How to Burn an ISO to a Disk with Linux

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How to Burn an ISO to a Disk with Linux
Make sure that you're using the right disc for the project. (Zedcor Wholly Owned/ Images)

Burning an ISO file in Linux is no harder than burning one in Windows; Linux has several programs with simple interfaces for burning your ISO file to disc -- simply select the right mode, load your ISO file, and click burn. Make sure that you're using the right kind of disc for the size of your ISO file when prepping to create a disc; CDs, DVDs, and Bluray discs can all create an image using the ISO format.

Skill level:



  1. 1

    Download K3b, if it is not already installed with your distribution of Linux. K3b can be downloaded from

  2. 2

    Insert a blank disc in your computer. Make sure that the disc is large enough to contain the ISO contents; both CDs and DVDs can use the ISO format to create an image.

  3. 3

    Select either "Burn CD Image" or "Burn DVD Image", depending on what kind of disc you're creating.

  4. 4

    Click the browse button beside the text box below "Image to Burn" and select the ISO file that you want to burn to disc. Under "Burn Medium" select the blank media you've inserted, if it is not selected by default.

  5. 5

    Click "Start" to begin the burning process.


  1. 1

    Download and install Brasero, if it is not already on your computer. As of this writing Brasero is the default disc management program for Ubuntu (11.04), and can be accessed by clicking the Ubuntu icon in the upper left corner of the screen and either typing "Brasero" or going to "Media Apps". Brasero can be downloaded from

  2. 2

    Insert your blank disc into your optical drive and open Brasero, and select the last icon: "Burn Image".

  3. 3

    Click the button below "Select a Disc Image to Write" and select the ISO file that you want to burn. In the second button, below "Select a Disc to Write To" select the drive where you've installed the blank disc.

  4. 4

    Click "Create Image".


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    Download and install ImgBurn. ImgBurn is built as a Windows application, but it works in Linux with the Wine software. For users who dual boot or run multiple computers that use both Windows and Linux, ImgBurn makes it easy to use the same application without having to learn two different programs on different operating systems. ImgBurn can be downloaded at>

  2. 2

    Insert your blank disc into your computer and open ImgBurn. On the main screen click the first icon, marked "Write Image File to Disc".

  3. 3

    Click the browse button, the icon beside "Please Select a File", and choose your ISO file. Under "Destination" select your optical drive from the drop-down menu, if it's not already selected.

  4. 4

    Click the "Write" button at the bottom of the program window, an image of a file with a green arrow pointing at a disc.

Tips and warnings

  • K3b has a "Simulate" check box, which you can use if you want to make sure the burning process will run properly before using a blank disc.
  • Burning an image can take some time, anywhere from fifteen minutes to an hour, depending on the size of the disc that you're writing.

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