MIME Application/Octet-stream

MIME Content Type: application

What is MIME Application/Octet-stream?

The MIME type application/Octet-stream is considered to be one of the popular multipurpose application files. Generally this type is used for identifying the data that is not associated with any specific application. An Application/Octet-stream is a MIME attachment which is present in the operating system. This MIME type is basically related to the file extension .bin as it relates to all of the binary files. It is one of the important types in the operating system. Application/Octet-stream comes in the category of binary files. The format will be according to the coding. The working of Application/Octet-stream can be seen in web browser. So the coding will be according to the working of the web browser. Every web browser is different and gives the user various operations for use of internet. The coded information is identified by the web browser and it gives the user various options to access the MIME type.

Different applications are loaded on the system. The working of Application/Octet-stream is to identify the file which is present in the email and then scan the system. The type scans the system for suitable application that can open the data which is received in the email. To see the operation of Application/Octet-stream an example can be given. If any important letter is sent through an email the working of Application/Octet-stream can be seen in the web browser. As the data is approached and clicked for viewing, the type will scan the system for appropriate applications and give the user available options. The preferred option in this case would be of word applications as the type is a letter. If there is an extension along it's easy for the system to identify it and use it. But in some cases there is no extension given. In such situations it is the use of Application/Octet-stream types that can help.

The working of Application/Octet-stream types is done in Windows and Macintosh operating systems only. The working can be seen according to the different set ups of the type. Every application is designed in a different manner. The coding of MIME type is also done accordingly. As the data is received through email this type of MIME is used. It caters the requirements of human in sending and receiving of data through online resources. With the help of this MIME type transfer of data takes place in less time on the net. Lots of web browsers uses application/Octet-stream.

Related RFCs: [rfc2045][rfc2046]

How to fix MIME Application/Octet-stream errors?

Web browsers, like IE and Firefox, use MIME Types to determine the best host applications to render and present binary data sets that are embedded in web pages. When you encounter a MIME Application/Octet-stream error, it is caused by one of the following two types of errors:

1) You PC doesn't have a host application that can open and render MIME Application/Octet-stream content. Like file extensions, each MIME Type corresponds to a particular host application that can be used to read and write binary data sets according to the matching MIME Type specification.

2) Your PC may have errors in the Windows Registry due to corrupt and invalid entries. Even if you have a matching host application installed, it couldn't be found and used by the Internet browser.


It is strongly recommended that you scan your PC to identify and correct these errors to properly view content embedded in MIME Application/Octet-stream format.