Alternatives to Nero Burning ROM for all platforms with any license

  • ImgBurn icon


    ImgBurn is a lightweight CD / DVD / HD DVD / Blu-ray burning application, available in 39 languages.

    Free Windows

    • Discontinued Even if the developer, in a post on the official forum dated February 2015 (, said the project is not dead, the last version of ImgBurn,, was released years ago, on the 16th June 2013.
    • Bundleware The installer contains bundled adware. Be careful during the installation:
  • CDBurnerXP icon


    CDBurnerXP is a free application to burn CDs and DVDs, including Blu-Ray and HD-DVDs.

    Free Windows

    • Bundleware The default installer contains Opencandy. A version with no third party offers is available in More Download options page.
  • Brasero icon


    Brasero is a application to burn CD/DVD for the Gnome Desktop. It is designed to be as simple as possible and has some unique features to enable users to create their discs easily and quickly. Features Supports multiple...

    Open Source Linux

  • InfraRecorder icon


    InfraRecorder is a free CD/DVD burning solution for Microsoft Windows. It offers a wide range of powerful features; all through an easy to use application interface and Windows Explorer integration.

    Open Source Windows

    • Discontinued The project seems to be abandoned. Last version, 0.53, released in September 2012, can be still downloaded from the official website.
  • K3b icon


    K3b is a CD and DVD authoring application for the KDE desktop environment for Unix-like computer operating systems. It provides a graphical user interface to perform most CD/DVD burning tasks like creating an Audio CD from a set of...

    Open Source Linux BSD

    • Discontinued Even if the project seems to be still in development, last stable version, 2.0.3, was released on November 4th, 2014.
  • Alcohol icon


    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.
  • PowerISO icon


    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:
  • cdrtfe icon


    A small open source CD/DVD burning application for Windows. cdrtfe is a win32 frontend for the cdrtools (cdrecord, mkisofs, readcd, cdda2wav), Mode2CDMaker and VCDImager. It can burn data discs (CD and DVD), Audio CDs, XCDs, (S)VCDs...

    Open Source Windows

  • DVD Flick icon

    DVD Flick

    DVD Flick aims to be a simple but at the same time powerful DVD Authoring tool. It can take a number of video files stored on your computer and turn them into a DVD that will play back on your DVD player, Media Center or Home Cinema...

    Open Source Windows Linux Wine

    • Discontinued As of Oct 2015, the project seems to be abandoned and the installed versions do not function. Last version,, released in June 2009, can be still downloaded from SourceForge
  • BurnAware icon


    BurnAware is a family of full-featured burning software to create CD, DVD and Blu-ray discs of all types. Home users can easily burn bootable discs, multisession discs, high-quality audio CDs and video DVDs, make, copy and burn disc...

    Freemium Windows

    • Bundleware The installer contains bundled adware. Be careful during the installation:
    • Much better: it can do everything nero does and it's FREE Guest • Aug 2015 Disagree   Agree
  • Burn icon


    Burn is a free optical disc authoring application with a simple interface that offers a lot of advanced options. The program supports the creation of data, audio and video discs, and is capable of copying data and audio discs.

    Open Source Mac

    • Discontinued official: Burn 2.5.1 released Sun, 16 Jan 2011 11:01:37
  • AnyBurn icon


    AnyBurn is a light weight but professional CD / DVD / Blu-ray burning software that everyone must have. It provides a free and complete solution for burning.

    Free Windows

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  • Xfburn icon


    Lightweight CD/DVD burning software designed for Xfce, but it runs on Gnome, KDE etc as well. It can blank CDs and DVDs, burn and create ISO images and burn personal compositions of data. At the moment it is at heavy development.

    Open Source Linux Xfce

  • Ashampoo Burning Studio icon

    Ashampoo Burning Studio

    Ashampoo Burning Studio is compact, fast and amazingly easy to use. You just choose from a list of tasks and the software guides you through every step. And even though it has all the functions you would expect from a complete burning...

    Freemium Windows

  • Roxio Toast icon

    Roxio Toast

    The easiest way to burn CDs, DVDs or Blu-ray discs. Copy discs with one click, compress & convert video. Expand your iTunes library with web audio capture. Watch your video, movies and TV shows anywhere. Convert your media for...

    Commercial Mac

  • CloneCD icon


    It uses to get Image from any CD or DVD, Copy them or Burn an Image on a CD or DVD.

    Commercial Windows

  • ISO Workshop icon

    ISO Workshop

    ISO Workshop is a free application designed to facilitate disc image management, conversion and burning operations. It supports a wide range of commonly used disc image formats, including ISO, CUE, BIN, NRG, CDI, MDF, IMG. Optical...

    Free Personal Windows

    • Bundleware Installer defaults to installing ByteFence and Yahoo search extension, there is an option to not install these.
  • BlindWrite icon


    Blindwrite is best game copy software. Copy games & keep yourself safe from damaging your original disks with the VSO Blindwrite game copy software. BlindWrite extracts all the characteristics of your media to your harddrive to...

