Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I'm thinking of backing up important CDs and DVDs by not simply copy-pasting the files from the CD or DVD, that's why i'd like to create ISO image files instead. What's a good app for that? It should run smoothly on Fedora 11.

share|improve this question

closed as off-topic by Michael Kjörling, mpy, Tog, Kevin Panko, Scott Jun 28 '14 at 0:23

This question appears to be off-topic. The users who voted to close gave this specific reason:

  • "Questions seeking product, service, or learning material recommendations are off-topic because they become outdated quickly and attract opinion-based answers. Instead, describe your situation and the specific problem you're trying to solve. Share your research. Here are a few suggestions on how to properly ask this type of question." – Michael Kjörling, mpy, Tog, Kevin Panko, Scott
If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

up vote 11 down vote accepted

In Gnome you can :

  1. Insert the CD (or DVD) into the drive. A CD icon should appear on the desktop after it auto mounts
  2. Right click on the desktop icon and from the pop up menu select “Copy Disc…”
  3. On the small dialogue that appears the “Copy disc to:” field probably displays the CD/DVD writer drive. Change it to “Image File”, if not already selected.
  4. Select the Properties button, and the .iso file type.
  5. Select the “Copy” button
  6. Select “OK”

In KDE I like K3B - very easy to use.


The above Gnome steps are really only valid for Gnome 2. As @cept0 pointed out, this doesn't work for Fedora 20, which uses Gnome 3. A default fedora through Fedora 14 could use the above Gnome steps. The following will work on Fedora 19 & 20 for sure, Fedora 15 -18, you're on your own ;)

In Gnome 3 you can :

  1. Insert the CD (or DVD) into the drive.
  2. Run the gnome-disk-utility. Several ways to do this. Typing "disc" or "iso" in the activities search area will work.
  3. Click on the gear in the upper right corner
  4. In the drop down select "Create Disk Image"
  5. Change the name & save location if you like and select "Start Creating"

gnome 3 disks screen

share|improve this answer
This one did the trick with the least effort. Thanks, Dave! – Randell Nov 12 '09 at 12:24
-1 Does not work for Fedora 20 anymore .... – mate64 Sep 6 '14 at 16:48
@cept0: It does! ;-) – Peque Dec 21 '14 at 12:17

dd is readily available from the command line:

dd if=/dev/cdrom of=/home/sam/myCD.iso bs=2048 conv=sync,notrunc
share|improve this answer

AcetoneISO can be the application you're looking for

share|improve this answer

Gnome's nautilus, as DaveParillo suggests, uses Brasero, so if you're not using Gnome, just install Brasero (in Fedora it's a standard package, you might already have it---don't know about other distros), then choose "Copy CD/DVD", and do as Dave says.

share|improve this answer
Brasero sucks – mate64 Sep 6 '14 at 16:49

IsoMaster is pretty good and is bundled in every Linux distro.

share|improve this answer
IsoMaster is more a bug than a usable software... – mate64 Sep 6 '14 at 16:51

Use Brasero

sudo yum install brasero
share|improve this answer
it works very well for me. – chandank Sep 10 '14 at 15:30

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .