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.


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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. Nov 20, 2013 at 18:41
  • Great now how do I find out what is my device number? Apr 10, 2015 at 6:25
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    @ThomasBrowne use sudo lshw -class disk to find your device(s) number.
    – Mitch
    Apr 10, 2015 at 6:31
  • I guess thats simplest method! And it does work both ways, dvd to iso and iso to dvd, thanks a lot ! Dec 9, 2016 at 6:32
  • This is amazingly awesome!
    – KhoPhi
    Aug 1, 2017 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.

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    I'd rather use a designated tool like dd than piping all data as suggested in accepted answer. +1! For dd you can append status=progress for feedback about … well… progress :)
    – nuala
    Jul 19, 2019 at 15:51

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

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