don’t know how to run them. The missing cue file is the key to your troubles.

You just create a text file that is named the exact same thing as your bin file except with a cue extension. In this text file you need this information:

    FILE “yourbinfilenamehere.bin” BINARY
    TRACK 01 MODE1/2352
    INDEX 01 00:00:00

Here are the step-by-step directions:

For example, we’ll start with an example file called gameiso.bin.

1. Right click on a blank space in the same folder
2. Select new text document
3. Double click to open your New Text Document.txt
4. Paste this into the file:
FILE "gameiso.bin" BINARY
TRACK 01 MODE1/2352
INDEX 01 00:00:00

Make sure you edit the text gameiso.bin to the exact name of your bin file.

5. Click File menu
6. Click Save
7. Click the Red X to close it
8. Right click the New Text Document.txt and select Rename
9. Rename it like your bin file except with a cue extension:
gameiso.cue
10. Now any program that can read CD-rom ISOs (nero, alcohol, etc) should be ready to read the file.

If you have problems, you may have not changed the extension on the cue file correctly. Be sure to show your file extensions to make sure you have actually changed it to .cue file.

 

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110 Responses to “How do I Open or Mount a Bin File Without a Cue File?”

  1. October 01, 2008 at 5:10 pm, KAI said:

    why do [list]

    Reply

    • October 01, 2008 at 8:35 pm, davak said:

      The [list] text was a typo. Thanks for pointing it out. The tutorial has been updated.

      Reply

  2. October 01, 2008 at 5:10 pm, KAI said:

    i dont get why u put [list]

    Reply

  3. October 04, 2008 at 3:59 pm, nono said:

    Sometimes what it takes is to rename from name.bin to name.iso and no amount of .cue knowledge will help.

    Reply

  4. October 13, 2008 at 2:39 pm, dsfsd said:

    u can also extract the bin using win rar then create another image using magic iso

    Reply

  5. October 17, 2008 at 10:33 am, fsd said:

    Yes it works for .bin files!!!

    Thanks alot

    Reply

  6. October 17, 2008 at 2:07 pm, mithu said:

    thank-u-so-much
    it-works

    Reply

  7. October 25, 2008 at 12:13 am, zappo23 said:

    Easy way to do it. DON’T rename the file AFTER you save it. When you go to save it, simply save it as .cue and it will work. I’ve done this several times and it has not failed me once. This is how I saved it.
    *.txt >>> /you see this in the save box
    Delete that and insert “gameiso.cue”
    Save it, and you have your new image file.

    Reply

    • November 16, 2010 at 7:11 pm, Desperator007 said:

      zappo u r the king. but tell since this is an expansion pack it is necessary to have cod1 installed in the system first

      Reply

      • November 16, 2010 at 7:13 pm, Desperator007 said:

        what you told has worked and ultra iso is reading the images. but plz tell me that is it necessary to have COD1 installed in the system first to make the expansion pack run??

        Reply

  8. November 11, 2008 at 3:33 pm, chelsea the best said:

    that’s not working i tryied to install emergency 4 wich has a bin file and it didn’t work

    Reply

    • November 18, 2012 at 5:06 pm, anonymous said:

      > you need to remember to start a new line on “BINARY TRACK 01 MODE1/2352″ so it looks like this

      FILE “yourbinfilenamehere.bin” BINARY
      TRACK 01 MODE1/2352
      INDEX 01 00:00:00

      not

      FILE “gameiso.bin” BINARY TRACK 01 MODE1/2352
      INDEX 01 00:00:00

      Reply

  9. December 29, 2008 at 9:36 pm, hhh said:

    Kick ass dude , i didnt knew it was this simple.

    Reply

  10. January 09, 2009 at 5:42 pm, Anonymous said:

    You are a life saver, Thanks

    Reply

  11. January 09, 2009 at 7:53 pm, Keikaku said:

    Honestly, if you’re using Daemon Tools, you can just mount the BIN file~
    No need for a CUE.

    Reply

  12. January 10, 2009 at 4:19 am, time2retire said:

    Thank you.

