I file ISO, otherwise known as ISO images, are single files that perfectly represent the content of an entire CD, DVD or Blu-ray Disc: in short, it is a type of disc image composed of all the data contained in each single sector of the reference optical memory medium. They are created to facilitate the dissemination of such contents and, to open them, they must be burned or "mounted" in virtual drives, using special programs.
Taking into account what has just been written and considering that very often I receive emails through which I am asked for clarification on the matter, today I decided to write this guide focused on programs for ISO. If you are interested in this - and considering the fact that you are now here and you are reading these lines, I would say yes - take a few minutes of free time all to yourself and concentrate on the information you find below.
Together, we are going to find out what are the best software currently on the market to open, mount and create ISO images, both for Windows and for macOS, both free and paid. I anticipate immediately that there are multiple resources used for this purpose, you are spoiled for choice. Oh, I almost forgot: some operations can also be carried out without resorting to "third party" tools, based on using the features already included in the operating system. But now let's not waste any more time chatting and let's get busy! I wish you, as usual, happy reading and I wish you a big good luck for everything!
Windows ISO Manager
With either Windows 8 that with Windows 10 it's possible mount ISO images without the need for third-party software: just take advantage of the special function integrated in the Microsoft operating system and it's done. I'll explain immediately how to proceed.
To use this built-in Windows feature, right-click on theISO image icon you want to mount. From the context menu that will be shown to you at this point, select the item Monta: once this is done, a window will open File Explorer and you will be shown the content of the mounted ISO. Done!
If, on the other hand, you want burn to disc the ISO file, select the item Burn disc image from the context menu (instead of the "Mount" one), choose the speed with which to write the data and start copying the information on CD or DVD, by pressing the appropriate button. Easier than that ?!
MacOS Disk Utility
With MacOS it's possible mount, create e burn to disc ISO images using the special features offered by the same operating system. Let's see immediately what it is!
To mount an ISO image, all you have to do is right-click on its icon, select apri with from the menu that opens and then the item DiskImageMounter (default). Subsequently, macOS will automatically mount the ISO image and you can view its contents through the window that will open on the desktop.
If, on the other hand, you want to create an ISO image, just boot Disk Utility, the disk management application pre-installed on macOS, by clicking on its icon (the one with the hard disk and the stethoscope), contained in the folder Other . Launchpad.
Once the relevant window on the screen is displayed, insert the disc from which you want to create the ISO file into your Mac's CD / DVD drive and select the CD / DVD from the left sidebar. Then click on the entry Fillet present at the top left and select the items New Image> Image from [disk name] from the menu that opens
Once the dialog for creating the ISO file is displayed, to obtain an image in standard format select the option master DVD/CD from the menu Format and the voice none from the menu Encode. Then indicate, through the new window displayed, the path in which to save the image file and the name you want to assign it and click on the button Save. You may also be asked to enter the password of your user account on macOS.
What you will eventually get will be image files in CDR. To turn it into ISO, open the terminal macOS by clicking on its icon (the one with the black window and the command line) present in the folder Other . Launchpad and issue the following command.
sudo hdiutil makehybrid -iso -joliet -o [ISO path] [CDR path]
Instead of values [ISO path] e [CDR path] you must enter, respectively, the full path to the ISO file to be created and of the source CDR file. Next, hit the button Submit on the keyboard and type the password for your user account on the Mac to confirm the operation.
Infine, per burn to disc an ISO file, all you have to do is select it with the right mouse button and select the item Burn disc image "file name.iso" to disc ... give the menu to compare.
Daemon Tools Lite (Windows/macOS)
Daemon Tools Lite is without doubt one of the programs for ISO The most famous and used "third party" in the world, thanks to which it is possible to "mount" the images of CDs and DVDs on virtual drives. In this way, the data present in the ISO files can be viewed and used as if the diskettes from which they were taken were actually inserted in the computer. It is ideal for games that require floppies to be played, programs and drivers. Note that it also allows you to create ISO files.
It works on both Windows and macOS. In the first case it is free but it is eventually also available in the Pro and Ultra variants, both for a fee (in the first case you have to pay a subscription with a base price of 8 euros / month, while in the second the subscription has a base cost of 5 euros / month, including several additional features). For macOS, however, it is only available in a paid variant (the license has a basic cost of 9 euros / month), but you can download the free trial version that works for 20 days without limitations.
