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Can I mount an ISO in Ubuntu 10.04 without requiring the use of sudo?

This is all I know how to do:

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

A few answers mentioned using something called "Archive Mounter". I've never noticed this before, but I do see it listed in the "Open With" list when right-clicking ISO files.

Where can I find documentation on how to use it?

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I have an option to "Open With..." when I right click on an ISO with an "Archive Mounter".

This executes /usr/lib/gvfs/gvfsd-archive which then mounts the ISO automatically. It's part of gvfs, which is installed by default. I am not sure if Nautilus is set to use it by default. (If someone can clarify in a comment I'll update this)

To set it as an option as a default double click, right click on the ISO, select Properties and navigate to this tab and select the radio button to make use of it:

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If it's not available as an option click Add and then select it from the list of applications, then you can go back to the tab and select it as a default action if hat's what you want. If you only use it on occasion having it in the Open With tab will have it show up when you right-click and Open With...

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What should I expect to happen when I open an ISO with Archive Mounter? I don't see any change in the output of mount after running this. – ændrük Sep 14 '10 at 18:27
@Ændrük, When you open an .iso with archive mounter the iso should pop in to the left-side bar in the file manager, and as Javier says in another comment the "cd" is accessible from within the .gvfs folder in you home directory. – LassePoulsen Sep 14 '10 at 18:56
Thanks for explaining this. On my system nothing happens at all when I use Archive Mounter; nothing appears within ~/.gvfs. With no documentation available, I had no way of knowing whether something was broken. Now that I know there is a problem I will pursue the issue on Launchpad. – ændrük Sep 14 '10 at 19:29
Good idea, this looks like a bug. – Jorge Castro Sep 14 '10 at 19:43
@Source Lab: Archive Mounter works only with regular ISO images. No mixed data, multi-tracks. Maybe thats the reason it didnt work for you. Have you tried other images? – MestreLion Jun 15 '11 at 23:32

To mount an iso without administrator privileges you can use fuseiso:

$ fuseiso image.iso ~/mountdir

Unmount the image using fusermount:

$ fusermount -u ~/mountdir

If you don't have fuseiso you will have to install it from the repositories:

$ sudo apt-get install fuseiso

You will need administrator privileges to install.

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you need to add the user to the "fuse group": sudo gpasswd -a <span style="font-weight:bold;">yourusername</span> fuse – Axel Sep 19 '10 at 23:22
@Axel: or use the Users and Groups GUI... checking the "Mount user-spadc filesystems (FUSE)" checkbox in the User Privileges tab – MestreLion Jun 15 '11 at 23:29


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

you are mounting the iso to a folder that owns the root user (hence, you need access to it) BUT, if you mount to e.g. /home/your_user/iso, then there is no need for sudo :D

mount -o loop -t iso9660 image.iso /home/your_user/iso

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+1 for command-line version. – Broam Sep 15 '10 at 20:55
it still says mount: only root can do that – lesmana Sep 16 '10 at 23:16
sorry, my foult.. don't test it.. use @lesmana response instead.. – Axel Sep 19 '10 at 23:23

I think he means an alternative to mount -o loop?

  • Archive Mounter (default)
  • Furius ISO mount
  • Acetone ISO

CD-Rom should work for users by default

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Can you explain a little more about Archive Mounter? What package is it installed from? – ændrük Sep 14 '10 at 17:59
I think it's installed by default. On my Ubuntu 10.10 fresh installation, the default action for ISO-Files is to mount them. I think it should be in the file-roller package, but I'm not shure. – sBlatt Sep 14 '10 at 21:05

The functionality you ask for should be perfectly covered by pmount (man page). In your case, the following command:

pmount -o loop -t iso9660 image.iso iso

should mount your image.iso under /media/iso

EDIT: this doesn't work, as pmount has no "-o" option

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Unfortunately, pmount doesn't accept the options that mount does, so you cannot specify '-o loop'. – Chris Ostler Jul 22 '11 at 6:03

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