Free Alcohol Alternatives

    The best free alternative to Alcohol is WinCDEmu, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 25 alternatives to Alcohol and many of them is free so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting free alternatives to Alcohol are DAEMON Tools (Freemium), Virtual CloneDrive (Free), ImDisk Virtual Disk Driver (Free, Open Source) and MagicISO (Freemium).

    This page was last updated Apr 26, 2021

    1. WinCDEmu is an open-source CD/DVD/BD emulator - a tool that allows you to mount optical disc images 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 disc, WinCDEmu is the easiest way to do it.
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      WinCDEmu vs Alcohol opinions
      Most users think WinCDEmu is a great alternative to Alcohol.
      Mounts images well, fast, installs in seconds, no reboot required. Gets the job done with no hassle.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

      It is free, of course. And yeah it is easy to use, it is lightweight and yes, it is fast. However, I recently discovered a thing that this software can't do, which is, change an already mounted image with another image at the exact same drive letter, while it is in use.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

    2. DAEMON Tools Lite is an advanced application 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, *.pdi, *.isz disc images to a virtual drive. Make .iso, *.mds/*.


      Lite installer contains ads. Be careful during the installation: Forum

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      Almost everyone thinks DAEMON Tools is a great alternative to Alcohol.

    3. Virtual CloneDrive works and behaves just like a physical CD/DVD drive, however it exists only virtually. Image files of various formats (.iso, .
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    4. 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 a console-mode control program called imdisk.
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      • Windows
      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 handle bootable information at meanwhile.


      The program is no longer updated.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

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    5. 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 project, which was started by Robert Penz.
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    6. AcetoneISO, is a feature-rich and complete software application to manage CD/DVD images.


      The latest update on SourceForge was on 2013-10-25.

    7. 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.
    8. 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 letter.
    9. Nero MediaHome is the universal media center for archiving, organizing, creating, and play back your files.
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