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Command To Run (execute) Bin Files In Linux

I have downloaded a file from internet that ends with .bin extension. The documentation (INSTALL.TXT) file says just run bin file. What command I need to type in order to run bin files in Linux or Unix-like operating systems?

Tutorial details
DifficultyEasy (rss)
Root privilegesNo
RequirementsNone
Estimated completion time1m
A .bin file is a self extracting binary file for Linux and Unix-like operating systems. For example Java or Flash are two examples of these types of file. Just type following two commands to run .bin files. In this example, I am going to run a binary file called file.bin.

Run .bin file in Linux / UNIX

Change the permission of the file you downloaded to be executable. Type the following command:
$ chmod +x file.bin

Start the installation process or run .bin file. Type the following command:
./file.bin

For example if .bin file name is application.bin. Type the following commands:
$ chmod +x application.bin
$ ./application.bin

Another example for Java Linux self extracting binary file:
$ chmod +x jre-1_5_0-linux-i586.bin
$ ./jre-1_5_0-linux-i586.bin

OR
$ sh jre-1_5_0-linux-i586.bin

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  • darthpooky July 7, 2008, 10:50 pm

    if that doesn’t work try sudo ./file.bin on debian
    or su ./file.bin on other distros

    • Jarrett July 27, 2011, 5:26 am

      “chmod: cannot access `jre-6u26-linux-x64.bin': No such file or directory”
      What do I do, I am freaking out over it (Because ADHD) I tried it so many times it still won’t work, I’m also trying to play minecraft on Ubuntu

  • saraswathi July 13, 2008, 3:30 am

    resubmitting to be notified of a reply by email.

    Hello ,
    I was trying to extract from the java bin file. I could change the mode, but when I say ./filename.bin ( according to your last example), it says file not found although I am just cutting and pasting the file name and it is in the same directory.

    [saras@node032 ~]$ chmod +x ./java_ee_sdk-5_05-linux.bin
    [saras@node032 ~]$ ./java_ee_sdk-5_05-linux.bin
    ./java_ee_sdk-5_05-linux.bin: error while loading shared libraries: libstdc++.so.5: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
    [saras@node032 ~]$
    can you help please ? thanks

    saras

  • nixCraft July 13, 2008, 8:47 am

    yu need to install libstdc++ package to solve this problem. Use yum under centos/fedora/redhat or apt-get under debian/ubuntu Linux.

  • saraswathi July 13, 2008, 7:01 pm

    Thanks Vivek.
    I managed to unzip it. I have a unrelated question on running java on a cluster. Where can I ask the question. I was not sure if I should ask about it here.

    saras

  • nixCraft July 13, 2008, 9:13 pm

    Try out forum

  • vishal August 19, 2008, 4:35 am

    while executing a bin file i am getting the message : End-of-central-directory signature not found.

    pls help

  • pratik November 21, 2008, 3:53 pm

    i get the following erroe while running the ./Googleearthlinux.bin command that is the fllowing
    Verifying archive integrity…Error in MD5 checksums: 97ca3ea1d8c49adb873a8a13114463b4 is different from 33fdc468b730cef74ac8f5cc4dc83259

    what to do now?

  • nixCraft November 21, 2008, 4:03 pm

    pratik,

    Your file is corrupted. Delete current file and download fresh file again.

  • Andrej December 15, 2008, 4:36 pm

    Hi,
    I have a Synology 207+ at home running on Linux and the ARM architecture.
    Now I want to install JRE so I can make Jetty run in order to be able to use Java servlets and jsp files in my webpage.
    Now when trying to install j2re-1_4_2_19-linux-i586.bin I get an error:
    380: /usr/bin/sum: Permission Denied
    expr: syntax error
    expr: syntax error
    Extracting…
    ./install.sfx.15986: ./install.sfx.15986: 1: Syntax error: “(” unexpected
    Done.

    What does this mean? I’m not sure if I downloaded the proper JRE. Does someone know how to fix this? thanks

  • fatimah December 24, 2008, 6:44 am

    I have to run a UNIX shell script . What command I need to type in order to run UNIX shell files in Linux?

