Software, Technology

Mount ISO images without the command line

Or, ‘how to check your newly mastered DVD-iso image is good before you burn it and waste your blank media.’

Everybody knows I hate typing hieroglyphics at the command line. Any opportunity to avoid the terminal session, I take it….

Why do I want to mount an ISO?

  • you use DeVeDe to master a disk structure and want to check the results before you burn it
  • you want higher performance of a game on CD than your optical drive allows
  • you want to take your training DVD’s on the road with your laptop without taking the disks and boxes and clutter.
  • you want to extend the battery life of the laptop by not using the laser light and mechanical spindle-thing.

Copying the disk (that you legally own, of course) to the hard drive using Brasero using the image option; choose location for the .iso image file – somewhere with sufficient disk space.

Mount an ISO image file
So although I could open a terminal and type:
sudo mkdir /media/iso

Which creates a point for it, then mount the ISO image:
sudo mount -o loop /home/videos/mytest.iso

Then un-mount later with:
sudo umount /media/iso/

I could use some scripts a la UbuntuGeek’s post (http://www.ubuntugeek.com/mount-and-unmout-iso-images-without-burning-them.html)

But I prefer a little program I first found back in 2007.

Gmountiso, a PyGTK GUI to mount your cd images:
“Gmount-iso is a small tool written using PyGTK and Glade. It allows you to easily mount your cd images. This is a frontend to the
‘mount -o loop -t iso9660 foo.iso /mountpoint’ command”

It is in the Ubuntu repositories, or go to the GmountIso project homepage
http://www.crans.org/Syst%C3%A8meLinux/GmountIso

You can achieve the same result with nautilus-mount-image (http://mundogeek.net/nautilus-scripts/#nautilus-mount-image) which is a deb-packaged script with the added benefit this gives you a right-click menu option.  RC

About Robin Catling

Writer; performer; project manager; sports coach; all-round eccentric.

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