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I have just created ISO using these instructions:


How can I mount this iso image that was created?

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Linux has a loopback device which lets you mount files that contain a filesystem on them. This will work for images of partitions (i.e. an ext3 backup image) but also works for cdrom images as well.

This command allows you to mount an iso image. In order of this to work, /mnt/disk must already exist:

mount -o loop disk.iso /mnt/disk

The -o switch is for mount options. The loop option tells the mount command to find the first /dev/loopX device and use it.

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Better answer than those also specifying -t iso9660. This is better auto-detected, as the image could be UDF or another format. –  jmtd Nov 4 '10 at 13:41
+1 For not only the actual command, but for the additional details as well. –  jscott Nov 4 '10 at 13:44
up vote 5 down vote accepted

The following command helped:

mount -o loop -t iso9660 file.iso /mnt/test

Found here: http://www.tech-recipes.com/rx/857/mount-an-iso-file-in-linux/

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what if the image isn't iso9660 e.g. UDF? –  jmtd Nov 4 '10 at 13:42

like that:

mount -o loop -t iso9660 whatever.iso /mnt

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As per Antonio's answer, what if the image is not iso9660? –  jmtd Nov 4 '10 at 13:43
The iso9660 option seems to detect most variations of optical disk images including DVD, not just CD or CD-*. –  kmarsh Nov 4 '10 at 13:56

You want to do a loop mount.

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Please put the instruction in your answers. What if nixCraft went offline? –  Aaron Copley Nov 4 '10 at 17:42
Thanks for the tip - I'll do so in the future. –  Dan Nov 4 '10 at 18:41

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