    • Arun May 22, 2011, 9:08 pm

      To run the UNIX shell script,type
      ./filename.sh.
      Before running the above command,check the file permission because the file should have execute permission

  • Pate January 4, 2009, 10:16 pm

    When I normally klik the .bin file it opens with kate (text editor). I have tried to run the command, but it only opens mozilla and types it in the url section. What is wrong? I have installed libstdc++6

  • Rick Flores February 21, 2009, 12:04 am

    Hey guys,
    I was trying to install SiteMinder Policy Server on CentOS 5.2. I already chmod+x’d it. As I executed the .bin file I received this error. I have googled it and this error is not mentioned in the install manual. I would appreciate some advise.

    Rick Flores

    [root@localhost SiteMinder Policy Server]# ./ca-ps-12.0-sp1-linux.bin
    Preparing to install…
    Extracting the JRE from the installer archive…
    Unpacking the JRE…
    Extracting the installation resources from the installer archive…
    Configuring the installer for this system’s environment…

    Launching installer…

    ‘SWING’ UI not supported by VM. Reverting to AWT.
    Invocation of this Java Application has caused an InvocationTargetException. This application will now exit. (LAX)

    Stack Trace:
    java.lang.NoClassDefFoundError
    at java.lang.Class.forName0(Native Method)
    at java.lang.Class.forName(Class.java:140)
    at java.awt.GraphicsEnvironment.getLocalGraphicsEnvironment(GraphicsEnvironment.java:62)
    at java.awt.Window.init(Window.java:224)
    at java.awt.Window.(Window.java:268)
    at java.awt.Frame.(Frame.java:398)
    at java.awt.Frame.(Frame.java:363)
    at com.zerog.ia.installer.LifeCycleManager.g(DashoA8113)
    at com.zerog.ia.installer.LifeCycleManager.h(DashoA8113)
    at com.zerog.ia.installer.LifeCycleManager.a(DashoA8113)
    at com.zerog.ia.installer.Main.main(DashoA8113)
    at sun.reflect.NativeMethodAccessorImpl.invoke0(Native Method)
    at sun.reflect.NativeMethodAccessorImpl.invoke(NativeMethodAccessorImpl.java:39)
    at sun.reflect.DelegatingMethodAccessorImpl.invoke(DelegatingMethodAccessorImpl.java:25)
    at java.lang.reflect.Method.invoke(Method.java:324)
    at com.zerog.lax.LAX.launch(DashoA8113)
    at com.zerog.lax.LAX.main(DashoA8113)
    This Application has Unexpectedly Quit: Invocation of this Java Application has caused an InvocationTargetException. This application will now exit. (LAX)

  • Srinivasa kp May 15, 2009, 11:38 am

    Hi,
    Sometimes you need to change the file name and then install.

    Srinivasa.k.p

  • Ziga June 2, 2009, 7:19 pm

    Hi!
    I am new to linux.My situation:
    ziga@ziga-laptop:~$ chomd +x./math.bin
    ziga@ziga-laptop:~$ /home/ziga/math/…/emlin701/math.bin
    bash: /home/ziga/math/…/emlin701/math.bin: cannot execute binary file
    What can i do? Is there an option to transform an .bin into an .iso file?
    Thanks for your help.

  • Tesu July 10, 2009, 7:32 am

    Easier way… Just right click, goto permissions tab, and mark as executable. Then open the terminal and drag & drop the .bin or w/e file into it, and press enter.

  • Kyon August 21, 2009, 6:33 pm

    Thanks Tesu, heck of a lot easier

  • Andres Baldrich August 27, 2009, 1:01 am

    Im trying to install java 6.15 so I gave it 100% read write permission to everyone, and it still wont work. when I put $> jre-6u15-linux-i586-rpm.bin it says there is an error, order not found

  • Maux September 12, 2009, 5:50 pm

    For ubuntu you can just draw the file into terminal so it has the file location and type command run

  • Gannon October 14, 2009, 12:51 pm

    Having trouble with trying to set up Java Runtime Environment, in the terminal it says..