    Commercial Windows

    • Discontinued The program seems to be no longer updated. Last version,, released in January 2013, can be still downloded from the official website.
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  • DeepBurner icon


    DeepBurner is an advanced and extremely powerful CD and DVD burning package. It even removes the hassle of making autoruns, creating and printing your own labels and booklets. Burn any data, copy any disc, make backups, create...

    Freemium Windows

  • SimpleBurn icon


    SimpleBurn is a minimalistic application for burning and extracting CDs and DVDs.

    Open Source Linux BSD Xfce

  • ISOburn icon


    ISOburn can directly burn your ISO and CD/DVD image file to CD-R,CD-RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW,HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc, it write any data directly.

    Free Windows

  • Roxio Creator icon

    Roxio Creator

    Roxio Creator NXT is the ultimate software suite for DVD burning, video capture, video editing, photo slideshows and more! PHOTO Easy & powerful photo editing and creative design tools make every picture perfect. Create...

    Commercial Windows Windows RT

  • SimplyBurns icon


    SimplyBurns is a Mac OS X application with a GUI, which allows the user to burn CD/DVD media. It has the following modes: Audio CD project; Data project (Filesystems: ISO9660, Joliet, HFS+, UDF); Duplication mode; Burn image mode...

    Open Source Mac

    • Discontinued The project is no longer developed. Last version, rev428, released in October 2011, can be still downloaded from SourceForge
  • Disco icon


    Disco allows you to burn optical media discs, and makes it an fun and amazing software experience. Available as freeware from July 2011.

    Free Mac

    • Discontinued As of July 2011 development and support of Disco have been officially discontinued. It is still downloadable for free from the official website.
  • Astroburn icon


    The best choice for those who want to have quick and easy-to-use home program with essential features to perform disc burning. A. Insert a disc into your drive; B. Select data or an image file; C. Start burn. You can also...

    Free Personal Windows

  • PowerLaser Express icon

    PowerLaser Express

    Lightweight and very easy to use CD/DVD burning application with wizard-style interface.

    Free Windows

    • Discontinued no new version since 2014.
  • Sony CD Architect icon

    Sony CD Architect

    Produce professional audio CDs to Red Book specification. Perform full PQ code editing, trim events from full-length media and add as new tracks, import regions from Sound Forge® software as tracks, master audio by applying over...

    Commercial Windows

  • LiquidCD icon


    LiquidCD is for burning CDs and DVDs. It allows you to burn personal hybrid discs (i.e., showing files on PC/Mac only), add a custom icon to the disc and burn cue/bin files.

    Free Mac

    • Discontinued The official website is no longer available. Last version, 2.0.8, released in November 2010, can be still downloaded from MacUpdate
  • Gnomebaker icon


    GnomeBaker is a CD/DVD burning application for the Gnome desktop.

    Free Linux

    • Discontinued Last update : 2008-06-18
  • Smart DVD Creator icon

    Smart DVD Creator

    Smart DVD Creator Pro for Mac is the most powerful Mac DVD Burner. You can use this Mac DVD Creator to burn popular video formats including MP4, MKV, FLV, AVI... to DVD.

    Commercial Mac

  • Free ISO Burner icon

    Free ISO Burner

    Free ISO Burner can directly burn your ISO and CD/DVD image file to CD-R,CD-RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW,HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc, no need mount any "virtual drives" which emulate physical CDs or DVDs, it write any data...

    Free Windows

  • Express Burn icon

    Express Burn

    Use this free cd burn software to create and burn audio or data CDs. Burn DVDs, Video-DVD (Reauthor, or pre-Authored ones ) and Blu-ray Data discs and HD-DVD. Free never expiring Version for Windows. Commercial Plus Version with more...

    Freemium Mac Windows

  • DoISO icon


    DoISO - free ISO CD/DVD image maker and CD/DVD burner for Windows.

    Open Source Windows

    • Discontinued Not updated since 2010
  • Cdw

    cdw is an ncurses front-end for command-line tools: cdrecord/wodim, mkisofs/genisoimage, growisofs, dvd+rw-mediainfo, dvd+rw-format, xorriso. It utilizes ncurses library to build user-friendly interface and it can be used in UNIX...

    Open Source Linux

    • Discontinued Current version of cdw is 0.8.0, it was released in July 2014.
  • FireStarter FX icon

    FireStarter FX

    FireStarter is a pure Cocoa, Mac OS X only burning application which will allow you to duplicate all kind of CDs (even those that other Mac OS X applications won’t), burn VCDs and SVCDs, and have access to unique features such as...

    Free Mac

    • Discontinued The website is down. Last version, 1.0rc1, was released on July 2008. It can be still downloaded from

Nero Burning ROM Comments

Nero for Mac alternative

Comment by MacHow2
about Nero Burning ROM Apr 2013

The best alternative for Nero for Mac is definitely Roxio Toast. The best free alternative is Burn for Mac. More info and video:


Nero Linux 4

Positive Comment by Journeyman
about Nero Burning ROM Feb 2013

Unlike its Windows version the Linux version is quite amazing and not bloated at all, if all free alternatives fail try this.


