Best DAEMON Tools Alternatives in 2021

    DAEMON Tools is described as '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/' and is one of the leading apps in the CD/DVD Tools category. There are more than 25 alternatives to DAEMON Tools for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, BSD, Mac and KDE. The best alternative is WinCDEmu, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like DAEMON Tools are Virtual CloneDrive (Free), ImgBurn (Free), PowerISO (Paid) and UltraISO (Paid).

    This page was last updated Jul 16, 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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      Almost everyone thinks WinCDEmu is a great alternative to DAEMON Tools.
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      It works great, is open-source, extremely lighweight and comes with few useful options.
      Top positive comment  over 4 years ago

      frenchiveruti It's free of ads, free itself, and also open source and extremely lightweight and easy to use.
      Top positive comment  about 4 years ago

      SCSIs don't work with WinCDEmu
      Top negative comment  over 2 years ago

      Perfect, simple and opensource tool! No ads, no crapware, perfect. Had I known about it earlier, I would have never even touched DAEMON.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

      Free and reliable, very few cpu and memory consumption
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

      Lightweight, poretable, fast
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

      Small, free, and do the job.
      Positive comment almost 3 years ago

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    2. 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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      Almost everyone thinks Virtual CloneDrive is a great alternative to DAEMON Tools.
      bystro Very simplistic interface and easy to use. Unlike Daemon Tools' complicated one
      Positive comment over 3 years ago


    3. ImgBurn is a lightweight CD / DVD / HD DVD / Blu-ray burning application (39 languages) that everyone should have in their toolkit. ImgBurn supports a wide range of image file formats. It can burn Audio CDs from any file type supported via DirectShow / ACM.


      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. It can be still downloaded from the official website and works on Windows 10.


      The installer contains bundled adware. Be careful during the installation: Forum

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    4. 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 CD-ROM image files including ISO and BIN.


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

      Most users think PowerISO is a great alternative to DAEMON Tools.
    5. 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 image file, UltraISO is the tool you need.
      Most users think UltraISO is a great alternative to DAEMON Tools.

    6. CDBurnerXP is a free application to burn CDs and DVDs, including Blu-Ray and HD-DVDs. It also includes the feature to burn and create ISOs, as well as a multilanguage interface. Everyone, even companies, can use it for free.


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

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    7. Brasero is an 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.
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    8. AcetoneISO, is a feature-rich and complete software application to manage CD/DVD images.


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

      Almost everyone thinks AcetoneISO is a great alternative to DAEMON Tools.
    9. 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.
      Most users think ImDisk Virtual Disk Driver is a great alternative to DAEMON Tools.
    10. 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 click of a button.


      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.

      Most users think Alcohol is a great alternative to DAEMON Tools.
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