    Unpacking…
    ./jre-6u16-linux-i586.bin: 336: cannot create install.sfx.3679: Permission denied
    Checksumming…
    /usr/bin/sum: install.sfx.3679: No such file or directory
    [: 363: -ne: unexpected operator
    [: 363: -ne: unexpected operator
    chmod: cannot access ‘install.sfx.3679′: No such file or directory
    Extracting…
    ./jre-6u16-linux-i586.bin: 366: ./install.sfx.3679: not found
    Failed to extract files.

    Any idea on how to fix this??

    • nixCraft October 14, 2009, 1:27 pm

      Make sure downloaded file is not corrupted and you must install it as the root user.

      • Patrick Burwell July 28, 2014, 5:40 pm

        I am trying to install an UnetBootin bin on a converted RHEL 6.4 (updated to CentOS 6.5) distro. nothing I do seems to change whether this see the file…

        ————————-
        lrwxrwxrwx. 1 root root 16 Jul 28 13:32 libpng.so.3 -> libpng.so.3.49.0
        lrwxrwxrwx. 1 root root 18 Jul 28 13:32 libpng12.so.0 -> libpng12.so.0.49.0
        [burwellp@rexstation lib64]$ yum install /home/burwellp/Downloads/unetbootin-linux-608.bin
        Loaded plugins: fastestmirror, refresh-packagekit, security
        You need to be root to perform this command.
        [burwellp@rexstation lib64]$ sudo yum install /home/burwellp/Downloads/unetbootin-linux-608.bin
        [sudo] password for burwellp:
        Loaded plugins: fastestmirror, refresh-packagekit, security
        Loading mirror speeds from cached hostfile
        * base: mirrors.einstein.yu.edu
        * extras: centos.netnitco.net
        * updates: mirror.team-cymru.org
        Setting up Install Process
        No package /home/burwellp/Downloads/unetbootin-linux-608.bin available.
        Error: Nothing to do
        [burwellp@rexstation lib64]$ sudo /home/burwellp/Downloads/unetbootin-linux-608.bin
        /home/burwellp/Downloads/unetbootin-linux-608.bin: error while loading shared libraries: libpng12.so.0: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
        ————————-

        • Patrick Burwell July 28, 2014, 5:41 pm

          [burwellp@rexstation lib64]$ sudo yum install libpng
          Loaded plugins: fastestmirror, refresh-packagekit, security
          Loading mirror speeds from cached hostfile
          * base: mirror.solarvps.com
          * extras: mirror.solarvps.com
          * updates: mirror.cs.pitt.edu
          Setting up Install Process
          Package 2:libpng-1.2.49-1.el6_2.x86_64 already installed and latest version
          Nothing to do

  • Kunal October 18, 2009, 4:35 pm

    I am trying to install jdk-6u13-linux-i586.bin in fedora 11.
    and i am getting this error.
    i have performed the steps as mentioned in answer.
    please help me..

    please enter “yes” or “no”.
    Do you agree to the above license terms? [yes or no]
    yes
    Unpacking…
    Checksumming…
    Extracting…
    ./jdk-6u13-linux-i586.bin: ./install.sfx.2551: /lib/ld-linux.so.2: bad ELF interpreter: No such file or directory
    Failed to extract the files. Please refer to the Troubleshooting section of
    the Installation Instructions on the download page for more information.

    Thanks

  • Rene November 2, 2009, 4:07 am

    Hi Kunal, did you succeed to install JDK? I have the same problem.
    Thanks.

  • rizal November 21, 2009, 1:09 am

    Thanks, now adobe reader is running on my machine.

