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:
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.


About David Kirk

David Kirk is one of the original founders of tech-recipes and is currently serving as editor-in-chief. Not only has he been crafting tutorials for over ten years, but in his other life he also enjoys taking care of critically ill patients as an ICU physician.
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  • KAI

    why do [list]

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

  • KAI

    i dont get why u put [list]

  • nono

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

  • dsfsd

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

  • fsd

    Yes it works for .bin files!!!

    Thanks alot

  • thank-u-so-much

  • zappo23

    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.

    • Desperator007

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

      • Desperator007

        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??

  • chelsea the best

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

    • anonymous

      > 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


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

  • hhh

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

  • Anonymous

    You are a life saver, Thanks

  • Keikaku

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

  • time2retire

    Thank you.

  • francisco

    great solution, congratulations!!

  • Smiffy

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

  • hytham

    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
    until i found this
    and it worked
    thank you
    thank you
    thank you

  • Ax

    open notepad Write all that he says then Save as Gameiso.cue
    AS .CUE

  • miki [ro]

    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.

    • Junkens

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

  • crax


  • rizz

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

    • rizz

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

      • sadf

        do in ANSI it will work

  • Thank you

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

  • Mel slade

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

  • B

    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?

  • B

    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!

  • Ryan

    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.

    • vicky nathan

      wow it works ,easy way friend thanks a lot .

  • anonymko

    thx very much, dude…

  • adeev

    thanks u brother

  • anik

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

  • anonumous

    thanx man , u rock

  • 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 ‘’ site.

  • Charter

    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 ? =/

  • Francis

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


    Thanks a lot, its work 😉

  • X32WaysToDie

    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

    • Anonymous

      lol:))…thx help me a lot

  • guest

    great thanks

  • Moiz

    This was extremely helpful. Thanks!

  • Efras

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

  • andy

    this method works perfect for me, thanks people

    • Anonymous

      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!

  • Anonymous

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

  • Thanks.

  • Anonymous

    great help. works like a charm

  • Anonymous

    Thank you! 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Thank you! 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Thanks so much. You’re a great help.

    • Anonymous

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

  • Shiju David

    i cant open bin files

  • Anonymous

    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.



  • Anonymous

    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.

  • Anonymous

    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

  • Anonymous

    thank you it worked for me

  • anonymous34

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

  • Anonymous

    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 😀 try that if your isnt working! thanks a lot

  • dirgible

    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.

  • IT Geek

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

  • ARandomGuy

    Thanks :>

  • ARandomGuy

    Thanks a lot :>

  • Max

    works like a charm.

  • corb

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

  • Ray_randall_07

    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

  • |/00!33r|/|4|/

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

  • Lagoonav

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

  • Farrukh

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


    Your well wisher


  • trugg

    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!

  • Mister_kupido09

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

  • Guest

    excellent post…it works!!!!!!!!!

  • Sal

    worked great, thanks

  • Thanks! Now I know how to make cue files…

    • Warchild

      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… 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Sasdas

    wow, it worked. thanks!

  • Nakul

    great!works successfully

  • Rkbal24

    Cool mate. Its working. Thanks a ton

  • thanks heaps

  • Noname

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

  • Flopo79

    thank youuuu

  • Ajit

    this works perfect
    thanks a lot

  • T King0517

    this was great thanks!

  • MadDog

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

  • Fadfzd

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

    • James_obscure

      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

      • Hiruko53

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

  • 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.

    • Anonymous

      hmmmm…. no.

  • Royalwizkid

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

  • Thecageyone

    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 🙂

  • CD

    Thanks Man! You are a genius! 🙂

  • thankyou

    thank you 🙂

  • name

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

  • miceland

    worked like a charm. Good instructions .

  • antiskullz

    worked !!!
    thanks !! is so simple 😀

  • TheMan

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

  • Sedentarius

    Thank you! 😀

  • Da Miz

    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?

  • dimitri

    im eternally gratefull.. hope to finish d game… 😛

  • Deedee

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

  • Ramin

    hey buddy!!
    thats realy works!!

  • friso

    thx it works for me

  • Fazal Rehman

    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…

  • victor

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

  • anbuz

    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….

  • neoqueto

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

  • Dee

    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!! 🙂