How to Convert .BIN/.CUE Files to .ISO in Ubuntu

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An ISO image is an archive file (a.k.a. disk image) of an optical disc using a conventional ISO (International Organization for Standardization ) format that is supported by many software vendors. ISO image files typically have a file extension of .ISO. Occasionally, you might come across a disc image in the BIN format. While there are ways to use BIN/CUE’s in Linux, it is much easier to convert them to the standard ISO format.

bchunk (BinChunker)

CD image format conversion from bin/cue to iso/cdrThe bchunk package contains a UNIX/C rewrite of the BinChunker program. BinChunker converts a CD image in a .bin/.cue format (sometimes .raw/.cue) into a set of .iso and .cdr/.wav tracks. The .bin/.cue format is used by some non-UNIX CD-writing software, but is not supported on most other CD-writing programs.

Install bchunk using the following command

sudo aptitude install bchunk

This will complete the installation.

Using bchunk

bchunk syntax

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

Available options

-v -- Makes binchunker print some more unnecessary messages, which should not be of interest for anyone.

-w -- Makes binchunker write audio tracks in WAV format.

-s -- Makes binchunker swap byte order in the samples of audio tracks.

-p -- Makes binchunker go into PSX mode and truncate MODE2/2352 tracks to 2336 bytes at offset 0 instead of normal 2048 bytes at offset 24.

-r -- Makes binchunker output MODE2/2352 tracks in raw format, from offset 0 for 2352 bytes. Good for MPEG/VCD.

Bchunk Example

bchunk IMAGE.bin IMAGE.cue IMAGE.iso

Using CDemu

You can also use CDemu to do this and the ubuntu ppa as follows

deb hardy main
deb-src hardy main

Packages available


Mount ISO Files in Ubuntu

If you want to mount iso use this or this or this tutorial.

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18 Responses

  1. told says:

    this is very useful for me.
    but i wanna know the difference between aptitude and apt-get.

  2. Swapnil Jain says:

    apt-get moo
    aptitude moo
    aptitude moo -v
    aptitude moo -vv

    aptitude moo -vvvvvv

    you’ll find the difference

  3. Swapnil Jain says:

    this one is nice. there are tools available in ubuntu repo. like ISO Master. This is a graphical CD image(.iso) editor. You can use isomaster to:

    – add files to an image
    – extract files from an image
    – delete files from an image

  4. Peppino says:

    You can also use this buc:
    and mount iso image

  5. Paul says:

    Is there a similar way to do this with .IMG files? For example ISO > IMG or BIN/CUE > IMG

  6. design says:

    This is an example of just how powerful the terminal is in Linux.

  7. BharatBSahni says:

    1.Select the file of which format is to be changed
    2.Press F2
    3.Change the format .cue/.bin to .mpg/.mpeg

    Play it on Movie Player


  8. DiGitalX says:

    nice and slow 😀
    works for me

  9. tsomogyi says:

    bchunk doesn’t create IMAGE.iso, but a couple of cdr files:

    IMAGE.iso0N.cdr where N=number of tracks.
    So yet again I ended up with another set of strange files instead of iso…

  10. NxGTR says:

    bchunk works perfect!, just tested on Kubuntu 42 AMD64

    nxgtr@ssdmonster:~$ bchunk sr-wrmrd.bin sr-wrmrd.cue wormsreloaded.iso

  11. Sulaiman says:

    SUPER. Thanks

  12. joe says:


    That really helped me.

  13. ace says:

    Thanks a lot for the tutorial. Worked fine!

  14. John Luke says:

    Too bad bchunk doesn’t actually work, or at least it doesn’t on Precise Pangolin; just spits out empty CDR and ISO files no matter what I do.

    I’m officially tired of leaving my media trapped in cue sheets and bin files. I will resort to fixing this in a Windows program if I have to, because no open-source program so far actually does jack ****. It’s like trying to beat down a brick wall with a broom.

  15. BASTA! says:

    UNFORTUNATELY if the .bin contains both a data track and some audio tracks, this utility will not produce a single burnable/mountable ISO file. Instead it will save the tracks into separate files.

  16. Aaron says:

    Used this on Raring Ringtail for PSX games, had to use the -r flag but works perfectly.

  17. Marabiloso says:

    It does exactly what the manpage says: it extracts all the tracks in separate files, *.iso for data tracks, .cdr for audio tracks and even .wav for wav audio files, no reason to whine about the expected behaviour.

    The .cue file contains a plain-text listing of the tracks with their type, you can see it with “less MYCD.cue”, where “MYCD.cue” is the .cue file. There will be as many files as tracks in the .cue file, this is expected.

    The .iso files can be mounted on the fly with “mount -o loop FILE.iso MOUNTPOINT” (where “FILE.iso” is the filename and “MOUNTPOINT” is an existing directory).

    The .cdr files are raw audio files. Unfortunately, .cdr is also the extension for “Corel Draw!”, hence Nautilus will launch LibreOffice to try to open them (LibreOffice will crash in most cases). To convert .cdr to .wav, use “sox TRACK.cdr TRACK.wav”. However, I don’t know if it’s necessary to convert them to .mp3 with ffmpeg, I didn’t check — maybe ffmpeg recognises .cdr natively, maybe not.

    Hope this helps!

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