Alternatives to CDemu for all platforms with any license

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  • WinCDEmu icon

    WinCDEmu

    WinCDEmu is an open-source CD/DVD/BD emulator - a tool that allows you to mount optical disc mages by simply clicking on them in Windows Explorer. If you have downloaded an ISO image and want to use it without burning it to a blank...

    Open Source Windows

  • DAEMON Tools icon

    DAEMON Tools

    DAEMON Tools Lite is an advanced application for Microsoft Windows which provides one of the best optical media emulation in the industry. You can mount *.mdx, *.mds/*.mdf, *.iso, *.b5t, *.b6t, *.bwt, *.ccd, *.cdi, *.cue, *.nrg...

    Freemium Windows

    • Bundleware Lite installer contains ads. Be careful during the installation: https://alternativeto.net/discussions/applications/11718/be-careful-in-the-installation/
  • Virtual CloneDrive icon

    Virtual CloneDrive

    Virtual CloneDrive works and behaves just like a physical CD/DVD drive, however it exists only virtually. Image files of various formats (.iso, .bin, etc) can be mounted onto a virtual drive from your hard-disk or from a network drive...

    Free Windows

  • UltraISO icon

    UltraISO

    CD image files are easily created with UltraISO. Duplicate discs to a CD image, create bootable CDs and audio CD images - and UltraISO also handles DVD image files. If you need to know how to make a CD image or need to edit an ISO...

    Commercial Windows

  • PowerISO icon

    PowerISO

    PowerISO is a powerful CD/DVD image file processing tool, which allows you to open, extract, create, edit, compress, encrypt, split and convert ISO files, and mount these files with internal virtual drive. It can process almost all...

    Commercial Windows

    • Bundleware The installer contains ads. Be careful during the installation: https://alternativeto.net/discussions/applications/11718/be-careful-in-the-installation/
  • Alcohol icon

    Alcohol

    Alcohol is a powerful Windows CD and DVD burning software that makes it easy to create backups of DVDs* and CDs. In addition, the program lets you store your most used CDs as images on your computer, so you can call them up at the...

    Freemium Windows

    • Bundleware The free version of Alcohol 52% contains an optional adware toolbar bundled. It also installs Smart File Advisor without allowing you to uncheck this option during setup.
  • ImDisk Virtual Disk Driver icon

    ImDisk Virtual Disk Driver

    ImDisk is a virtual disk driver for Windows NT/2000/XP/Vista/7/8/8.1 or Windows Server 2003/2008/2012. It can create virtual hard disk, RAM Disk, floppy or CD/DVD drives using image files or system memory. The install package installs...

    Open Source Windows BSD

  • ImDisk Toolkit icon

    ImDisk Toolkit

    Here is the ImDisk Toolkit. This all-in-one package includes the ImDisk Virtual Disk Driver and several tools and interfaces to mount many formats of image files and make a RamDisk available at Windows startup.

    Open Source Windows

  • MagicISO icon

    MagicISO

    MagicISO is a powerful CD/DVD image file creating/editing/extracting tool. It can open / create / edit /extract CD/DVD image files, and it can convert bin to iso and back, as well as make ISO file from DVD/CD-ROM or hard disk, and...

    Freemium Windows

    • Discontinued The program is no longer updated. Last version, 5.5(build 281), released in February 2010, can be still downloaded from the official website.
  • AcetoneISO icon

    AcetoneISO

    AcetoneISO, is a feature-rich and complete software application to manage CD/DVD images. Thanks to powerful open source tools such as fuseiso, AcetoneISO will let You mount typical proprietary images formats of the Windows world such...

    Open Source Linux

  • OSFMount icon

    OSFMount

    OSFMount allows you to mount local disk image files (bit-for-bit copies of a disk partition) in Windows with a drive letter. You can then analyze the disk image file with PassMark OSForensics by using the mounted volume's drive...

    Free Windows

  • Pismo File Mount Audit Package icon

    Pismo File Mount Audit Package

    Pismo File Mount Audit Package is a Windows application that allows users to mount the contents of ZIP, ISO, Compact ISO, Compact File Set and Private Folder files to the file system as virtual folders. Pismo File Mount Audit Package...

    Free Linux Mac Windows

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  • Furius ISO Mount  icon

    Furius ISO Mount

    Furius ISO Mount is a simple Gtk+ Interface to Mount ISO, IMG, BIN, MDF and NRG Image files without burning to disk. An ISO, IMG, BIN, MDF and NRG Image management utility for the Gnome Desktop Environment. Features ...

    Open Source Linux

    • Discontinued The official website is no longer available. Last version, 0.11.3.1, released in January 2011, can be still downloaded from Softpedia
  • TotalMounter icon

    TotalMounter

    TotalMounter is only free software that allows user to mount virtual CD/DVD burner that is allowing to directly burn data onto an ISO file, not to an optical disk (such as CD or DVD). After mounting virtual burner for the first time...

    Freemium Windows

  • WinMount icon

    WinMount

    WinMount is a powerful archive and virtual drive tool. It can compress and decompress. It also can mount ZIP, mount RAR, mount MOU, mount cd dvd and hdd image as a virtual drive.

    Freemium Windows

    • Discontinued The program is no longer updated. Last version, V3.5.1018, released in October 201, can be still downloaded from the official website.
  • Gmount ISO icon

    Gmount ISO

    GMount ISO is a simple tool for Linux that facilitates mounting ISO images as a virtual drive. GMount ISO is a frontend to the mount command and is written using PyGTK and Glade. Virtual disc access rate is about 200 times faster than...

