Is there a good, free software for creating ISO images from files or discs?

No shareware or "free" software with greatly limited functionality, please!

Edit: For Windows

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    It would be helpful if you mention the operating system for which you're looking for.
    – Ionic
    Commented Jun 25, 2015 at 9:01
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    As he suggests BurnAware Free, which is a Windows product, I'm guessing he is on Windows.
    – holroy
    Commented Jun 25, 2015 at 9:04
  • If you don't need to create ISOs > 300MB, MagicISO will do the trick. I don't list it as an answer, because technically this is "limited functionality" -- but if it works for your specific purpose, knock yourself out! I paid for the full version (~US$30) and it's proven quite handy; it can make bootable ISOs and is very flexible in what it can read and write.
    – Doktor J
    Commented Jun 25, 2015 at 15:47

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I'm assuming from your answer that your OS is Windows. On that, I use InfraRecorder. It:

  • Has full-featured CD/DVD burning and image recording tools
  • Is free and open source, not a shareware or freemium.

You may try Brasero If you run Linux.

If you are running Windows as OS then I recommend the lightweight ImgBurn is a powerful 100% free tool for burning CDs DVDs.

If you don't like or have already tried ImgBurn the there is another one CDBurnerXP. It is also pretty lightweight and satisfactory in looks.(If you don't like the ImgBurn's interface)


There's a couple of PowerShell scripts that can do that:

New-ISOFile function enter image description here

There's ISO Creator Tool. It's really well done for a PowerShell solution:

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I personally don't create ISOs very much. If I have to create one, I use CDBurnerXP, which was already mentioned. For mounting I like to use Virtual CloneDrive. It's very lightweight, simple and integrates itself seamlessly into Windows.

If you're looking for a program that can create and mount ISOs I can recommend DAEMON Tools Lite.

  • Is this free? No, it is not.
    – Daniel
    Commented Jun 25, 2015 at 12:05
  • @Daniel I was confused myself, because I still have an old version installed. If you scroll down you can choose a free license ;)
    – Alex
    Commented Jun 25, 2015 at 12:07
  • There is no free license of CloneDVD on the web site.
    – Daniel
    Commented Jun 29, 2015 at 8:42
  • @Daniel Oh, I'm sorry. They must've changed it somehow. You can only get a 21 day free trial here.
    – Alex
    Commented Jun 29, 2015 at 8:57
  • Please delete the answer. It's misleading.
    – Daniel
    Commented Jun 29, 2015 at 8:59

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