File Extension bin

April 13, 2009

in file extensions

Extension: bin

What is it? Binary File

Where’s it from? Many programs create bin files. They contain data intended for use by programs, not humans. You will see just random, strange characters if you open a bin file with a text editor.

How do I use it? Let the program that created it use it.

Can I safely delete or move it? Leave it alone, some program needs it right where it is.

Can it be dangerous? By itself, a bin file can’t do anything to your computer because it doesn’t “run.” But it may be used by an executable malicious program.

— David Hakala