    Free Linux

  • Virtual CD-ROM Control Panel icon

    Virtual CD-ROM Control Panel

    This free program for lets you create a virtual CD drive on your hard disk. The "32k" program load ISO Images (iso), CDFS (cdfs), Joilet (jo), Rock Ridge (rock), UDF (udf), and any standard iso format. For anyone unfamiliar...

    Free Windows

  • BurnCDCC icon

    BurnCDCC

    This utility is used to burn an ISO file to a CD/DVD/BD disc. Many new systems come with a limited CD/DVD software package that lacks the ability to burn ISO files.

    Free Windows

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  • FuseISO

    FuseISO is a FUSE module to mount ISO filesystem images (.iso, .nrg, .bin, .mdf and .img files). It currently support plain ISO9660 Level 1 and 2, Rock Ridge, Joliet, and zisofs.

    Open Source Linux

  • Gizmo Drive icon

    Gizmo Drive

    Gizmo Drive is a virtual device simulator which allows you to create password protected hard disk images with its proprietary GDRIVE format. Gizmo Drive also supports a number of standard image formats including: ISO, VHD, BIN, IMG...

    Free Windows

    • Discontinued The program is no longer updated. Last version, 2.7.9, released in May 2011, can be still downloaded from the official website.
  • WinArchiver icon

    WinArchiver

    WinArchiver is a powerful archive utility, which can open, create, and manage archive files. It supports almost all archive formats, including zip, rar, 7z, iso, and other popular formats. WinArchiver can also mount the archive to a...

    Commercial Windows

  • Gmount

    Gmount is the program which helps you to mount images in Linux

    Open Source Linux Windows

  • ISO Toolkit icon

    ISO Toolkit

    "ISO Toolkit" is a free ISO manipulation tool which allows you to create ISO image, copy ISO image from CD/DVD, convert ISO, NRG, CUE images, extract content of ISO, NRG, BIN and CUE images, mount ISO, NRG, BIN and CUE...

    Free Windows

  • gISOmount icon

    gISOmount

    gISOMount is a simple graphical interface to enable the mounting of ISO's with ease. Useful for if you are involved with beta testing of isos and need to quickly mount them wo check which version they, or to grab files off isos...

    Open Source Linux

  • Free ISO Creator icon

    Free ISO Creator

    Free ISO Creator can easily create ISO image file from any files and folders. It is an ideal tool to create ISO file. Features of Free ISO Creator: Create ISO image from files and folders,.Create UDF/ISO CD DVD image file, Create ISO...

    Free Windows

  • VHDAttach icon

    VHDAttach

    This is small tool that adds Attach and Detach option to contextual (aka right-click) menu of Virtual disk (vhd) files. That enables those operations to be done without trip to Disk Management console. Detach option is available on...

    Free Windows

  • ISODisk icon

    ISODisk

    ISODisk is a free and powerful ISO disk image file tool that allows you to create up to 20 virtual CD/DVD drives, mount .ISO disk images and access the them as if it were burned to CD or DVD. This free program can also quickly create...

    Free Windows

  • Virtual CD icon

    Virtual CD

    With Virtual CD you can create compressed 1:1 copies (virtual CDs/DVDs/BDs) to your hard drive. You can then store your originals safely in a cabinet! Your virtual CDs are then available with a simple click or even automatically with...

    Commercial Windows

  • ToastMount icon

    ToastMount

    Roxio Toast 5 and 6 for Mac OS X provide an extension to load a cd image (.iso) as a virtual drive on your desktop. This is NOT the same as mounting with Disk Image Helper. Any normal application will see the disk as a real drive and you...

    Open Source Linux Mac BSD

  • gBurner Virtual Drive

    gBurner Virtual Drive is an application that lets you create and manage virtual drives on your PC. This application can be especially useful for users who work with ISO images and need to mount multiple virtual disks at a time. It...

    Free Windows

  • discmage

    discmage handles all kinds of CD images. It does rip single tracks, mounts images or tracks using FUSE, repairs broken ISO tracks, and much more.

    Open Source Linux

    • Discontinued Official site/app unavailable.
  • Kiso icon

    Kiso

    KIso is a graphical user interface for KDE 3.x for creating, extracting and editing of ISO-Images. It has the purpose to make it as easy as possible to: * Open ISO and NRG images. * Create an ISO image from CD. * Easy and...

    Open Source Linux BSD

    • Discontinued Last version, 0.8.3, was released on December 2005. It is still downloadable from Sourceforge
  • VirtualDrive

    FarStone CD/DVD emulators are the perfect CD management solution for families with small children, gamers on the go, small businesses with disc-based programs, and schools with disc-based educational material.

    Commercial Windows

CDemu Comments

Tip: add repository and then use Synaptic Package Manager t ...

Comment by SpawnHappyJake
about CDemu Jun 2011

Tip: add repository and then use Synaptic Package Manager to install it rather than compiling from source. You pretty much have to be Chuck Noris to compile this from source.
Love this program. There should be a 'love' button. Works great. GUI applet is a nice cherry on top. Think about it - it's an open source CD emulator that works on Linux, how awesome is that?
When I mount my Battle for Naboo iso with CDemu, I can play the game through WINE 1.3. I was bummed when I found out that 'sudo mount -o loop' only makes a pseudo-device, rather than actually emulating hardware. Then this program filled that void!
Speaking of open-source, people might make mod'ed versions of it...like, hey, maybe someone will add in virtual burning (burn to new image file instead of a CD where the user can have CDemu generate a blank and mount that blank and the emulated CD hardware appears to have a blank disc in it to which a burning program can see and write to just like any other blank CD - then you have an iso or bin instead of a real CD when you are done burning) to this program. You see, it's open source, so there's hope for things like this.

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