Alternatives to DAEMON Tools for all platforms with any license



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  • WinCDEmu icon


    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...

    Open Source Windows

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    Virtual CloneDrive

    Virtual CloneDrive works and behaves just like a physical CD/DVD drive, however it exists only virtually. Image files of various...

    Free Windows

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    PowerISO Bundleware

    PowerISO is a powerful CD/DVD image file processing tool, which allows you to open, extract, create, edit, compress, encrypt, split...

    Commercial Windows

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    CD image files are easily created with UltraISO. Duplicate discs to a CD image, create bootable CDs and audio CD images - and UltraISO...

    Commercial Windows

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    Alcohol Bundleware

    Alcohol is a powerful Windows CD and DVD burning software that makes it easy to create backups of DVDs* and CDs. In addition, the...

    Freemium Windows

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    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...

    Open Source Windows BSD

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    MagicISO Discontinued

    MagicISO is a powerful CD/DVD image file creating/editing/extracting tool. It can open / create / edit /extract CD/DVD image files...

    Freemium Windows

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    AcetoneISO, is a feature-rich and complete software application to manage CD/DVD images. Thanks to powerful open source tools such as...

    Open Source Linux

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    Furius ISO Mount Discontinued

    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...

    Open Source Linux

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    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...

    Free Windows

  • CDemu icon


    CDEmu is a CD/DVD-ROM device emulator for linux, licensed under GPL v2 or later. It is a from-scratch rewrite of the legacy CDEmu...

    Open Source Linux BSD

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    TotalMounter is only free software that allows user to mount virtual CD/DVD burner that is allowing to directly burn data onto an ISO...

    Freemium Windows

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    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...

    Free Mac Windows Linux

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    DVDFab Virtual Drive

    DVDFab Virtual Drive is a virtual emulator for both DVD and Blu-ray. It can emulate 18 drives and mount DVD/Blu-ray ISO image files...

    Free Windows

  • FuseISO

    FuseISO is a FUSE module to mount ISO filesystem images (.iso, .nrg, .bin, .mdf and .img files). It currently support plain ISO9660...

    Open Source Linux

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    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...

    Free Linux

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    WinMount Discontinued

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

    Freemium Windows

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  • 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...

    Free Windows

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    gISOMount is a simple graphical interface to enable the mounting of ISO's with ease. Useful for if you are involved with beta...

    Open Source Linux

  • Phantom Burner icon

    Phantom Burner

    Phantom Burner is a virtual BD-RE/DVD+RW/DVD-RAM/CD-R/BD-ROM/DVD-ROM/CD-ROM emulator software. It not only allows you to mount disc...

    Freemium Windows

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    Commercial Windows

  • ToastMount icon


    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...

    Open Source Mac Linux BSD

  • Gizmo Drive icon

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    Free Windows

  • WinArchiver icon


    WinArchiver is a powerful archive utility, which can open, create, and manage archive files. It supports almost all archive formats...

    Commercial Windows

  • VHDAttach icon


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    Free Windows

  • discmage

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    Open Source Linux

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    Kiso Discontinued

    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...

    Open Source Linux BSD

  • ISODisk icon


    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...

    Free Windows

  • 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...

    Free Windows

  • Gmount

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

    Open Source Windows Linux

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    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...

    Free Windows

  • VirtualDrive

    FarStone CD/DVD emulators are the perfect CD management solution for families with small children, gamers on the go, small businesses...

    Commercial Windows

DAEMON Tools Comments

DAEMON Tools Lite is Just OK

Positive Comment by realnabarl
about DAEMON Tools and WinCDEmu, Virtual CloneDrive Sep 2015

I'm playing Might and Magic VII, disk 2 must be insert to make game playing the music.
With Virtual CloneDrive and WinCDEmu I can run the game but without music, but DAEMON Tools can.


Malware! Beware!

Negative Comment by silhouettegg7248
about DAEMON Tools Apr 2015

As a long-time user of Daemon Tools, I was terribly surprised to find the developers have loaded their recent installations with malware and partnered with known Malware distributors such as "mountspace" (Malwarebytes considers them to be a malicious website, as well) in order to bring the end user bloatware of the Conduit variety, such as Opencandy and Sweetpacks.