    Reply

  13. January 10, 2009 at 10:02 am, francisco said:

    great solution, congratulations!!

    Reply

  14. January 16, 2009 at 12:57 pm, Smiffy said:

    in control panel – folder options make sure u have unslected hide file exstentions etc……

    Reply

  15. January 20, 2009 at 6:38 pm, hytham said:

    thank you
    thank you
    thank you
    :-)
    after i download 4.5 giga
    it was a BIN file which did not open
    i look on the net
    nothing
    until i found this
    and it worked
    thank you
    thank you
    thank you

    Reply

  16. January 25, 2009 at 4:37 pm, Ax said:

    open notepad Write all that he says then Save as Gameiso.cue
    BUT REMEMBER THE OPTION UNDER THE NAME, TO SAVE IT AS ALL FILES NOT AS .txt
    AS .CUE

    Reply

  17. February 08, 2009 at 8:42 am, miki [ro] said:

    at ” FILE “yourbinfilenamehere.bin” BINARY
    TRACK 01 MODE1/2352
    INDEX 01 00:00:00 ” please remove the ” ” from “yourbinfilenamehere.bin” . some peoples can include the ” ” in the text file and with them doesn’t work.

    Reply

    • August 08, 2012 at 12:29 pm, Junkens said:

      > Thank you! I was having trouble! You saved me from lots of headaches! :D

      Reply

  18. February 09, 2009 at 2:49 pm, crax said:

    THANKS YOU SO MUCH!!! :D

    Reply

  19. February 16, 2009 at 4:05 am, rizz said:

    didnt work, it named my file playboymansion-1.cue.txt

    Reply

    • February 16, 2009 at 4:07 am, rizz said:

      saved it as all types, playboymansion-1.cue, but mounting it just freezes my pc, thanks for the bullshit post.

      Reply

      • February 24, 2009 at 5:45 pm, sadf said:

        do in ANSI it will work

        Reply

  20. March 06, 2009 at 1:10 am, Thank you said:

    wow, you are amazing thanks :D :D:D:D:D

    Reply

  21. March 20, 2009 at 7:23 pm, Mel slade said:

    Thank you so much this worked a treat. Thank you thank you thank you.

    Reply

  22. March 27, 2009 at 1:17 am, B said:

    Putting .cue doesn’t actually change the file type. Therefore Daemon tools won’t read it. Is there some way to change the actual file type?

    Reply

  23. March 27, 2009 at 1:22 am, B said:

    NVM, I went into my control panel and un-hid file types so I could really change it to .cue instead of of just naming it .cue.txt ;) works great. Thank you!

    Reply

  24. April 16, 2009 at 5:23 pm, Ryan said:

    If you have Daemon tools installed you can just mount the .bin. Change file type to “all files” so you see the .bin and double click it, it will mount.

    Reply

    • May 28, 2010 at 3:19 am, vicky nathan said:

      wow it works ,easy way friend thanks a lot .

      Reply

  25. April 19, 2009 at 7:25 am, anonymko said:

    thx very much, dude…

    Reply

  26. April 20, 2009 at 7:09 pm, adeev said:

    thanks u brother

    Reply

  27. May 07, 2009 at 3:26 pm, anik said:

    thank you very much………………….it works……………………..:D

    Reply

  28. May 09, 2009 at 9:13 am, anonumous said:

    thanx man , u rock

    Reply

  29. May 21, 2009 at 10:57 am, Leishtek said:

    sorry, but NOT all bin/cue files will have a single mode. so data CDs, for instance, will have multiple lines because the image MUST be written to certain sectors. This is because of copy protection! Keep that in mind. Look up cue on ‘wikipedia.org’ site.

