How to Mount .iso files on Linux

By | October 25, 2014

ISO image or .iso file is an image of an optical disc. ISO images can be created from optical discs by disk imaging software. In this quick tutorial i will show you how to mount your .iso file on your GNU/Linux without any third-party software, but just by using standard linux mounting command and yes this command is mount. 

mount is used to mounting a file system to your directory, for example to mount your Windows Partition. So how do we mount .iso files on linux without any third party software ?, just follow this quick tutorial :).

Step 1

Create a directory for your mount point, you can skip this step if you don’t want to create a new directory, to create new mount point directory just enter this command :

$ mkdir -p /mnt/iso

if error use sudo :

$ sudo mkdir -p /mnt/iso

for me, I always use /mnt directory for mounting because it make my directory more organized, you can use your own directory, for example on your home directory.

Step 2

Use mount command to mount your iso file.

$ sudo mount -o loop file.iso /mnt

Parameter -o loop is for loop device, loop device are often used by CD ISO images. To change mount point, just change /mnt to your directory, for example

$ sudo mount file.iso /home/yourname/myiso

Step 3

Last step just go to your mount point directory.

$ cd /mnt
$ ls -l

If you see your files, then you success to mount your iso files :).

Unmounting ISO Files

To unmount your mount point, simply just enter this command on your terminal :

$ sudo umount /mnt

Once again /mnt is your mountpoint, Then check your directory if there is any leftover files.

So that’s all for my quick tutorial for How to Mount .iso files on Linux, I hoped this tutorial help you to mount any kind of your iso files. If you have any question or suggestion just leave it in the comment or by contact me via Contact PageThank you 🙂

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