  • don January 30, 2010, 3:26 am

    Thank You
    easy to follow instructions. I have been left confused with other explanations

  • Carol February 17, 2010, 8:02 pm

    On fedora12

    ./AdobeAIRInstaller.bin
    Error loading the runtime (/tmp/air.ZxdZsy/build/opt/Adobe AIR/Versions/1.0/libCore.so: cannot enable executable stack as shared object requires: Permission denied)

  • balcka March 17, 2010, 11:00 am

    HELP……I am begging if someone could tell me how to execute a file, it has been doing my head in for the last 3days and i have tried everything. So please, please, please lert me know A.S.A.P tanks one love

  • Ted April 1, 2010, 11:51 am

    I am trying to install jre on a HP thin client with about 256 Free space on the built in flash memory but when I run the comman ./jre blah blah blah and accept the agreement
    i get the following output

    unpacking…..
    Checksumming…
    Extracting….
    Failed to extract the file. Please refer to the Troubleshooting section of the installation instructions on the download page for more information.

    please help someone – I am trying to use a thin client to connect the a server via a web browser – wanting the run the business database from the browser – but on Windows, when you connect for the first time – you have to install Jinitiator but I dont know how to achieve this in linux so I was trying this – anyone knwo what I need to do

  • Ted April 1, 2010, 11:53 am

    forgot to add a line to the error above

    after the Extracting…..
    it says
    ./jre *********.bin; line 366 ./install.sfx.22300; cannot execute binary file

    • bender June 17, 2010, 3:28 pm

      apt-get install ia32-libs

      • Elf September 13, 2010, 11:55 am

        Thanks a lot! I have search for 2 hours to the solution, and here it is!

  • bender June 17, 2010, 3:28 pm

    if you got this error on an ubuntu 64bit system, try to install the ia32 libs

    ./jre *********.bin; line 366 ./install.sfx.22300; cannot execute binary file

    sudo apt-get install ia32-libs

    • Mark April 5, 2012, 5:26 pm

      Thanks, exactly what was needed to get the legacy Adobe Air up and running on Mint 10 (64 bit)

  • Luntu July 8, 2010, 9:22 am

    Hi, Thanks it works for me.
    R. Luntu

  • Jack September 8, 2010, 1:41 am

    Thanks all, lots of good advice on linux binaries for the novices out here.

  • ginger September 12, 2010, 10:53 am

    hey while installin java for a cloud cluster d agreement thing came up but its not exitin back to the terminal.. how do i get back to d terminal do tat it installs java??

  • Tro October 6, 2010, 12:18 am

    Hi everyone,
    Does speicial installation required on RedHat5 (i686) for installing JDK? I downloaded the java twice and i am still having this issue. Can someone please advice me if it me trying to install the wrong 64bit java version or the installation document is different?

    chmod +x jdk-6u20-linux-x64.bin
    ./jdk-6u20-linux-x64.bin
    …….Do you agree to the above license terms? [yes or no]
    yes
    Unpacking…
    Checksumming…
    Extracting…
    ./jdk-6u20-linux-x64.bin: line 477: ./install.sfx.3205: cannot execute binary file
    Failed to extract the files. Please refer to the Troubleshooting section of
    the Installation Instructions on the download page for more information.

    thanks

  • Norbertos December 5, 2010, 2:52 pm

    Very useful instructions …

    • Hareen December 18, 2010, 7:44 am

      hi all…
      im tryng to run jdk-6u23-linux-i586.bin in my ubuntu 8.10…. bt unable to..

      hareen@hareen-laptop:~$ sudo apt-get install ‘/home/hareen/Documents/jdk-6u23-linux-i586.bin’
      Reading package lists… Done
      Building dependency tree
      Reading state information… Done
      E: Couldn’t find package

      this is the error im getting…..
      please help…..
      Thnx in advance!!! :)

  • sahil February 28, 2011, 5:39 am

    hi.
    i am new to shell, i want to acceess a web page on linux server from a remote machine .
    can any one guide me what to do or which forum to follow….
    plz….. its urgent

  • Rathish March 6, 2011, 7:28 pm

    Hi,

    I have a list of commands to be executed in UNIX on dialy basis….

    Is there anyway that i could save those commands in a document and execute those commands by using .sh….or anything else command?

    I tried using .sh but it executes only the first line, what i need to do to make it run all the commands…?

    Thanks.

    • Arun May 22, 2011, 9:12 pm

      You can use the “Cron” or “at” command to execute the jobs on a daily basis

  • soundarapandian April 20, 2011, 4:51 am

    Thanks very useful

  • mohamed May 10, 2011, 8:55 am

    how i can install exe modem file to linux suses please answer me cuz i need it

    • Banter November 12, 2011, 4:15 pm

      Wine is the only windows emulator that I know of that would work. Have you checked your /etc/pppd and /etc/ppp.conf files to see if there isn’t already a driver for your modem? If it’s a Ethernet NIC (network interface card) and not a “modem”, then it will probably work straight out of the box.

  • mohamed May 10, 2011, 8:56 am

    i want to install modem zain connect it’s setup.exe to linux how i can do that please tell me

  • Arun May 22, 2011, 9:16 pm

    Hi ,
    I bit confused with LVM and RAID.Can someone explain me with a realtime example

  • Todd May 24, 2011, 10:53 pm

    Thank you. Very helpful!

  • chestin June 8, 2011, 5:41 am

    thank u for the simple yet very helpful comment.

  • John July 14, 2011, 8:18 pm

    Thanks very much, it was a 64Bit sudo apt-get install ia32-libs did the job

  • Harry August 24, 2011, 6:38 am

    What about is there any file’s name can be used to save a file to execute in terminal without command it from terminal? What i mean is i want it to be operated when i click on the file’s icon, it will directly run its function in terminal of linux fedora. (e.g. file.txt or file.sh or file.trx) but to run it in terminal is “file.?” ?

    Thanks in advance.

  • searchit November 2, 2011, 5:28 am

    hello,
    I m installing java on AIX machine It shows error on

    ./install.sfx.409050 : 0403-006 execute permission denied .
    thanks

    • nixCraft November 2, 2011, 12:19 pm

      You need to set execute permission using the chmod +x command:

      chmod +x your-installer.name
      • searchit November 3, 2011, 10:42 am

        thanks Vivek, But I alredy gave the permission to that file

  • Arslan November 2, 2011, 12:39 pm

    Dear All. M having the following error while executing the commend

    root@root:# ll | grep i86bi_linux-adventerprisek9-ms
    -rwxrwxrwx 1 nayatel nayatel 93580556 2011-11-02 16:29 i86bi_linux-adventerprisek9-ms*
    root@root:# ./i86bi_linux-adventerprisek9-ms
    bash: ./i86bi_linux-adventerprisek9-ms: No such file or directory

    Kindly suggest any solution

    • Banter November 12, 2011, 4:09 pm

      Looks like it’s been made executable (* at end) and you are the owner, the file has an inode and at least one file linked to it…. I take it that ll is an alias for ls -l or something akin to that, so unless it searches across multiple directories, and you aren’t in the correct directory to run the script (of course the file has to be in the PWD for it to run) then more than likely the file is corrupted and you have to download it again.

  • Huiou November 8, 2011, 1:46 am

    Thanks.
    i success to run it.

  • Simon November 21, 2011, 1:39 am

    On Ubuntu/Kubuntu variants…
    $ ./AdobeAIRInstaller.bin
    bash: ./AdobeAIRInstaller.bin: No such file or directory

    Fixed by running:
    $ sudo apt-get install ia32-libs
    $ ./AdobeAIRInstaller.bin

    Thank you all above who suggested this!

  • Monir December 27, 2011, 6:21 pm

    I am using CentOs 6 and this “compat-libstdc++-33″ package along with its dependencies are responsible to run ./filename.bin file. After installing the above package, I have successfully executed .bin file in CentOs 6.

    Simply run “yum install compat-libstdc++-33″ to install this package.