    Reply

  30. May 28, 2009 at 6:02 pm, Charter said:

    If I have renamed my bin file and forgot the original name can this be done by matching both files name or I need to find the original name of my bin file to fit with my .cue text document ? =/

    Reply

  31. June 03, 2009 at 9:14 am, Francis said:

    Hey you a hell of a good taught. May god bless you with more for us

    Reply

  32. June 03, 2009 at 9:38 am, MIKE.UA said:

    Thanks a lot, its work ;)

    Reply

  33. June 06, 2009 at 10:25 am, X32WaysToDie said:

    lol well i downloaded civcity rome… and you dont even have to do any of this… lol i just used daemon tools, and the window that youre using from daemon tools has a little drop down bar in the lower right corner asking which files to display, well just click that and change it to all files or whatever it says, then when you see the bin file just double click it and it works. lol thanks to whoever originally put this on here, but it didnt work for me, so i experimented and found that you dont evn have to go through this lol

    Reply

    • November 24, 2009 at 4:47 pm, Anonymous said:

      lol:))…thx help me a lot

      Reply

  34. June 09, 2009 at 3:44 pm, guest said:

    great thanks

    Reply

  35. June 13, 2009 at 9:34 am, Moiz said:

    This was extremely helpful. Thanks!

    Reply

  36. June 17, 2009 at 3:39 pm, Efras said:

    this is in case your missing your cue file….dudes!!! and it willl WORK

    Reply

  37. July 07, 2009 at 1:06 pm, andy said:

    this method works perfect for me, thanks people

    Reply

    • July 29, 2009 at 10:24 am, Anonymous said:

      If you have problems do like said above remove the “tags”.

      Thank you very much! Good job!

      to save as cue file just open file, press save as then change “save as .txt file” to “save as all filetypes”

      Then it should work even on vista!

      Good luck all and Thank you!

      Reply

  38. October 14, 2009 at 5:31 pm, Anonymous said:

    worked great for me. thanks. Great tip for the future.

    Reply

  39. October 29, 2009 at 5:03 am, Name said:

    Thanks.

    Reply

  40. November 02, 2009 at 2:47 am, Anonymous said:

    great help. works like a charm

    Reply

  41. November 06, 2009 at 8:54 pm, Anonymous said:

    Thank you! :)

    Reply

  42. November 06, 2009 at 8:56 pm, Anonymous said:

    Thank you! :)

    Reply

  43. November 07, 2009 at 4:23 pm, Anonymous said:

    Thanks so much. You’re a great help.

    Reply

    • November 07, 2009 at 8:04 pm, Anonymous said:

      I tried doing thist it didnt work for me….
      I have windows 7…And Nero 7..

      Reply

  44. January 25, 2010 at 5:40 pm, Shiju David said:

    i cant open bin files

    Reply

  45. March 11, 2010 at 11:45 pm, Anonymous said:

    Thanks a lot TECH-RECIPES !

    thanks for the guidance, It worked and now I can view n use all my files of .BIN and .CU files.

    Regards,

    KS

    Reply

  46. March 29, 2010 at 8:25 am, Anonymous said:

    Yo, this works only if you go “Save as” and name it immediately. It didn’t work for me when I tried to rename it after saving text document.

    Reply

  47. April 06, 2010 at 4:51 pm, Anonymous said:

    Hi, I have a .bin file and follow your way to create a .cue file but it wont work when I try to burn it. The error message is : There is not enough space to burn this compilation onto this disc. Data to be written 0 MB ( 307,200 bytes )
    Space available on the disc 656 MB (688,281,600 bytes ). Kindly help me to solve this problem. Thks

    Reply

  48. April 10, 2010 at 6:09 am, Anonymous said:

    thank you it worked for me

    Reply

  49. April 16, 2010 at 4:11 pm, anonymous34 said:

    you dont save it as a .txt you just change the bar from text format to all files

    Reply

  50. May 15, 2010 at 9:46 am, Anonymous said:

    I did all of the steps but it didnt show up on Daemon tools. so i manually typed it in the Daemon tools search-bar and that found it :D try that if your isnt working! thanks a lot

    Reply

  51. May 18, 2010 at 3:03 am, dirgible said:

    In folder settings, you’ve got to unclick ‘hide known extention types’. What you’re doing is making a file called TCNYC CD1.cue.txt, what you want to do is change the actual type.

    Reply

  52. May 18, 2010 at 11:36 am, IT Geek said:

    Fantastic!. you are a genius. Works like a charm. I owe you a drink.

