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I want to create an iso image from my bootable DVD. I want to create direct DVD to iso image. Please suggest me the right way to create iso image from DVD.

marked as duplicate by Eric Carvalho, Radu Rădeanu, Basharat Sialvi, Mitch, Thomas Ward Jun 13 '13 at 19:07

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Insert the CD or DVD that you want to make an ISO image of, and open a terminal window. To do that, just press Ctrl+Alt+T on your keyboard to open Terminal. When it opens, run the command(s) below:

sudo cat /dev/srx > /home/<user_name>/<file_name.iso>

Make sure that you replace (x) with your device number.

for example in my case I would do:

sudo cat /dev/sr0 > /home/mitch/example.iso
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    Mitch's comment using the terminal is also good in the case of trying to copy a home-made DVD which has invalid characters in the file name or title. I recently couldn't get Brasero to make an ISO of a DVD with slashes in the name (the DIY idiot used slashes to date the title - probably worked in Windows!). But at the terminal I could specify a new name and it all worked ok. – FatPopDoWop Nov 20 '13 at 18:41
  • Great now how do I find out what is my device number? – Thomas Browne Apr 10 '15 at 6:25
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    @ThomasBrowne use sudo lshw -class disk to find your device(s) number. – Mitch Apr 10 '15 at 6:31
  • I guess thats simplest method! And it does work both ways, dvd to iso and iso to dvd, thanks a lot ! – Krzysiek Witkowski Dec 9 '16 at 6:32
  • This is amazingly awesome! – Rexford Aug 1 '17 at 21:22

In Brasero Disk Burner which is installed on Ubuntu by default, select Disc Copy and select Disk image for Select a Disk to write to and create image.


Either use Brasero, like Mohammad Etemaddar suggested, or dd, as described here: http://www.wikihow.com/Create-an-ISO-File-in-Linux

The method which is described in WikiHow: dd if=/dev/cdrom of=~/cdrom_image.iso

if: input file

of: output file

dd: disk dump

Another very good description on making ISO image has been written here.


i know that imgburn (for windows) works flawlessly on the lastest wine, tried it myself while navigating my windows partition

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