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How to use an ISO image on Ubuntu Linux

Like anything else on linux, it’s easiest to do things from the command line. Open up a terminal window and type in the following commands

sudo mkdir /media/iso

sudo modprobe loop

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

You should be able to navigate to the /media/iso folder and see the contents of the ISO image. If you want to unmount the iso, use the following command:

sudo umount /media/iso

Stay tuned, we’ll post a howto about using these ISO images from within the GUI.

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  • Published 09/25/06

Comments (10)

  1. Rahul Prasad

    thanx for the stuff dude…

    But Can anyone please explain it…
    Like what does paramater -t and -o stand for.
    what is “sudo modprobe loop”
    And why iso9660 is used…

    I will be thankfull

  2. Ravindran K

    sudo modprobe loop ->loads/ installs the module for loopback file system support
    iso9660 -> the file system used by CD roms
    -t -> specify the file system type
    -o loop-> for additional options while using a loopback filesystem

  3. shoshuro

    i need help i downloaded unbuntu linux and it is a iso file but when i tried to execute it , it would not let me

  4. steve

    shoshuro If you are on windows you need to burn a cd from the iso image first. Use Nero or the free iso recorder from here:

    http://isorecorder.alexfeinman.com/isorecorder.htm

    then if your system is set to boot from your cd drive, insert the cd in the drive and restart your computer.

    This will run Ubuntu from the cd without installing it. If it works on your system you can click install and follow the directions.

  5. kerry

    if you want to burn your dvd to iso image and save it to your mac,i share you below resource:
    http://www.infopirate.org/_how-burn-dvd-iso-file-mac

  6. Vicky

    Thanks for the help…..

    I always search firstly this site for any help on ubuntu linux 9.04

  7. Mike

    You can mount a iso in Ubuntu with a GUI by using the program: Gmount-iso

  8. My Name's Yoeurm Mut

    hello, how are you tody? My name’s Yoeurm Mut, i am student of IT at Build bring university for 3 years of first semester, I have one problem with my computer so that I would liket to all of you to find out the resole for me.

    here is my problem below:

    First when i started to use my pc everyday but one day i want to delete some program into my pc that i do not want to use it anymore, but when i used add and revomove program in windown. and i select some program that i want to delete but it is unable to delete and it show massage as below:

    - Filename is not here
    and then when I click on this bottom bove it shown more msg
    -could not load language file
    and then more msg below
    -could not configuration file and C\\program file\WYSIWYG Web Builder 5\irunin.dat
    and then it show more msg below
    -Are you sure that you want to remove and all of its component.

    Please kindly reply your answer to my email above.

    Hope you could help me resol this problem

    Thanks you in advance
    Mut

    IT officer

  9. asmara

    kindly tel me somthing about ubuntu ?? and ISO?? and what is ubuntu ISO???? thanks.. waiting 4 reply!!!

  10. Vineeth.J

    @asmara:
    Ubuntu is an operating system that runs on the debian platform, its a linux based OS. and hence very different from windows. although ubuntu developers have tried hard at making Ubuntu easy for beginners .its still best if you know how to use Linux commands
    ubuntu is safer and faster than windows that’s one of its biggest advantage

    an ISO .is an image file..that you get when you create a copy (image) of a cd..you can run it using virtual disks..or just burn it onto another disk..

    hope i helped…
    cheers:

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