    Reply

  53. May 26, 2010 at 3:44 pm, ARandomGuy said:

    Thanks :>

    Reply

  54. May 26, 2010 at 3:44 pm, ARandomGuy said:

    Thanks a lot :>

    Reply

  55. May 27, 2010 at 10:38 pm, Max said:

    works like a charm.

    Reply

  56. June 08, 2010 at 1:10 am, corb said:

    which file do i mount after i created the cue file?

    Reply

  57. June 13, 2010 at 5:10 am, Ray_randall_07 said:

    OMFG Thank you for showing me that, I just re-downloaded diablo 2 and the disk 2 in the torrent didn’t work. the person had the binary mistyped haha

    Reply

  58. June 13, 2010 at 6:10 pm, |/00!33r|/|4|/ said:

    amazing trick but maybe it doesnt works for me cause i dont know english :P

    Reply

  59. July 02, 2010 at 10:18 pm, Lagoonav said:

    Windows 7 you have to ddisable hide extensions then go back and get rid of teh .txt on teh end of the file

    Reply

  60. July 13, 2010 at 6:11 am, Farrukh said:

    I do highly appreciate your guideline in the making cue file of bin file.

    Regards,

    Your well wisher

    Farrukh

    Reply

  61. July 28, 2010 at 7:27 am, trugg said:

    The other day I downloaded OmniPage pro17. When I opened the .rar file, it contained 30 or 31 .rar files. Knowing nothing about .bin or .cue files and just experimenting, I unrared the .r00 file to my desktop. There was a .bin and .cue file. The .cue said it was 1k so I mounted the .bin file with Magic Disk which popped up a box which said Run Autorun.exe or Open folder to view files. I opened the folder and ran Setup.exe and it installed perfectly. I guess I just lucked out. Next time I will follow your instructions as I just love learning something new. Thank you!

    Reply

  62. August 06, 2010 at 8:08 am, Mister_kupido09 said:

    ayee.. nice dude it works.! i’m not other stupid HERE that can’t follow! thanks by the way!

    Reply

  63. August 12, 2010 at 9:43 am, Guest said:

    excellent post…it works!!!!!!!!!

    Reply

  64. August 14, 2010 at 8:43 pm, Sal said:

    worked great, thanks

    Reply

  65. August 20, 2010 at 9:34 pm, Shado said:

    Thanks! Now I know how to make cue files…

    Reply

    • August 25, 2010 at 2:02 pm, Warchild said:

      Thnx a lot brother it really works…i dunno it won’t work work for others but it does for me

      thnx….rep up brotha… :) :) :)

      Reply

  66. September 05, 2010 at 7:14 pm, Sasdas said:

    wow, it worked. thanks!

    Reply

  67. September 29, 2010 at 3:58 pm, Nakul said:

    great!works successfully

    Reply

  68. October 03, 2010 at 8:08 am, Rkbal24 said:

    Cool mate. Its working. Thanks a ton

    Reply

  69. October 28, 2010 at 6:52 am, Wulf said:

    thanks heaps

    Reply

  70. November 01, 2010 at 5:57 pm, Noname said:

    thanks man ,, it works,,, you are awesome!!

    Reply

  71. December 16, 2010 at 9:10 am, Flopo79 said:

    thank youuuu

    Reply

  72. January 08, 2011 at 4:44 pm, Ajit said:

    this works perfect
    thanks a lot

    Reply

  73. February 02, 2011 at 6:54 am, T King0517 said:

    this was great thanks!

    Reply

  74. February 06, 2011 at 3:44 am, MadDog said:

    how do you know what the binary is? or do you leave exactly as it is written here?

    Reply

  75. February 18, 2011 at 7:26 pm, Fadfzd said:

    worked like a charm for me, with a random torchlight game download.

    Reply

    • February 20, 2011 at 9:40 am, James_obscure said:

      yeah i’ve got same download, but i don’t understand what “Mount”
      torchlight.bin means…

      iunno if thats the installtion file of or something or whats it ment to do. can you help me :O

      Reply

      • February 20, 2011 at 8:04 pm, Hiruko53 said:

        If it’s the one from Piratebay by fucteduppunk then I got it too and this didn’t help me either.

