Nero Burning ROM Alternatives and Similar Software

Ah, the good old days when the hottest thing on the block was a freshly burned CD-ROM with some MP3s on it. Software to make that happen, such as Nero Burning ROM, was the coolest software on the planet. Well, the world has changed.

Newer versions of Nero has dubious installation prompts for bundleware and Nero is simply not the best anymore. Try some open source alternatives that can be inspected and guaranteed for the safety of both your computer and your sanity.

Another major flaw of Nero is that it's only available on Windows, so if you are looking for an alternative for Linux, Mac, or other platforms, we have you covered, of course!

The list of alternatives was last updated: 2/8/2020 6:41:00 PM

Alternatives to Nero Burning ROM for all platforms with any license

  • ImgBurn

    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. You can use it to build DVD Video discs (from a VIDEO_TS folder), HD DVD Video discs (from a HVDVD_TS folder) and Blu-ray Video discs (from a BDAV / BDMV folder) with ease.

    Free Windows

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  • CDBurnerXP

    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.

    • Bundleware
      The default installer contains Opencandy. A version with no third party offers is available in More Download options page.
    • CDBurner XP is like a Nero with basic funcionality Guest • May 2018 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Windows

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  • Brasero

    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. Features - Supports multiple backends: cdrtools, growisofs and libburn(optional). Note: compiling against libburn is not enough.

    Free Open Source Linux BSD GNOME

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  • InfraRecorder

    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.

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

    Free Open Source Windows PortableApps.com

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  • K3b

    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 audio files or copying a CD/DVD, as well as more advanced tasks such as burning eMoviX CD/DVDs. It can also perform direct disc-to-disc copies. The program has many default settings which can be customized by more experienced users.

    Free Open Source Linux BSD KDE

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  • AnyBurn

    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. Supported formats to burn: (popular types) BIN, DMG, IMA, IMG, ISO, MDF, NRG (all others types) ASHDISC, B5I, BIF, BWI, C2D, CDI, CIF, CUE, DAA, FCD, FLP, GI, ISZ, LCD, MDS, NCD, P01, PDI, PXI, UIF, VCD, VDI, VHD, VMDK, WIM

    • This is a very basic CD/DVD burning tool in its functionality but doesn't have the creative features of a Nero or Roxio but everything it does do, it does well... classic57Apr 2019 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Windows

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  • 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 CD-ROM image files including ISO and BIN. Main Features: Support almost all CD / DVD / BD-ROM image file formats (ISO, BIN, NRG, CDI, DAA and so on).

    Commercial Windows

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  • 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 click of a button. It includes Pre-Mastering function and support for Blu-ray format. There are different editions of Alcohol: - Alcohol 52%, CD & DVD emulation software, is available in two versions, free and 30-day trial.

    • 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.

    Commercial $ $ $ Windows

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  • BurnAware

    BurnAware is a full-fledged, easy-to-use burning software which allows users to write all types of files such as digital photos, pictures, archives, documents, music and videos to CDs, DVDs and Blu-ray Discs (including M-Disc). With BurnAware, you also be able to create bootable or multisession discs, high-quality Audio CDs and Video DVDs, make and burn ISO images, copy and backup discs, extract audio tracks, erase and verify data, recover data from multisession or unreadable discs.

    • Much better: it can do everything nero does and it's FREE Guest • Aug 2015 Disagree   Agree

    Freemium $ $ $ Windows

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  • Ashampoo Burning Studio

    Ashampoo Burning Studio is a versatile software to burn CDs, DVDs and BDs. Movie discs with animated menus, slide shows and audio discs are also equally easy to create. The built-in cover designer produces covers and inlays for all disc types. You can download a previous version (v.1.14.5) and use it for free: https://www.ashampoo.com/en/eur/pin/7110/burning-software/burning-studio-free

    Commercial $ $ $ Windows

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