To download the program on Windows, connected to its official website and click on the button Download. Once the download is complete, open the file .exe obtained and presses the button Si in the window that opens on the desktop. Then press the button Free license and on that Install.
Next, select the option Free License, pig sul sul bottone Agree & Continue, remove the check box for installing extra programmi (Eg. Avast) and presses the button Install. If during the setup you are asked to install the controller Disc Soft, you agree to this by pressing the button Install. Finally, click on the button Run.
At this point, click on the buttons Skip Tutorial e Salta and, once the main program window is displayed, choose the action you want to take. To mount an ISO, click the button Quickly mount (bottom left) and select the reference file, after which you will find the image file in the form of a virtual CD / DVD drive in the section What PC o computer (depending on the version of Windows used) of the PC.
If you want to create an ISO file, insert the reference disk in the CD / DVD drive of your computer, click on the icon pencil located on the left sidebar, select the up option Capture a disc, indicate the CD / DVD drive from which you want to generate the image file from the drop-down menu Peripheral and choose ISO from the menu Format. Per conclusdere, pigia sul pulsating [...], select the folder in which to save the image file and click on the button starts to start creating it.
To use the program on MacOSinstead, connected to this other page of the Daemon Tools website and presses the button Download. Successively, apri il package .dmg ottenuto e trascina l 'software icon in the folder Applications of macOS. Then right click on it and select apri twice in a row, in order to start the application, however, going around the limitations that Apple applies to applications from non-certified developers.
Then click on the button I agree, present in the window that opens, then type the password of your user account on Mac and click on the button Install assistant. If a warning about the system extension block, go to System Preference clicking on the relevant icon (the one with thegear) on the Dock barpiggy back his Security and Privacy in the window that opens and press the button Allow which is located at the bottom. Next, click on the button Continue in the program window and, finally, presses the button Open DAEMON Tools.
Now that you see the program window, click on the buttons Test e Close, then if you want to mount an ISO file, click on the button Quickly mount at the bottom left and select the referenced file from the Finder window that opens.
To burn, on the other hand, indicate the type of operation you intend to perform by clicking on the appropriate buttons located on the toolbar at the top and using the menus and buttons available on the screen to finalize the procedure.
For further information on the functioning of the program, I invite you to refer to my tutorial dedicated specifically to the topic.
IsoBuster is a very popular Windows operating system program designed to extract data from damaged CDs and DVDs when the built-in Windows function fails.
However, its functions do not end with data recovery: the software, in fact, is able to open all major image file formats, including ISOs, as well as to create images from any CD or DVD inserted into your computer. It is paid (costs $ 39,95) but is available in a free trial version that works for 30 days.
To download the program on your PC, connect to its official website and press the button Download IsoBuster. Once the download is complete, open the file .exe obtained and presses the button Si in the window that opens on the desktop. Then click on the button OK to confirm the use of the Italian language and on the button forward four times. Then press the button Install and, finally, press on end e Si.
At this point, press the button Register later to start the free trial, click on Si to allow the program to connect to the Internet and, through the main software window that has opened on the desktop, presses the menu Fillet and choose Open Image Fileand to open an ISO file.
To create an image from a disk inserted in your computer's CD / DVD drive, select theunit reference from the drop-down menu at the top, right click on the disk name in 'File Explorer located on the left and choose, from the menu that opens, the option for create an image file.
Magic ISO Maker (Windows)
As his name easily implies, Magic ISO Maker is a software that allows you to create backup copies of CDs, DVDs and Blu-Ray inserted into your PC in the form of image files to be stored on hard drives and other storage devices. The program also allows you to open ISO files to view and / or modify their content and to convert all major image file formats to ISO. It is paid but is available in a free 30-day trial.
To download the software to your computer, go to its official website and click on the link Download Site 1 which is at the top of the page (if that doesn't work, click on the link below). When the download is complete, open the file .exe obtained and click the button Si in the window that opens, then presses the button Next four times in a row and on that Finish, to complete the setup. Then start the program by double clicking on the relative shortcut that has been added to the desktop.
At this point, click on the button Try It! in the window that opens, in order to start the software trial. Pigia then on the menu Language and select Italian, to set the program interface in Italian.
Therefore, use theFile Explorer which is located at the bottom to select the ISO file you want to open and explore and / or modify its contents through the other File Explorer located at the top of the program window. You can then use the buttons on the toolbar to perform other operations of various types, for example: save the current image file, burn a CD with the ISO image open, etc.
