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Mount an ISO Image in Linux

This page will explain how you can use ISO image files in Linux.

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Prerequisite Module

You’ll have to make sure that the loop module is loaded before you can use this feature.

sudo modprobe loop

Mount a CD ISO Image

We’ll use the regular mount command to mount the ISO image into a folder, just like you would do with a regular drive. The difference is that we pass the -o loop command to specify the loop module, which can handle ISO images.

sudo mount filename.iso /media/iso -t iso9660 -o loop

Of course you should make sure that you have created the /media/iso folder ahead of time.

Mount a DVD ISO Image

When mounting ISO images of DVDs, you might have to use the UDF type instead of ISO.

sudo mount filename.iso /media/iso -t udf -o loop

Mount an ISO Image in Gnome

todo: Explain how to use the gnome scripts to mount images.

Open an ISO Image Without Mounting

todo: Explain how you’ll be able to open the file without actually mounting it.

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  • Published 07/16/10

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