    • Patrick Burwell July 28, 2014, 5:52 pm

      Trying that now…

      • Patrick Burwell July 28, 2014, 5:52 pm

        NUTS:

        [burwellp@rexstation lib64]$ sudo yum install compat-libstdc++-33
        [sudo] password for burwellp:
        Loaded plugins: fastestmirror, refresh-packagekit, security
        Loading mirror speeds from cached hostfile
        * base: mirror.solarvps.com
        * extras: mirror.solarvps.com
        * updates: mirror.team-cymru.org
        Setting up Install Process
        Package compat-libstdc++-33-3.2.3-69.el6.x86_64 already installed and latest version
        Nothing to do

        • Patrick Burwell July 28, 2014, 5:54 pm

          trying to reinstall now

          • Patrick Burwell July 28, 2014, 5:58 pm

            [root@rexstation Downloads]# ./unetbootin-linux-608.bin
            ./unetbootin-linux-608.bin: error while loading shared libraries: libpng12.so.0: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
            [root@rexstation Downloads]# ls -ltr –color=never unet*
            -rwxrwxrwx. 1 burwellp burwellp 4467972 Jul 28 11:49 unetbootin-linux-608.bin

            I wonder if it’s a broken link somewhre…
            [root@rexstation Downloads]# locate libpng12.so.0
            /usr/lib64/libpng12.so.0
            /usr/lib64/libpng12.so.0.49.0
            [root@rexstation Downloads]# ls -ltr /usr/lib64/libpng12.so.0
            lrwxrwxrwx. 1 root root 18 Jul 28 13:32 /usr/lib64/libpng12.so.0 -> libpng12.so.0.49.0
            [root@rexstation Downloads]# ls -ltr libpng12.so.0.49.0
            ls: cannot access libpng12.so.0.49.0: No such file or directory
            [root@rexstation Downloads]# aha!

            • Patrick Burwell July 28, 2014, 6:20 pm

              What the heck am I doing wrong here?

              [root@rexstation Downloads]# ln -d /usr/lib64/libpng12.so.0.49.0 /usr/lib64/libpng12.so.0
              ln: creating hard link `/usr/lib64/libpng12.so.0′: File exists
              [root@rexstation Downloads]# ./unetbootin-linux-608.bin
              ./unetbootin-linux-608.bin: error while loading shared libraries: libpng12.so.0: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

              • Patrick Burwell July 28, 2014, 6:21 pm

                [root@rexstation Downloads]# ls -ltr /usr/lib64/libpng12.so.0
                lrwxrwxrwx. 2 root root 18 Jul 28 13:32 /usr/lib64/libpng12.so.0 -> libpng12.so.0.49.0

  • vmedaq February 1, 2012, 1:37 pm

    I wanted to make a .bin file which will copy all the files with name having “am” in common… usually in the terminal we use “cp *am* “… I wrote the same command inside the .bin file, a shown below… but it acts like “echo”… please help.

    file name “copier.bin”
    ————————————
    cp *am* /home/vmefiles/
    ———————————–
    then I did “chmod +x copier.bin
    and finally “./copier.bin” but the out put is just:
    “cp *am* /home/vmefiles/”

    please help…

  • Erik May 23, 2012, 7:32 am

    Thanks, that helped!

  • ronak July 12, 2012, 6:10 am

    In linux run level 6,
    how is created 1 to 6

  • Saqib Mustafa Abbasi August 18, 2012, 1:51 pm

    Very simple, to the point and helpful thanks mate :)

  • Dhipal October 10, 2012, 5:29 am

    hello friend i am dhiru .. i want to down load unix program running environment from where i can download it .. plz tell me soon as possible..

  • awais October 17, 2012, 2:37 pm

    good work

  • Iam SASANK January 25, 2013, 8:28 am

    It WORKS.. THNK Q :D :D :D

  • Rich April 14, 2013, 9:14 pm

    WHAT the fuk is with this linux file running bullshyt? You have to learn how to extract files in a dos/like system individually? I mean Microsoft sux cuz of the viruses but this is almost as annoying! The system itself is like a self-virus! WHY CANT YOU PUSH “DOWNLOAD” AND HAVE THE DAMN THING JUST RUN THE DAMN PROGRAM??

  • venkat November 24, 2013, 2:36 pm

    [root@siva workspace]# ./addition.c
    bash: ./addition.c: Permission denied

    When I tried to excute the file by using above command I am getting error like permission denied can anyone please help me regarding this problem

    • RH User January 15, 2014, 9:13 pm

      You need to compile addition.c:

      make addition
      ./addition

      If that failed, run the following to compile c program:

      gcc -o addition  addition.c
      ./addition 

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