How to Open an ISO File in Ubuntu

by W. P. Wentzell
Ubuntu provides users access to disc image files via the Archive Manager.

Ubuntu provides users access to disc image files via the Archive Manager.

An ISO file--a file with the extension ".iso"--is an image of a complete CD or DVD compiled as one whole image. Typically, ISO files are burned to a disc or mounted, allowing the user to install the files contained within the disc image. Sometimes the user may need to view what is contained within the disc image prior to installation, making it necessary to either mount or simply extract the ISO to a directory located on the drive.

1

Open the directory containing the ISO file.

2

Right-click the file and select "Open with Archive Manager." This will open the Archive Manager window.

3

Select "File" > "Extract." This will open a dialog box. Choose the directory where you would like the files to be extracted and click "Extract." The ISO files are now available to modify under that directory.

Tips

  • check If you need to only view the files and not to extract them, you can navigate the contents of the ISO file within the Archive Manager dialog box.
  • check For instructions on mounting or burning the ISO file, see Resources below.

About the Author

William Paul Wentzell is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, holding bachelor's degrees in English and photojournalism. His work has been published in the New York Times, Deseret News, The Victoria Advocate and The Daily Texan.

Photo Credits

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