Nero Packages

Comment by AwkwardReply
about Nero Burning ROM Apr 2012

I very much liked Nero 5 back in the old days and still use it on a derilect W2000 machine.
I had been using Nero 8 to some extent but for limited usage as the software had become too awkward to use. Complex sequences and at the end of a sequence you were left with antiquated user interface styles.
Nero Vision stopped working on my Nero 8 installation and I thought it might be hardware, no I tried to install on another computer. Of course, I got a message that I could not. The email link to support didnt work and so I did it manually. Unfortunatley, I got a reply back in "some sort of english". The reply used english words entirely but the syntax made no sense whatsoever. In the end, I purchase a Nero 11 but Ouch, what a mistake! Even more awkward to use than Nero 8. Germans seem to have this capaicity to over-complicate software to the nth degree without making it more functional but rather less functional. Take .AVG for example, or Adobe Acrobat and I even tried the simplest of Adobe read/writers. Ouch. why would anyone use such junk.


I'm going to say that this is a great software, even though ...

Comment by Reprotected
about Nero Burning ROM Jun 2011

I'm going to say that this is a great software, even though I encountered a trillion problems with it. Contradiction much? For the price, it is not worth it. Not even Nero Linux 4 is worth it.


I'm still confused as to why people still use this. InfraRe ...

Comment by evan
about Nero Burning ROM Jun 2011

I'm still confused as to why people still use this. InfraRecorder works a lot better, isn't nearly as bloated, and is free/open source. Nero was the best before Open Source developers had come up with a viable alternative. Nowadays, that's just no the case.


I used to use this, but its way too bloated and slows down ...

Comment by s0me0ne
about Nero Burning ROM Jun 2011

I used to use this, but its way too bloated and slows down your boot time. Plus that bloody animated logo thing on bootup is annoying. Make the switch to something else, I use cdburnerxp now


You actually have to download additional app nero provides ...

Comment by gzp
about Nero Burning ROM Jun 2011

You actually have to download additional app nero provides to uninstall their products without a headache, here it is for nero9 . My recommendation is to stay away from nero, there is plenty of much better alternatives.


Hands away of Nero! Uninstall completely incomplete!After t ...

Comment by em4020
about Nero Burning ROM Jun 2011

Hands away of Nero! Uninstall completely incomplete!
After the deinstallation there are still over 50 entries in the systems registry (regedit), which one must delete separately.


As I bought a DVD burner 1 year before, "Nero 7 essentials" ...

Comment by em4020
about Nero Burning ROM Jun 2011

As I bought a DVD burner 1 year before, "Nero 7 essentials" was included. I did not choose this software. Now Vista reported a problem:
"Solve a problem with Nero 7. Nero 7 has stopped working properly. A newer version of this software is available for download that addresses this problem. Nero AG recommends updating to take advantage of security and stability improvements.
Click to download the update from the Nero AG website."
Nero is the 1st software I know, which brings a security & stability danger for your computer, if you do not BUY the newer version.
Normally security upgrades are for free, if you have a legal software.
Therefore I rapidly deinstalled Nero 7 essentials, which required with its 1.98 GB by far the most hard disk space of all my programs, and substituted it by ImgBurn, which needs only 2.29 MB.


Used to use Nero all the time but it just takes over your c ...

Comment by foxhead
about Nero Burning ROM Jun 2011

Used to use Nero all the time but it just takes over your computer. Try uninstalling it and see what a nightmare that is. I have tried CDburnerXP and IMGBurn but not impressed. I could never suss out what the hell IMGBurn was up to although I understand it has improved a lot recently. I use Ashampoo Burning Studio 6 now because it is simple, does not take over your computer, is free and it works as well as anything I have ever tried. Just make sure you don't register or give your email address to them as they love to send out emails.


Nero takes up a lot of system resources and has a lot of us ...

Comment by RoyalKnight
about Nero Burning ROM Jun 2011

Nero takes up a lot of system resources and has a lot of useless functionality: things like it's own media browser and disk crawler. While it'd be nice if you can easily turn them off, it isn't, and simple CD burning has turned into a bloatware. For things like Nero Vision, I can understand the system load, but CD burning? Sorry, but that's not for me. I've switched to CDBurnerXP for your bread-and-butter burning due to its reliability (it's never crashed on me and I've had very few coasters compared to Nero), better handling of my system, and a more price tag (free).


Nero is good, but for me it has always been slow and take u ...

Comment by Aaron
about Nero Burning ROM Jun 2011

Nero is good, but for me it has always been slow and take up too much processing to run.


Nero is still one of the best choices. I have tried a numb ...

Comment by janduplessis
about Nero Burning ROM Jun 2011

Nero is still one of the best choices. I have tried a number of other alternative applications, but always seems to get back to Nero. It just works!


ImgBurn and Cdburnerxp are both great choices, although I t ...

Comment by askj113
about Nero Burning ROM Jun 2011

ImgBurn and Cdburnerxp are both great choices, although I think imgburn really only handles disc images. Cdburnerxp has a wider range, but neither has the wizards and slickness of nero. But for the most part, you can do as much with these.
Windows dvd maker fails, and I've heard good things about ashampoo.