        Reply

  76. March 01, 2011 at 3:12 am, Daniel Ruben du Prie said:

    There’s an easier way, if you know what kind of file it is then rename it with its appropriate extension. For example if the *.bin file is an image of a music CD then rename the file *.wav and you’ll be able to play it in any MP3 or media player.

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    • March 01, 2011 at 12:28 pm, Anonymous said:

      hmmmm…. no.

      Reply

  77. March 03, 2011 at 6:42 am, Royalwizkid said:

    @AlexTheBeast….you’re also AlexTheBest… Thanks a lot buddy for ths valuable post

    Reply

  78. April 11, 2011 at 11:45 am, Thecageyone said:

    Worked a treat for the Torchlight torrent I grabbed from TPB.

    Create the text file, untick ‘hide known extension types’ as stated above, rename the text file to ‘Torchlight.cue’ and it mounts no problem. Oh, and mount the .cue file not the .bin :)

    Reply

  79. September 01, 2011 at 10:47 am, CD said:

    Thanks Man! You are a genius! :)

    Reply

  80. September 05, 2011 at 8:02 am, thankyou said:

    thank you :)

    Reply

  81. October 13, 2011 at 7:26 am, name said:

    Not working. I have downloaded two big .bin files (2Gb each). Daemon Tools says: “Unable to mount image. File not accessible.”

    Reply

  82. October 13, 2011 at 5:33 pm, miceland said:

    worked like a charm. Good instructions .
    thanks

    Reply

  83. December 18, 2011 at 4:22 am, antiskullz said:

    worked !!!
    thanks !! is so simple :D

    Reply

  84. December 30, 2011 at 9:38 am, TheMan said:

    I thought I was the man! You have but taken my thrown my friend

    Reply

  85. December 31, 2011 at 12:06 pm, Sedentarius said:

    Thank you! :D

    Reply

  86. January 01, 2012 at 7:28 pm, Da Miz said:

    Okay here what i do:

    Now i saved the TEXT NOTEPAD as a CUE file then i mount it then it said ” Cannot read file please re-download it or get a new one ” I mount it using MagicIso then after that 2 hrs later it worked so i play my game (Praetorians) then i click it 2x then i wait 5 seconds then it said ” Cannot read file please re-download it or get a new one ” WTF is going on? WAT IS GOING ON?

    Reply

  87. January 04, 2012 at 3:19 am, dimitri said:

    im eternally gratefull.. hope to finish d game… :P

    Reply

  88. December 11, 2012 at 6:05 pm, Deedee said:

    You are fantastic. Helped me out so much I have been trying to find a solution for days. thanks you

    Reply

  89. February 26, 2013 at 3:50 pm, Ramin said:

    hey buddy!!
    thats realy works!!
    tnx!
    ;)

    Reply

  90. March 13, 2013 at 3:05 pm, friso said:

    thx it works for me

    Reply

  91. July 29, 2013 at 5:10 am, Fazal Rehman said:

    hey guyz… the codes which u showed us to put in the text document. Is it will be the same in case if we have more than one .bin files in one folder?????
    plzzz reply me…

    Reply

  92. October 20, 2013 at 11:33 am, victor said:

    or simply rename the file from gameiso.bin to gameiso.iso

    Reply

  93. December 26, 2013 at 1:40 am, anbuz said:

    I need for Html Tagging qc software.,
    i have image file that image files are manually typed to notepad, after that compare to image and find the errors with these 2 (image file and typed file) documents….

    Reply

  94. December 28, 2013 at 6:35 pm, neoqueto said:

    Thanks, this article helped me fixing a broken .cue file!

    Reply

  95. January 02, 2014 at 12:35 pm, Dee said:

    Worked like a charm on Mac; was able to play a bin video file in VLC after creating the cue file this way, whereas previously VLC did nothing. Thanks a bundle!! :)

    Reply

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