There are many suggestions on the internet on how to use cue/bin files on a Mac.

Is there a native way of mounting cue or bin files and seeing them as Volumes in Finder?

Alternatively, are there any tools — in the vein of Daemon Tools on a Windows machine — that provide this functionality?

I would very much like avoid converting the files I have.

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Stuffit Expander (Select StuffIt Expander Only if you want to download it from that site, dont get any adware crap) can open bin files, and from what I remember cue files are just information maps about bin files.

I forget if you can view them as Volumes, but that seems like a secondary concern, converting them is a lengthy process if you have more than a few files.

  • Actually, I've just found out by trying that Unarchiver can do the same (i.e. extract). Hopefully someone will be able to find out how to mount them.
    – Sklivvz
    Commented Apr 25, 2011 at 15:37
  • Does it work for the CUE files that are audio? Commented Sep 25, 2015 at 1:55
  • Its been a few years(5), but if I remember correctly the CUE files referred to here dont actually have the data, just a reference to the data, so if that is all you have its probably not what you are looking for, but I would do some additional googling. Commented Sep 25, 2015 at 5:06
  • This is a different kind of .bin file. StuffIt Expander expands MacBinary files, which used the .bin extension but have no associated .cue file. CD images are a .bin image (which is not in MacBinary format, but rather a dump of the track data from the CD) and a .cue file containing the cue sheet (track information, basically the disc's Table of Contents). Commented Mar 22, 2023 at 1:40

I use binchunker to convert .bin/.cue files to a single .iso file on my Mac. You can obtain binchunker via Homebrew or Macports.

Here's some more info from the manpage:

bchunk - CD image format conversion from bin/cue to iso/cdr

       bchunk [-v] [-p] [-r] [-w] [-s] <image.bin> <image.cue> <basename>

       bchunk converts a CD image in a ".bin / .cue" format (sometimes ".raw / .cue") to a set of .iso and .cdr tracks.

       The  bin/cue  format is used by some non-Unix cd-writing software, but is not supported on most other cd-writing pro-

       image.bin is the raw cd image file. image.cue is the track index file containing track types and  offsets.   basename
       is used for the beginning part of the created track files.

       The  produced .iso track contains an ISO file system, which can be mounted through a loop device on Linux systems, or
       written on a CD-R using cdrecord.  The .cdr tracks are in the native CD audio format. They can be either written on a
       CD-R using cdrecord -audio, or converted to WAV (or any other sound format for that matter) using sox.

       It  is  advisable  to  edit  the  .cue  file to either MODE2/2352/2048 or MODE2/2352/2324 depending on whether an ISO
       filesystem or a VCD is desired, respectively.  The format itself does not contain this feature and  in  an  ambiguous
       case it can only guess.
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    brew install bchunk for those with homebrew Commented Oct 28, 2015 at 17:20
  • port install bchunk for those with macports
    – Matt
    Commented Jan 14, 2018 at 21:30
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    Works great, thanks. I used this tool to convert Audio CD to wav files via bchunk -w <image.bin> <image.cue> <basename> and then wav to mp3 with iTunes.
    – Micer
    Commented May 26, 2019 at 9:44

Have you tried Control+Click (right click) on the .bin file and open with Disk Utility?

  • I have, Disk Utility pops out but doesn't see it.
    – Sklivvz
    Commented Apr 25, 2011 at 15:32

I've just used Unarchiver and its extracted all the files in the .bin and i've been able to get the .wmv files that way.


You can get Daemon tools free trial for OSX to mount bin file.

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