There are three popular ways to access the image or information on a binary storage format like .Bin. .Bin files mostly come in CD and DVD image files and antivirus programs. There are a few popular ways to view BIN files.
- Converting it from BIN to ISO format
- Using an application to view it or,
- Mounting an image.
- How to use the Unarchiver
Use the Unarchiver
The Unarchiver is a safe, free, and stable MacOS application used to view BIN, CUE, EXE, ISO, and other popular file types.
Step 1: Open the app store on your computer, and search for The Unarchiver using the search bar.
Step 2: Install the app on your computer and go to settings
Step 3: Set the Unarchiver as your default app or viewer for all unsupported file formats on your device. You can do this by setting launching the app after searching for it on Launchpad. Once you open the app, you will land on the preference page, and if you don’t, click on the hovering menu at the top and select preferences.
Step 4: Click on the archive format tab- which is where you can choose what app formats you want to be able to access with your Mac. Then choose all the file formats you want to be supported, and not just BIN. You can choose EXE, ISO, and all the other file types we covered earlier.
Step5: On the rare occasion that you don’t get the prompt that allows you to choose the files you want to access, you will have to set it manually.
Step 6: To set each file manually, you will need to right-click on the file, select ‘Get info,’ then click on the options that say ‘open with’. Once you find that, scroll down until you find The Unarchiver and click the button that says ‘change all’.
With that, the next time you click on the file, it will open it with The Unarchiver always.
Convert the files from BIN to ISO
Mac does not natively support BIN files, so to access it, you need to download a file converter and then use it to convert the file and then mount it like a regular DVD or CD iso file.
Step 1: Using the Homebrew application, install binchunker- the conversion application we are going to be using.
Step 2: You can find the Homebrew application on the Appstore.
Step 3: After installing and setting it up, type in the following command syntax — bchunk Input.bin Input.cue Output.iso.
Step 4: Note that when filling in the command, you replace Input with the name of the file you want to convert. You will also need to write out the pathway before you begin the conversion.
So, it should look something like this
Bchunk -/ Desktop/Evis.bin
Step 5: Click on return, and it will begin converting the specified BIN files to ISO. Once the conversion is finished, you can mount the .iso image and view it using the Toast app- a disc file viewer.
Alternatively, you can open the file just using the toast app on the app store.
Go to the file you’d like to view and open it with Toast like you were going to burn it, but instead of clicking burn, you click on the file, then save as Disc Image instead. You should get a prompt for a file location and once you choose one. The result should be a .toast file that can be freely mounted and viewed whenever you need to without prior conversion or having to burn the file onto a CD.
Any of these methods we have explained earlier will get you into your Bin file of choice without much difficulty. Each method delivers a speedy and dependable method to continually view BIN files. It’s also perfect one-time uses.
How do I open a bin file?
By either mounting it after conversion using an ISO converter. Or using an application like The Unarchive to view whatever information is stored away in the file itself.
Can WinRar open BIN files?
WinRar will not unpack bin files. You can view and use them by using file viewers or tools like Daemon tools.
Are there BIN files that contain MP3s or MP4s?
No, there are not. .bin files only come in picture files and application files. It is in binary, and cannot store MP3 or MP4s.