How can I convert a .cue / .bin (cdr track) image into a single .iso file?

I have Fedora 16 (x86-64)

Linux 3.1.9-1.fc16.x86_64 #1 SMP Fri Jan 13 16:37:42 UTC 2012 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

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You should look at bchunk, which is specifically meant for this type of conversion. You should be able to install it with sudo yum install bchunk, but I'm only 95% sure it's in the standard repo. bchunk will create an ISO from any data tracks, and CDR for any CD audio. If you want everything in one ISO bchunk is not appropriate.

The syntax is like this,

bchunk IMAGE.bin IMAGE.cue IMAGE.iso

To create a single ISO with all the tracks in one take a look at bin2iso. bin2iso is most likely not included in your standard repo. Although RPMs do exist unofficially online. I prefer PowerISO over bin2iso, as bin2iso is fairly non-updated.

bin2iso <cuefile>

You could also do the conversion using PowerISO. It is commercial software, but the linux version is freeware. Sometimes if I have problems with the Free Software for different image conversions, I give PowerISO a go.

  • i have tried that tool but the proccess create 2 file (1 .iso file and .cdr file) i want to merge both files into a single iso any ideas ?
    – Rafael
    Commented Jan 22, 2012 at 2:53
  • That .cdr is a CD Audio file, which would make that BIN/CUE a multitrack Audio/Data disc. Which i'm guessing is why it was simpler to go BIN/CUE. I'm looking for an answer if this is posible. Is this for use in an Emu? Commented Jan 22, 2012 at 3:09
  • really this might be time to attempt this with PowerISO, It seems to handle everything so clean. Its a shame our CD opensource tools are so deficient. Commented Jan 22, 2012 at 3:12
  • I updated my answer, your not going to get much more complete than this. Commented Jan 22, 2012 at 3:52
  • yeah i'm trying to use the iso in a old system emulator
    – Rafael
    Commented Jan 22, 2012 at 5:34

If the BIN file contains CD-Audio tracks you cannot convert it to an ISO image! The reason for this is that, unlike e.g. a CD-ROM, the data structure of an audio CD is fundamentally incompatible with an ISO 9660 file system. See the link below for a paper that gives a good explanation of this:


However, you could use bchunk (as suggested above) with the -w option, which generates output in WAV format. Command line would be something like this:

bchunk -s -w IMAGE.bin IMAGE.cue IMAGE

This will create WAV files for each audio track, e.g.:


Etcetera. The -s switch does a byte swap on the audio samples. If you omit it, the Endianness of the WAVs will be wrong, and they will play as static noise (a least that's what happened when I last tried).


First use imgburner software which will make two different ISOs of bin and cue files. Then extract both the ISOs in one folder using Winrar.

Then one bin file will be created merged with cue file and after all convert the bin to ISO using the tool bin2iso.


cdmage loads in multi track files and saves them to 1 cue+bin file. Just tested it on psx Lucky Luke with 21 tracks and game runs smooth on my emulator after.


Find it!


to merge to result.iso

cat diskfile1.iso > result.iso
cat diskfile2.iso >> result.iso


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