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How to Burn ISO in Linux

by Chris Hoffman

ISO images are disc image files that contain all the information required for duplicating a disc. ISO images are often used for burning operating system installation images. You can burn ISO images to CDs or DVDs in Linux using the software included with the GNOME or KDE packages, or by using the command line.

GNOME

Step 1

Insert a blank or rewritable CD or DVD into your disc drive, then close it. Click "Cancel" on any prompt windows that appear.

Step 2

Right-click the ISO file, then click "Burn to Disc."

Step 3

Click "Select a Disc" in the "Image Burning Setup" window and click your disc drive in the list.

Burn the ISO to disc by clicking "Burn" in the "Image Burning Setup" window.

KDE

Step 1

Insert a blank or rewritable CD or DVD into your disc drive, then close it.

Step 2

Open the CD/DVD creation application by clicking the "K" menu at the bottom left of your screen, then clicking "Applications," "Multimedia" and "CD & DVD Burning."

Step 3

Open the "Burn Image" window by clicking "Tools" at the top of the burning application window, then clicking "Burn Image."

Step 4

Select an ISO by clicking the folder next to the "Image to Burn" box, browsing to an ISO file, then double-clicking it.

Burn the ISO file to disc by clicking "Start" in the "Burn Image" window.

Command Line

Step 1

Insert a blank or rewritable CD or DVD into your disc drive, then close it.

Step 2

View the device path of your disc drive by typing "wodim --devices" into the command prompt, then pressing "Enter."

Burn the ISO file to disc by typing "wodim dev=/dev/cdrw -v -data cd_image.iso," replacing "/dev/cdrw" with the path to your disc drive shown by the "wodim --devices" command and "cd_image.iso" with the path to the ISO file. Then press "Enter." For example, burn an ISO file located on your desktop by typing "wodem dev=/dev/cdrw -v -data /home/username/Desktop/cd_image.iso."

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