If, on the other hand, you want to convert a certain file in ISO format, always open it as I have indicated above, then select the menu Fillet, scegli l'opzione Save eat and indicate the location where you want to save it and the name you want to give it, making sure that in the drop-down menu Format the option is selected Standard ISO Image (otherwise you provide).
ImgBurn is a popular burning software all about copying and burning ISO files. It's totally free and it's only for Windows. Unfortunately, it hasn't been updated for some time, but it still works great even on the most recent versions of the Microsoft operating system.
Note that, apart from ISO files, it also supports writing data CDs and DVDs and audio CDs. In addition, it has a simple but pleasant and easily understandable user interface.
To use it, connected to its website, click on the item Mirror x – Provided by MajorGeeks and, on the page that opens, on [email protected]. Then connect to this other page and download the translation file that allows you to have the software interface in Italian (instead of English).
Now, open the file .exe just got it and click the buttons Si e Next. Check the box I accept the terms of the License Agreement, click the button again Next four consecutive times and then on the buttons Yes e Close, but will conclude the setup.
Extract the file now italian.lng of the translation fromZIP archive previously downloaded and copy it to the folder C:Program FilesImgBurnLanguages. If you are asked for confirmation to complete the operation, you agree to it.
Now, all you have to do is insert the disk from which you want to create the ISO image into your computer, start ImgBurn using the shortcut that was added to the desktop and select the item Create a disk image from the software home screen.
So make sure that in the drop-down menu Origin the CD / DVD / Blu-Ray drive in which you inserted the disk is selected, click on the icon gialla poster to choose the name to assign to the ISO file you are about to generate and the path to save it and start the procedure by clicking on the large icon with the two CDs which is at the bottom left.
If, on the other hand, you want to burn an ISO file, select the option Burn an image From the main ImgBurn screen, select the reference ISO file by clicking on the gialla poster, check that in the drop-down menu Destination the CD / DVD / Blu-Ray drive in which you inserted the disk is selected and presses the large icon with i two CDs (always placed at the bottom left).
Although not properly included in the category of specific software for managing ISO files, Burn Energy Drink, famous little program for macOS for burning in general, still deserves to be mentioned in this guide as thanks to it it is possible to create image files of CDs, DVDs and Blu-Ray quickly and easily.
It is free but unfortunately its development has been interrupted for some years now. Nevertheless it continues to work very well even on the most recent versions of the “bitten apple” operating system. To use it for your purpose, connect to its official download page and wait for the file to download automatically.
Once the download is complete, extract theZIP archive ottenuto e trascina l 'Burn icon present to your internal nella cartella Applications from the Mac. Successively, click to destroy your di essa and select apri twice in a row, in order to open the program, however, going around the limitations that Apple applies to applications from non-certified developers.
Now that you see the Burn window, select the tab Copy, click the button Scan, choose the drive that contains the disk to copy and click the button Save bottom right.
To burn an ISO file instead, select the item apri from the menu Fillet (top left), choose the image file to copy to CD or DVD and click on the button Burn on Burn.
Other Programs for ISO
Didn't the ISO programs I mentioned in the previous lines convince you in a particular way and are you looking for valid alternatives? Then test the other resources that I have provided you with below. I sincerely hope they can come in handy.
- Poweriso (Windows / macOS) - popular software for Windows and macOS belonging to the category covered by this tutorial. It allows you not only to open and edit ISO files, but also to create image files of any CD, DVD or Blu-Ray inserted in your PC, rip audio CDs, create bootable disks and convert image files of different formats between them. The program is paid ($ 29,95), but is available in a free 30-day trial version.
- WinRAR (Windows) - is one of the most popular compressed archive management programs available for Windows. It allows not only to create archives in RAR / ZIP format and to open all major compressed archive formats, but also to view and extract the contents of ISO files. It is paid (costs € 36,54) but is available in a free trial version which, upon expiration, does not stop working but only blocks the most advanced functions and shows a message at each execution.
- WinCDEmu (Windows) - is a valid free alternative for Windows OS to Daemon Tools: it is, in fact, an excellent software for Microsoft systems through which it is possible to mount CD and DVD images in virtual drives and use them as if in the PC it was really a disk is present. It integrates seamlessly with the context menu of the operating system, allowing you to mount images with a simple right click.