Daemon Tools is dead. Stay far away if you know what is good for your computer and your sanity.


No longer good software. Avoid at all costs.

Negative Comment by baconbits
about DAEMON Tools Apr 2015


  • Latest Windows 8 OS update with the latest Daemon Tools Lite breaks Windows Media Player. Loading an audio ISO file no longer notifies Windows Media Player that a new CD has been loaded. You must exit Windows Media Player and restart it for it to detect the newly loaded CD. This is unacceptable if you use Daemon Tools to play your audio CD ISO files.

  • The new Quick Mount feature is a severe downgrade. Previously you could selectively eject and load a virtual CD image on individual drives without recreating the drive. You can no longer do this, because mounting and unmounting are creating and removing the drives on the fly, which plays havoc on apps that depend on CD loading and ejecting notification. Additionally, Quick Mount selects the next available drive for you and removes it when you unmount, so you lose control. This severely hampers your ability to decide which drive gets loaded with which CD image file.

  • Virtual drives no longer persist through a reboot. Any mounted image gets ejected and the drive is removed. You have to set everything up all over again after a reboot.

  • The WORST PROBLEM OF ALL is the installer is absolutely loaded with undesirable adware. It's difficult for even an expert user to avoid installing these unwanted and potentially dangerous programs. This is unacceptable.

I'm a long time Daemon Tools user but not anymore. I am currently evaluating alternative programs. I will also be converting over 1 TB in data files to move away from the MDX file format because it is a Daemon Tools format. I highly recommend you avoid this program at all costs.


Adware PUPs, Spigot.A Warning

Negative Comment by thaeoed
about DAEMON Tools and WinCDEmu Apr 2014

Stealth installs several very invasive pups, browser hijacks as well as Spigot. This used to be a great program but they have definitely sold out (as have so many other small software developers) to spam/spyware/adware companies whose offers are seemingly too good to refuse. Leaving all us end users in the dirt. Opensource is really enjoying some great success as a result as people turn to alternatives that they know are free of crapware, work as well or better, and don't cost a dime. WinCDEmu does the job I previously used this tool for.


How come...

Comment by Thordelan
about DAEMON Tools Nov 2011 is tagged as portable ?


Can't be used in commercial operations, use Virtual Clone D ...

Comment by DataBitz
about DAEMON Tools Jun 2011

Can't be used in commercial operations, use Virtual Clone Drive instead.


Another junk program You mount the file after creating th ...

Comment by gordonthefree33
about DAEMON Tools Jun 2011

Another junk program You mount the file after creating the virtual drive but you cannot play it, the play button is grayed out


Good, but also be warned, the installer want's to install a ...

Comment by northar
about DAEMON Tools Jun 2011

Good, but also be warned, the installer want's to install a lot of junk, like extra toolbars,etc


This entry is quite incorrect. The name is "Daemon Tools", ...

Comment by klischee
about DAEMON Tools Jun 2011

This entry is quite incorrect. The name is "Daemon Tools", but the screenshot shows DAEMON Tools Pro, and the licence is set to free, but it's free for personal use only (Lite) or commercial (Pro). The icon and author/company is wrong too. Edit: I've changed the title to "DAEMON Tools Lite" now, deleted the screenshot and changed the licence to free for personal use. "DAEMON Tools Pro" is another piece of software and should get it's own entry. :)


This was good until it added spyware and adware to it's ins ...

Comment by SeanJA
about DAEMON Tools Jun 2011

This was good until it added spyware and adware to it's install.


I used to use this till they went overboard with the bloat/ ...

Comment by evan
about DAEMON Tools Jun 2011

I used to use this till they went overboard with the bloat/advertisements. I use Virtual Clone Drive now and IMHO it's just better all around. I'm not sure if Daemon Tools has improved over the years though because I haven't been using it.


using Windows 7 x64 and its been working great. A while ago ...

Comment by Mur
about DAEMON Tools Jun 2011

using Windows 7 x64 and its been working great. A while ago it did not support windows 7 but its been fine for about a half a year now.

Daemon Tools is good for mounting almost any cd image file type and is pretty light weight and has a nice interface.