All non-texted based files. Binary files are usually images, audio data, wordprocessor files, program files, etc. If you were to open a binary file in a text-editor, you would see lots of weird symbols. Table of Contents
A binary file, unlike an ASCII file, contains more than plain text. It may contain additional code information for photos, sounds, a spreadsheet, or formatted word-processing text. Like an ASCII file, a binary file is made up of machine-readable symbols that represent 1s and 0s. Binary files include sound files, graphics files, and software, and are frequently called binaries. If you want to transmit a file over the Internet, such as downloading a piece of software, a sound or picture file, or a formatted word-processing document, choose the "binary" option. If the file is simply unformatted text, choose the "ASCII" or "text" option.
A file that contains characters other than the standard ASCII characters. You can't read binary files on a computer screen until they are uncompressed or executed. These files include compressed files which must be unzipped and executable programs which must be run on the systems for which they are created.
If a file contains characters other than pure text (ASCII) it is called a binary file. These include pictures, software and other media. BIT The smallest unit of computer data, a bit is either a 0 or a 1.
A non-text file, containing information encoded in bytes. (These files appear as gibberish when viewed with a text editor.) Sometimes binary files are referred to as unformatted, and text files as formatted. See text file.
A file containing information such as a compressed archive, an image, a program, a spreadsheet, or a word-processing document. The items in the file usually cannot be displayed on a screen or printed without using some program.
Any file that is stored as binary numbers, the raw language of computers. Binary files will only run with the right software on the right computer. So a UNIX or Macintosh binary is unlikely to run on a Windows PC. On the Internet, mainly due to common Usenet usage of the term, "binary" often means image files, also called "binaries".
A file that cannot be read by standard text editor programs like Notepad or Simple Text. Examples: documents created by applications such as Microsoft Word or WordPerfect or DOS files with the extension ".com" or ".exe".
A file that contains information which does not consist only of text. For example, a binary file might contain an archive, a picture, sounds, a spreadsheet, or a word-processing document (which includes formatting codes in addition to characters).
A file that may contain any data in any format; not a text file. Files in MacBinary format or AppleSingle format are binary files, as are GIF and JPEG image files, MP3 and WAV audio files, and QuickTime and MPEG video files.
A file whose contents are to be interpreted as a sequence of bits, rather than characters. There are different flavors of binary files. A "flat" binary file is a sequence of bits with no ancillary information about the file contents. This type of file is created and read by C programs. Fortran creates and reads flat binary files only when in direct-access mode. All records are the same size in a flat binary file. By default, Fortran creates another type of binary file which can contain variable-length records. This is called a sequential-access binary file. In a sequential-access binary file, record length information is embedded prior to each record.
The number system used to produce computer data, where all information is represented by one of two digits, "1" or "0", known as "bits". In FTP, binary files are made up of something other than text, such as pictures, graphics or sounds.
File that contains information that does not consist only of text. For example, an archives, a picture, sounds, a spread-sheet, or a word-processing document (which includes formatting codes in addition to characters).
file containing information that is in machine-readable form; it can be read only by an application. "Binary_file" usually refers to a file that uses all 8 bits of each byte for information. Text files usually use only 7 bits, leaving the 8th bit as 0.
A file containing data in a binary format. Before this is of use it must be interpreted according to a set of rules for any particular type of file. For example an ASCII file is binary data interpreted as text. Similarly there are other types of file such as spreadsheets, video, images etc.