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Name Binary File
Other names  
Identifiers PUID:  fmt/208
Classification Aggregate
Description This entry records generic Binary File format. A binary file is a computer file that is not a text file, the term itself is often used to describe a "non-text file". Due to multiple varieties of this format, this file format entry does not include a file format signature. Although binary file is not a text-based file format, some files stored as binary can contain parts that can be interpreted as text; for example, some computer document files containing formatted text, such as older Microsoft Word document files, contain the text of the document but also contain formatting information in binary form. The .bin extension is also used for the 'Binary Text (BIN)' graphics format, a method of creating images using ANSI character encoding. This format has no distinctive name, file extension, or a signature, and is different than a text-based file, which can be edited in a text editor. More information about BIN (Binary Text) format can be found using the reference links provided. The newer version to BIN format which has a clear file format signiture is XBIN [fmt/1612].
Orientation Binary
Byte order  
Related file formats Is previous version of XBIN (eXtended BIN)  
Technical Environment  
Supported until  
Format Risk  
Developed by None.
Supported by None.
Source Digital Preservation Department / The National Archives
Source date 28 Oct 2009
Source description  
Last updated 27 Jan 2022
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